Sometimes I get so wrapped up in daily life that I forget to do the fun stuff. Or I put it off. So I’m going to challenge myself. I am starting another “from the ground up” project. Hopefully this one won’t take me 7 years like the last one did.
I have two little Shetland sheep. They are wethers. I’m not sure what color they are. They were sold to me as moorit but now their fleeces are a light oatmeal color. I am using the fleeces from the year that I talked my brother-in-law into helping me shear rather than hauling them to a friend’s farm to meet the shearer. So there are a few second cuts in this fleece.
I took both fleeces from that year and dyed them orange, yellow and green
with Washfast Acid Dyes. I left some the natural color. Then I ran them in order through the carding machine. It blended them slightly. A lovely roving resulted. We took it to the Fiber Festival in Bethel, MO but, while we sold out of all our natural colored rovings, the colored stuff didn’t sell. I was secretly glad because I really wanted to use it myself!
So I’m currently spinning this up. I have maybe 3 pounds to spin. My plan is to spin and ply all of this then also spin some Black Welsh Mountain roving I have in my stash and weave it into either a ruana or some coat fabric for myself. Although, maybe I should weave it as singles since that will make a less bulky fabric.