My stories of jewelry making, spinning, knitting, and all things fibery.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Another Day of Washing and Dyeing

I have only three more fleeces left in my stash, a Shetland, a Scottish Blackface and a Karakul.  Sunday morning I scoured up a good bit of the first two and fired up my dye pots.  The new drum carder is making quick work of all my fiber processing now so I will have to scout around for a few new sources for raw fleeces to replenish my supply.

Here you see Daisy (before washing), the Scottish Blackface, and the first fleece I have purchased from Hickory Ridge Farm.  Drucilla and Dick Beal operate this family farm in Woolwich, Maine and raise sheep, alpaca and angora rabbits.  Drucilla is also a spinner and offers lovely colorful handspun yarns in her Etsy shop.

I am planning an trip to Vernon, Connecticut in a few weeks for the Sheep and Wool Festival there.  Hope to find a bounty of fleece to hold me over until Rhinebeck in October!