All skeins are plied, and wound! It took exactly 3 months for this my biggest spinning project ever. First lashing of Romney wool locks to the combs happened on July 19th; last plying happened yesterday, October 19th.
My singles for the plying are coming up from the tin by my wheel. The twist is well distributed when I wind the ball, and also settles over time. There was absolutely no trouble from the singles being this close to my hands in plying.
The ubiquitous mat is there because we need an area carpet already!
The yarn needs a bath, and is quite possibly going into my dye pots. It was at the 5th of those 6 skeins that I realized something: we broke the 2,000 yard mark! Holy major spinning project! Final click reel measurement is 2,608 yards. If you are joining us for the first time in these 3 months this was hand-combed top from approximately 1.9lbs of clean Romney. Or in other words: 1.4818 miles of Ontario iriespun wool!
Squeeing is falling on somewhat deaf ears here. I know you dear audience will get it. From fleece to a mile & a half! It’s a real spinning milestone and I have loved every minute.
Our maple tree has lost an alarming amount of leaves with rainy weather but is still giving the most magnificent gradient.
Meeting this goal of prepping my fleece is downright special. The blanket still needs to be built but we have a good foundation here. Luckily, I also have a stunning raw Shetland fleece that my friend Beth selected for me.
Another friend kindly brought her back from a visit with Beth last winter when I took the picture. I just took it back out of the chest freezer last week. A business card is in the bag, and so I know the ewe who gave this double-coated coloured fleece is Katrina. Her shepherds are Tom and Tracy Livernois in Eugene, Oregon. I’d like to get more Unicorn Power Scour for such prime fleece.
Now we know that I can prepare for a whole project, and I’m all inspired to clean this next!