This was the view from my studio on Monday evening.
I can’t believe it has been over two months since my last post. Time is racing by way too fast. I caught a really bad cold in September which returned with a vengeance in October. Finally, last week, after being sick for so long; I decided it was time to listen to my body and get some much needed rest. I spent two days mostly sleeping and it has made such a big difference. I still have a bit of a cold but at least, now, I have energy and am able to get some real work done.
So what have I been working on?
Last Sunday was spent washing fleece. This was my first experience with raw fleece and, over all, it was not as bad as I expected.
My friend and I shared two Leicester lamb fleeces and the shepherdess gave us a sample from her Blue-faced Leicester ram (the dark fleece). I love BFL but what a difference between prepared top and the actual fleece. We will be driving to the farm next April/May to select more fleeces.
This is a simple 10 shaft/10 treadle pattern. Once washed, the wool section will felt and I should have an interesting/textural pattern. I have to play a bit with my samples to determine how much/little fulling, I want. I’m hoping that these scarves will appeal to men looking for something classic and stylish.
There has also been a lot of spinning but, I'll leave that for another post.