Enough said. Right? It’s now pretty clear why I referred to it as the best Mother’s Day/Christmas/Birthday present ever.
I suppose I could give some details. It is the Strauch Petite drum carder and we were able to leave Maryland Sheep and Wool with one in hand from the Stony Mountain Fibers booth. Though I had to wait several hours before I could open it up and try it out – as soon as I could, I made a few small batts out of some washed, but unprocessed, Rambouillet I had picked up at a Uniquities Fiber Farmer’s Market. It was amazing and I am hooked.
Since Maryland Sheep and Wool, I have now made those batts and then…..
I finished processing the Jacob fleece. That’s it. The entire fleece, all rolled into little batts of happiness and joy. I no longer have to wonder if I will ever have the entire fleece combed and ready to be spun for Tour de Fleece 2018… No. It’s ready for THIS year’s spinning enjoyment. I could maybe even dream of having the sweater coat knit by the end of this year. Plus, I would much rather spin this in a true woolen-style (long-draw and carded, not combed) and three-ply it so I can have a nice aran(ish) weight yarn.
So, in about two and a half weeks the jacob fleece turned into this:
I chose to card the fleece into batts that would all have a variety of the colors of this spotted fleece. They are all mostly the dark brown with strips of gray and white. This way, it will have more of a tweedy look, instead of running the wool through the carder several times and making it a more consistent color throughout.
I am incredibly anxious to start spinning it up. But I am going to be patient and finish all other spinning projects first and clean my ladybug to prepare her for the Tour de Fleece. When I will attack.