Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fleece Fever

 don't yo ulove it when you find something you have been searching for .....in this case, a fleece from a Gulf Coast Native Sheep.  This breed was brought to Florida by the Spanish in the 1500's and it flourished despite the heat, humidity and insects.  A hardy breed!  (I ordered it from Shirley, at Westwinds Farm on Etsy, a farm in Michigan)
 The box arrived quickly and inside was this fleece in a nylon laundry bag.   I like the extra touch!
 I will enjoy every step of this process-the skirting has already been done so there is no waste on my part!  (and no waste in the fleece-literally!)
 The fleece is from a lamb, Rudy, from his first cutting so the fiber will be soft and next-to-the-skin wearable.
 I can't wait to get my hands on this fiber for carding and spinning.   (I will be dyeing it after spinning-maybe.)
 Well, as soon as I can get it away from Sketch, who is just as thrilled about its arrival as I am!
I didn't show her the bag opens up to this!  (About 3 1/2-4" locks)  And it smells wonderful!

5 comments:

  1. Ha! I was just having a discussion with Jerry about FL sheep. He was saying there can't be sheep in FL and I told him there is a breed that was brought over by the Spanish. I win! BTW... I'm over in Crescent for the next week and a half so give me a call when you want to knit. I am going to Jax today (Thur.) and Sunday but any other day is great :)

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  2. I love seeing Sketch front-and-center for a change...pretty kitty. The wool must be incredibly alluring to her!

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  3. You're going to love it. I am still spinning mine and can't wait to finish so I can start knitting it. I don't think mine is as good a quality as yours but it's still lovely. I didn't have much luck with it taking dye well but I really have no idea what I'm doing. I'm sure you have it all figured out!

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  4. Sketch knows a good thing when she smells it!

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  5. The Australian Merino sheep was also bred from Spanish sheep -- obviously a very hardy breed!

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