Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Pure Wensleydale yarn made from the long staple wool and then hand dyed. I made 400gms of this.
Some Wensleydale locks that I have named 'Storm Clouds'. These are hand dyed using food dye and the dye set in the microwave using the new steamer I got yesterday. I think that I will dye more in this colour way and then spin them up myself when my new spinning wheel arrives. I think that it will make a lovely art yarn. My new wheel is on its way from the US and I am really excited as it will spin any thickness of yarn
Lastly my soaps these I felt using a coarser fiber that is not really suitable to make into yarn as it is not soft enough
Friday, 14 June 2013
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
It is important to get all the sheep shorn when the warm weather arrives as all sorts of nasty beasts can make their home in all that wool, apart from it being very hot and the sheep are in danger of becoming 'cast'. That is when they get stuck on their backs and they die very quickly.
All a bit uncomfortable for them while it is happening but it only takes a minute or two.
I took a photo of the rams enjoying the evening sun a few hours after their ordeal, perfect weather for them.
The first of the fleece is already washed, dried and in the dye pot as I write this. Great to have the weather to dry the fleece
Monday, 3 June 2013
Monday, 27 May 2013
These are dyed using food colouring. Dyed and then rinsed well in soapy water. These locks have had no harsh or dangerous chemicals used in the washing or dyeing process. They are from the first shearing of my year old lambs and so have really nice tapered ends
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Monday, 20 May 2013