Our wool is not the best quality coming from mainly animals bred for meat and with a novice shearer and more novice washers and carders but you have to start somewhere!
My last post on wool was the washing and drying. I was scared to wash it too much for fear of felting or matting the wool so it has bits of grass and stuff in it.
|The wool on the left has just been washed. The wool on the right has been pulled open by hand so it cards better.|
|The wool is pulled through the brushes or cards to align the fibers|
|The wool on the right has been carded and rolled so it is easier to spin. It is called a rolag.|
|Here is Emily drawing the fibers out into a thread while spinning the spindle. The twist holds the fibers together and gives it strength.|
|Here is Emily unwinding her spindle. The yarn is thick and coarse which gives it a rustic look. It would make a great hat!|
|I have been doing some cross stitch. This is almost done and will become a pillow.|
I have also been studying Rosetta Stone spanish.
Tuesday we bought 2 new sheep from our neighbors, the Kuschs. Christel brought them over and we put them in the pen so Jim could shear them before we let them out to pasture. They were real jumpy and scared but Jim managed to shear them pretty quickly. Oh goodie! more wool!
They seemed to calm down a bit so Jim introduced them to our other sheep and all seemed well for a few minutes when they both hopped the fence and ran back home! during the middle of a driving, cold rain storm, of course. and there they stay until Jim and the boys can go chase them down and bring them back. In the meantime, Jim has made super shackles for these 2 wayward sheep until they get used to living on this side of the fence. Pictures will follow.