Thursday fiber

Little India is the dark one standing slightly behind Nutkin the white ewe lamb
Little India is the dark one standing slightly behind Nutkin the white ewe lamb.  They both have such pretty faces!

It doesn’t look like August from that photo!  John has picked up some dump truck driving jobs this week so I have been messing around the house trying to get some things done that need some sunlight and a little breeze (and I also have not been able to pick up my little car yet as John hasn’t been home at a decent hour to get me over there!).   I never had gotten to skirting the two fleeces that came off of our two ewes who are out of sync with the shearing of the rest of the bunch, so I am tackling the dark fleece today.  Little India is a small ewe, which is one reason she never went to the butcher last fall, but she has such a beautiful, dark fleece that I am glad she hung around.

Gorgeous locks of fiber
Gorgeous locks of fiber

I don’t think that I will get an enormous amount from the fleece.  She was coated most of the year, but as I thought she was going to be shorn one weekend, she got tangled in her coat, I removed it, and then the shearing didn’t happen until the next, or maybe two weeks later. Which means that she does have a little more veggie matter in her fleece than I would have liked, but Coopworth and Border Leicester fleeces have such open locks that most of it will shake out as I pick it for spinning.  It’s beautiful.  I have some washing up in the sink right now.

I had hopes that it would spin up to be enough for a vest, but probably not.  It all depends on how much I end up with after washing.  We shall see!  There’s always something to do with some lustrous black fleece…


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