Each year around this time I start thinking of all the luscious fleeces that are about to be shorn. Shiny fleeces, Alpaca, Llama, Cormo, Black Merino, one of the Leicesters. I dream of the browns, and the whites, and the blacks, and greys. I think of the Shetland I got one year that was almost burgundy. I dream of all the things I can do with these fleeces. I dream of multicolors and depth of colors. All the richnes. Which fleece do I want? How many do I want? Do I want all of them? One fleece per festival? Many per festival? I can hear husbeast groaning under all the weight of the fleece he’s carrying.
Inevitably the thought lingers on what fleeces do I already have sitting in the basement needing some love….
Oh, hmm, yeah. There’s um, well, theres a couple.
To avoid the guilty feelings of all the lingering fleeces, I need to process one before I buy new. Now you know once I get to the fiber festivals and see the fleeces, all the guilty feelings have run away and hid. Because if guilty didn’t run away and hide, greed exuberance would beat it to a pulp. So guilty feels free to hang around for now. Come NH (the first of my season of shows to visit) guilty will be no where to be seen until after the show sometime.
Last year the one I processed, I never did anything with it. I don’t like it. There is too much hay in it. I bought it 3 Fiber Frolics ago and thought I could deal with the hay. I lovingly picked through and seperated out major colors in my 11 pound fleece and scoured half of it but didn’t want to deal with the hay last year. I don’t want to deal with the hay this year either.
At least this year I got up the gumption and I put a few ounces through the carder (that blurry tan in the lower right hand corner – you know all these photos can be enlarged right?). Most of the hay fell out in the carding process. Now I have to clean the carder really well. With all the work I’ll have to put in it, I don’t think I’ll have the energy to spin it. I might send it out to be processed. hmmm. that’s not a bad idea.
I boxed up Corrie again and turned to the Llama I got at MDSW 2005. The llama folks had a gorgeous sample done where they didn’t card the fleece of a multi colored llama. They spun it from the lock and I loved it.
I’m going to knit that up before I decide what I’m going to do. I may just card the whole fleece. I know I’ll lose the color blocks unless I seperate and card each color by itself, which isn’t going to happen.
With all that, I started washing Cosmo:
Cosmo is a cutie pie of a fleece. No hay, no dung tags just a bit of greese. I’m in love with Cosmo. I got him from a little farm we visited on our fiber tour. Anj do you remember that place? They had a gorgeous open layout house and all the fleeces were in the loft. I think I need to visit them again. If I get Cosmo’s fleece from this year, maybe I’ll ply the 2 together and then I’ll have a good amount for a sweater.
See, always thinking ahead to the next fleece.