Then of course I stopped at the Fiber Frolic Fleece Barn…
I was all business with the fleece barn. The fleeces I picked up there are slated to be made into batts for the shop. Not that you will see the same potential (I see all these in multicolors not just grey, white or black) that I do in each and every fleece, but I’m looking forward to making some fantastic batts.
First I saw the Millers fleeces. Anyone that has ever asked for a recommendation on buying a fleece at the Frolic FIber Barn will know that I’ve said to look for the Millers. If you want Coopworth I suggest Ruit Farm North or Hatchtown but the Millers have Moorits, Merinos, Romneys, Border Leicesters, and I’m sure more that I’m forgetting. I managed to find 3 of theirs’ that I like.
^White Merino (those tips will clean up ok)
^Merino – Black Cherry is her name.
If you click on the photos and then go to see them full size, you’ll see what I mean by look for the Miller fleeces. They have quite the write up about each one of their fleeces. You can tell they put some time into this making it easy for new comers to the barn to pick a decent fleece.
Then I went chose some from famrs that I hadn’t purchased fleeces from before. They looked really clean, super soft and with such nice staple lengths, I had no choice.
^Liz Grover provided this lovely Romney
^Arch Tower Farm had this incredibly soft Romney with an intense staple length. It’s at least 7 inches long.
^And finally a lovely silver Romney from Arch Tower Farm
I can’t imagine what I would have found, had I made it to the fleece sale on Saturday. Still, I am walking on air at the thought of processing all these fleeces. If tomorrow is nice I’m going to start going through them and washing them up. Carding is going to wait for a new toy. With my sprained wrist and all the carding I did before the Frolic, I’m done carding by hand for a couple of weeks. If I can stand waiting that long. I’m itching to start on Dafka and some of the new blends for the shop.
Fiber Frolic didn’t end there though. Are you tired yet?
I picked up my Hitch Hikers.
That’s right. I’m carrying the Hitch Hiker wheels from Merlin Tree. I’ll be listing them on the site soon. I’ve also pre-ordered spindles from Dave. As soon as he has them in production, I’ll be listing them on the site. I gave Dave the pieces to the Jensen that needed to be fixed (I think he’s sick of seeing me). I’m sad to not have Jensen to spin on….
But not too sad…
I moved the poor flyerless Jensen to the studio and this Norwegian has taken his place. Yeah, I know… Like a hole in the head. I’ll show you some features another day. There were things about it that made me HAVE to have it.
Oh yeah, I bought some Llama from West Mountain Farm. Again it’s for the batts I’ll be producing. I’m going to go to the local Alpaca farms and picking up a few fleeces for more of the batts. I already have angora…. Yeah, there are big plans. And while we’re on the subject of batts, you should know there are a few left.
I ended up with 5 baskets of batts. Crazy crazy amount. As soon as I can, I’ll be re-stocking the store front.