Now that the pin-up contest is buttoned up for this year, I can refocus my attention on my sheep. The spring lambs have pritner doubled in size! I promise to post photos of them soon, but I was itching to get back to my spinning wheel. I spin on a castle wheel, handmade in Wisconsin by Jerry Jensen. It is solid cherry and has beautifully turned legs and spokes. It was a big investment, but it's the only wheel I ever plan to own (honestly). It spins like a dream and travels with me everywhere!
Tabitha Twichit enjoys my spinning stool too (made by husband, Hank, to match the wheel), but I ousted her to work on Gingersnap's fleece.
Hank did the shearing a few months back; then I picked and washed the fleece. Although I typically send out my fiber to be milled into rovings, I choose to spin from the lock in order to preserve the colors. Ginger's fiber had about 2 inches of brown on the tips before it faded into a beautiful silver grey at the base.
Using a lock at a time, I separated the fibers, lengthened the lock and spun. The resulting yarn had very distinct layers of brown and grey. Had this been milled, the colors would have mixed evenly together. Milling does make for a gorgeous heathered yarn, and I may send out some of the fleece yet. Spinning from the lock is a bit slower!
The finished yarn is a 2-ply worsted weight. I have a few skeins done up, but no plans for a project yet. I like to spin in the evenings when my mind is tired from the day. And it seems that I can produce more yarn than my needles can keep up with!
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