Last year I bought a rambouillet fleece from someone local and I was given a mystery fleece that was unwanted. I brought it home, thinking free wool, sure, I'll take free wool! I pulled out the mystery fleece this past week, and started combing it on the lovely wool combs that my husband Marshall made for me.
This fiber has a softness to it that was rather unexpected, as it was quite dirty when I brought it home, making it hard to tell what the end result would be. After scouring part of it, I realized that this fleece definitely had possibilities even though there was a bit of vegetable matter in it. While combing, a good portion of the vm simply fell away, leaving the clean wool behind.
Ahhh, the possibilities!!
I wanted a diz with a larger opening to make a thick top, so I made do with what I could think up, which was to use the top of a cycling water bottle. I pulled the wool through that to make a top that will be just right for dyeing, which I hope to do today or tomorrow.
The staple length on this fiber is between four and five inches:
I've been spinning some wool top on my Lendrum wheel that has been a dream to spin. I love the color of the wool, with just a hint of variation to the color.
Whatever life brings your way, I hope that you take the time to see the beauty of the spring flowers around you. I am.