My goal this January was to card and spin the Jacob fleece that I purchased two years ago at Maryland Sheep & Wool. It was a small fleece, just two pounds before scouring. It was really fine with a short staple of about 1 1/2 - 2" and had little grease/lanolin. One of the volunteers working the fleece sale helped me and told me that she thought this was most likely a lamb's fleece. While it's not quite as soft as merino, it's pretty darn close.
Andy helped me do a bit of the carding when my arm got tired from cranking the drum carder. It was a fun challenge during January and helped to keep the winter dull drums at bay. I wound up with a total of 1,005 yards of a nice worsted weight. Enough I hope for a short sleeved sweater.
In the middle of spinning the Jacob fleece I got a note from my friend Jamee' asking me to do some spinning for her. She and her mom Joyce have llamas, goats and sheep. Joyce's farm is Posy Thisisit Llamas. I always love it when they ask me to spin! So far Ive spun up a total of 2,204 yards of worsted weight yarn for them. Just in February! It's really helping to keep my legs in shape too which is a nice added benefit.
Bobbins of plied yarn waiting to be skeined. This fiber came from Ivy Lace, Jamee's llama. It's a beautiful oatmeal color.
Skeins of the same yarn waiting to be washed.
Im taking this weekend off from work so Andy and I can install a new floor in our great room, hallway and bedrooms. That doesn't really sound like time off...
Here is a before picture:
The carpet doesn't look bad from a distance. Up close is another story.
To be continued.