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wool for the holidays

December 11, 2010

Today I received 2 of my favorite magazines, Selvedge and Wild Fibers. An early Christmas present, from me to me. A big indulgence. All that fibre got my fingers itching so I unwrapped a fleece — 2lbs 6oz. of Icelandic ewe “Bjork” from Tidewater Farm/Jane Hutchins in East Sooke. Oh, it is so wonderful. Perfectly clean, smelling sweet, soft and rich in lanolin. I’m going to let it sit out for a couple of days and just fondle it.  

Then divide it up and dye in natural dyes. Blend it on a drum carder, and spin on quiet moments over the holidays.

I’ll keep you posted.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2010 3:28 am

    your description of the opening of the fleece took me right back to doing that–whether with a purchased fleece or from my own. the visceral response to the very sheepiness of fleece, seems like it needs a new word. i used to order romney (silver, black…)from wally and joan gordon in te horo, new zealand. it was like no other fleece–


    • December 12, 2010 10:31 am

      when I open a fleece as beautiful as this one I fall in love all over again. There is nothing I can do to it that will make it more beautiful than it already is.


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