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I finally got some of Sassy’s wool spun. I started out at the wheel with an idea of what I wanted the yarn to look like, but Sassy wasn’t going to cooperate. I finally decided to just let the wool do what it wanted to:
I’m happy with the way the yarn turned out, once I stopped fighting with it. I might knit a shawl with it, I thought it was going to be a coarse wool, but it actually feels pretty soft after washing it.
Yesterday I signed up for Camp Pluckyfluff!, an “art yarn” spinning class to be held in Berlin, MD This coming October. I’m worried that I won’t be able to keep up with the class, will have to practice a lot over the summer. Last night in my spinning class I practiced plying, a skill I will really need for the class this fall. This is what the yarn looked like after I was finished:
Turned out ok I guess for the first time I’ve done this technique. Next week is the last spinning class, will be sorry to see it end. There are only 3 of us in the class, we’ve had a good time together. Will practice spinning and plying this week so I can get the most out of the last class!
I just finished a painting for my youngest daughter’s birthday. I have never given her a painting before and she doesn’t know what my paining style looks like, so I was afraid to show it to her in case she might not like it. Then she would feel obliged to hang it whenever I came to visit! I brought it to her house on Sunday and presented it to her, she seemed to like it and we figured out where to hang it. Here’s a pic of the finished work:
I don’t use purple much in my work, but it’s her favorite color. I think it turned out pretty well.
Spent all day yesterday and the day before washing my newly acquired fleeces. It took me a long time, partly because it was the first time I’ve cleaned a fleece. They were much dirtier that they looked before they went in the water, I had to wash them three times and rinse them repeatedly. Now I know (if I get a chance to acquire a fleece for free) there is no such thing as a free fleece. I was lucky the weather was beautiful so it could be dried outside! Out of 6 lbs of fleece I got 4 lbs. washed this weekend.
Buddy really loved the raw wool before it was washed, he wanted to roll in it and then take a nap on it. He thought the smell was absolutely divine.
I did spin a small amount just to see what it would look like, it was easy to spin and looked pretty good. Now I have to figure out the best way to process the wool.
I did quite a bit of spinning over the weekend too: this is a pic of the yarn I spun.
It looks pretty good if you don’t undo the skein. Then you can see it’s a little overspun. Also finally finished a shawl I’ve been working on for a while, I had to rip it at least halfway out because of mistakes in the last part of the design. The pattern is by The Spun Monkey.
I have been knitting and crocheting leaves to embellish the top of the shawl, not sure how that will actually look, and will need lots more leaves.
I bought a fleece at Sheep and Wool, I’ve never done that before. I was walking around in one of the buildings and came upon the most beautiful white, brown and black fleece. I found out it came from a Jacob sheep, a rare breed. Each bag of fleece in the booth had a card on it with the name of the sheep, and a little about the sheep. I bought the fleece from a sheep named Sassy, who just had her first lamb this year. Her fleece weighed a little over two pounds.
Here is a pic of a Jacob, they are beautiful animals and can have up to 6 horns. This sheep and her lamb live at Poplar Spring Farm, in Maryland, where Sassy lives. Last night I started washing the fleece, with some trepidation, as I’ve never done that before either.
This is some of Sassy’s fleece drying, I still have a lot to wash.
Here is a pic of the finished fleece. It turned out nice and fluffy, I was afraid it might felt.
I don’t know why I am so fascinated by the story about this fleece, but I am. Haven’t decided how to spin it yet and whether to separate the brown from the white fleece.
Here is a pic of recently spun yarn (not from Sassy) I think I’m finally getting the hang of spinning.
I I was recently inspired by a book I purchased about spinning art yarn, by Lexi Boeger. Janice Rosema is featured in this book wearing an amazing shawl made from cotted(semi-felted sheep fleece) wool and crocheted leaves and other things. I was already knitting a shawl pattern (monkey wrap shawl) from another artist featured in the book: here is a link to the Spun Monkey on Etsy. So I a bought a booklet of crochet patterns from Janice’s Etsy shop that explained how to crochet leaves and started making them to embellish my shawl. I also crocheted some flowers and other designs. Not nearly as easy as it looks! As always, there is a learning curve, which I never expect and always leaves me feeling frustrated. I am still trying though and my results are getting better. Still not liking what I’m seeing tho. Will keep trying. The shawl also has some big mistakes so I will be ripping the last part out and correcting them. Oh well, I’m a sloppy knitter. Need to work on that too.
Finished this one early this week. It had been sitting in my studio unfinished for a few months. I was looking at it last weekend, and suddenly knew what I had to do to finish it. The size is 19″ x 19″. I plan to go larger in my next paintings, before this I wanted to wait until I felt more comfortable with the whole process after not painting for so many years.
I think I can credit my recent class with Flora Bowley for the ease I feel now when painting. She reminded us to trust our intuition and just let the painting happen without thinking about what we are doing so much. I have been doing that and also painting with my hands some instead of a brush, with seems to be very effective. Besides acrylic paints I also used fabric and a little bit of sheep’s roving.