The next thing I've been working on is a pretty good sized quantity of batts that I had made of some of the pink Romney from way back when. I blended it with some great light gray Corriedale from a ewe named Sierra from my favorite shepherd in Colorado. I also decided to blend in a little bit of white icicle to add some sparkle to the yarn. My original plan was to knit up a ruffled scarf that I found in Spin Off some time ago. An odd thing happened as I worked with this blend. The Corriedale was a little "sticky" to work with. I had washed it quite a while before I actually did anything with it, so it "rested" in that state. Since the blending was already finished, I went ahead and spun it up the way it was. But I also decided to re-wash some of the fleece that hadn't been used in the blended batts. Much, much better... feels clean and pleasant again. I had no idea such a thing could happen with fleece as it sits waiting its turn in my stash. I'll definitely chalk this up as a learning experience! I doubt that I could spin a fleece "in the grease" since I found a little stickyness so icky to work with.
Here's a shot of the singles on the spindle and the bobbin that I load the singles onto as they accumulate. This way I don't end up with a bunch of tiny skeins.
I still have a little more to finish up but I am on the last batt now. The sparkle of the icicle doesn't really show up on the pictures - most sparkle fibers seem to be pretty camera shy. I wonder sometimes how people get shots of Angelina that show the multicolor glittery effect.
I made another neat discovery. There is a virtual knitting/spinning guild of sorts over on the Knit Picks website. I've just joined up... it should be interesting to see what I find over there.
Until next time....