i'm really pleased with how well this spun up. it is mostly even and very soft. might just enter this into the skein and garment competition.
this is my innocent adventure. i went to msw this year with the intention of coming home with a fleece. i wasn't particularly set on a breed, just wanted the experience of the fleece sale.
jessica and i approached the area with trepidation, trying to figure out what to do and not look like idiots in the process! we were approached by a volunteer who offered to help us out. at first i declined, but after getting sternly spoken to by another volunteer, i took her up on her offer. she guided my through the process... visual clues, tactile clues, olfactory clues.... and soon i had myself a fleece. seven pounds of border leicester procured for all of $2/lb. hmmmm, did i have crap or gold. it went right into the processors truck and arrived during the tour. i decided before i packed it into the stash i should take a look at what i got. gave some to my fiber guru~amy, and she deemed that it was definitely not crap! so, i spun up and plied 4 ounces. i am thrilled to report that it is indeed not crap! the color is a dark, rich brown....almost black. not super soft, perfect for an outer garment of some sort. i was able to spin it thicker than i've been and still keep it even. i'm hoping that washing will soften it up. i still have 3 pounds of fiber, so i will have lots of choices in what i do.
i'm working on depleting stash and found an early purchase from nistock farms. 8 ounces of fiber ~ spring meadow.... 90% lambs wool & 10% silk.
lets see how long i hold up!