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to get away from the decision about the wasps, i drove down to duncan today, to the tiny, packed to the rafters yarn store run by a dutch woman, because i wanted to get my hands on a proper drop spindle instead of fiddling with my homemade one -- just to see what it should feel like. she only had one, and it's a bit on the large side, but since it's by ashford, and a high whorl to boot, i am happy with that. it's 3.5" diameter and weighs 2.76 oz.

even more happiness resulted from the 8-pound bag of dark brown sheep fleece she had sitting outside for C$20. OMG. it's nice, soft fleece too, though she didn't know what breed. i'm thinking maybe shetland, though that would be an unbelievable bargain -- 4.5" staple and nicely crimped; about 7 crimps per inch, ends not a whole lot lighter -- unwashed, but very little cruft in the fleece. it might be some kind of crossbreed.

so here i am sitting, spinning in the grease, straight from the fleece; i've only picked out a few bits of straw. wow, this really is nice. the spindle is heavier than my homemade one, and the lanolin makes the yarn glide very nicely. i'm already spinning a more even size, after just 10 minutes, and without preparing the wool at all. mmmh, i love the smell of sheep.

on 2006-08-23 13:07 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lorres.livejournal.com
Eight POUNDS for C$20.00????

on 2006-08-23 16:21 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] pir-anha.livejournal.com
yeah, a total steal. even if this were much crappier wool it would still be a bargain -- she clearly was just trying to get rid of it.

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