Handspun Shawl – Lady Magdalene

Lady Magdalene Put to Pasture

This is freshly completed Lady Magdalene (design by Kimberly DelaCruz) knit during a Ravelry KAL in the Parts of Craziness group. Rather than using a laceweight or fingering yarn, I used a handspun Border Leicester singles that I had spindlespun last summer. The yarn knit into a fuzzy, almost mohair-looking, textile. This piece was roughly pinned out, but not yet washed and blocked. Still the design is fairly apparent. Here’s another picture…

Ending le Tour de Fleece with Someone New…

Sam the Ram Lamb and his new Pal Sal

Today, Martha and Randall drove down from SoGa with the best present in the world. A ram lamb for our sheepesses. He’s part Perkins, like our girls, but separated pretty far on that family tree. He was born in January, and has the curliest fleece…and a topknot…and horns!  Oh Martha! You are such a peach! Thank you. Look at Sally’s face. I mean…look at that expression. They were all skittish at first and chased and ran and baaaaaed…but now…well…here are some more pictures…

Smiling Sally

You can’t tell me she isn’t grinning.

Learning the Ropes

Sam’s orientation included tours of Dove’s Roost by both Sally and Holly. It’s very interesting to see this. Sally and Holly are 2 yr old twins who, I swear, haven’t been more than 20 feet apart since they were born.

Peas in a Pod

So, all of a sudden, we have affectionate sheepesses…they seem to be saying…”Can we keep him? Please?” Just adorable.

If you’re wondering what this has to do with le Tour de Fleece, well…it’s called planning ahead…he’s my challenge for next year!

Chicken Yarn – Tour de Fleece Challenge Day

Chicken Yarn

What do you get when you spin a garbagecan yarn of Merino, Alpaca, Gulf Coast Native, Rhode Island Red, Partridge Rock, cotton and CVM? You get yarn with feathers! This is some soft stuff. I used the downy baby feathers from the Reds (russet) and my Rock (black).

Artemis Wearing Chicken Yarn Stole

This old lady is so patient and good. She enjoys modelling for mama. At 16, she can get away with wearing this!

4 1/2 Ounces of Sally – le Tour Day 18

Sally Bobbin TDF Day 18, originally uploaded by dovesroost.

This is a nice bobbinful of Sally singles. Four and a half ounces. Presently, I’m carding more Sally, making a basketful of rolags…another 4 1/2 ounces. This is such luxurious stuff! Looking at the fleece, I couldn’t tell. Isn’t that amazing? Even after scouring – didn’t seem special. But, once I charged the cards, and started drawing out the locks…WHOO HOOO! This is one exciting sheepess! I hope she gives us a couple of ewe lambs this year!!!!

Day 17 Tour de Fleece – “Sally the Blonde” Singles

Day 17 TDF Sally Singles b, originally uploaded by dovesroost.

Sally is blonde. She is 2. She has real pretty fleece. Most of the locks are 5 or 6 inches long. Very very soft and, unlike her twin, Holly, Sally has lustrous…yes shiny shiny…fleece. I daresay, it’s hard to spin a fat yarn from this slidy fleece…I was aiming at a 2-ply, but, this might be a 3-ply. I’m too hungry to decide right now. See ya later.

Sally on the Block

Sally is next up. Well…I don’t have any more Holly clean and ready to spin. See the thing is…our A/C died. This is Florida. It’s Hot. We did some research and determined that a new compressor for our old A/C would cost about the same as a few wall units. So, we did what any red-blooded Americans would do…we went to Lowe’s and picked up a wall unit.

When we got home, it was 95 degrees in the house. That was at 5:00. It is now 9:19, and the temp is down to 90. The way our house is situated, (don’t blame us, we didn’t stick it here), the afternoon sun gets worse and worse until sunset. Well, we should expect the temp to plummet fairly soon. But, til then. Ack.

Anyway…this is all i could accomplish, and I want a medal for it, at that. This is about 4 ounces of “Sally” – blonde GC ewe.  Mmm.

Maybe I’ll get to spin her tonight. And just maybe I’ll let y’all in on a secret too. But not right now. Right now, it’s time to post this pic.

Dove’s Green Cotton – Day 15 of le Tour

Dove’s Green Cotton, originally uploaded by dovesroost.

This is natural green cotton from our 2009 harvest. After selecting for depth of color in prior years, this lint is a nice sage. Here you see some lint, and a 2-ply, 28wpi yarn spun on the ol’ Fricke.

Here’s the yarn directly after spinning. Thanks, Smitty, for modeling.

After stripping the natural waxes,  the final color is set – a nice medium sage green.