Note: I do realize it's not Saturday today! This was the post I wrote yesterday before my internet connection went haywire. I decided to take my Ladybug out to the back porch to spin up my Wensleydale top, and now that my internet connection has mysteriously righted itself, I am sharing this post today!
I'm still spinning up a storm! This week, I pulled out two fibers from my stash: the first, 5 oz. Finn top from Spunky Eclectic in natural cream that I've had in my fiber stash for several years; the second, a braid of very pretty hand-dyed Wensleydale roving from Northbound Knitting, which I purchased earlier this year. I thought it might be interesting to spin singles from both of these fibers and ply them together, but a lot of that depends on how the Wensleydale spins up. The Finn (also known as Finnish Landrace or Finnsheep) was surprisingly lofty - you can't really see the halo in the photo below, but trust me, it's there!Finn sheep:
- These sheep breed a lot and are known for multiple births. Is there anything cuter than sheep twins and triplets?!
- Their fleece is lightweight with a long staple length; it blends easily with other fibers.
- They are small, friendly and relatively low-maintenance. Which means that I'll be asking for a Finn sheep for my birthday this year.
In preparation for another Spinning Saturday, I spent this morning waxing my wheel - there was a lot of debris from the last few projects, so I thought it could use a little routine maintenance before spinning up the Wensleydale. Speaking of which, I have a new plan: I was rooting through my fiber stash and found some merino/silk roving that might do the trick. Again, I suppose this depends on how things spin up today, but I am starting to think that Plan B is the way to go!
I would be remiss if I didn't share a few of my favorite instagrams from this week in honor of Caturday - plus, it's been a while since Tilly and Robin have made an appearance on this blog! Enjoy!
|One of Robin's favorite spots...it used to be my knitting chair!|
|This is Tilly's happy face.|