Friday, April 9, 2010

A Wooly Post

The girls and I have great hopes of mimicking the self sufficient pioneers and turning our sheep into yarn.
We'll need to purchase hand carders and either repair or replace our spinning wheel, which hasn't been in use since before I had Becky.

In descending order, here's the evolution of our yarn dream.
First, Shirley gets a partial shearing each day.
Next, the wool goes into a storage container.
Then, it gets gently washed with detergent to clean off dirt and some lanolin.

Wouldn't it be amazing (and unlikely) if I posted us dying, carding, and spinning this clean wool?


  1. I think that's really cool. A friend of mine (you can find her blog on mine, 6 sheep and a llama) is doing the same as you right now. She clips the saddle part by herself and then I go hold the sheep while she does the underneath. She cards and spins it. I'm so tempted to buy an angora goat but I don't knit or crochet. Maybe I should learn. I can't wait to see the pictures of what you and the girls create from your fleece.

  2. You will get there! Keep aiming for it and you will be spinning and dying your own wool soon!