My handmade comb and hackle arrived this week and they are awesome. I am using them to create top of the Wensleydale/Lincoln/CVM fleece I picked up at The Taos Wool Festival this year. The video “Combing Fiber” by Robin Russo has been very helpful. She has a recipe for keeping wool fleeces static free but alas every time I have gone to the store to pick up the ingredients I always miss one. I do not actually have any rubbing alcohol in my house – go figure! Pictures of the fiber and my first attempts at creating top are attached. Next will be the Suri alpaca fleece and the double coated Shetland fleece.
I discovered the Teeswater fleece that I purchased at Estes is very filthy when I began cleaning fleeces yesterday to use on the tools. I have never quite seen that much straw/hay and poop in 4 ounces of fiber before not to mention the 2nd cuts. I am glad that I cleaned at least portion which led to my removing the raw fleece from my online store. It just doesn’t meet my standards for fiber but hopefully I can make either some great top or yarns to be sold online within the coming months.
As I got sick towards the weekend it has put me behind schedule production wise. All of the yarn that has been created has been measured and labeled. I only have 4 skeins to drop off at Wild Yarns but 4 is better than nothing at this point. I did drop off 2 skeins of handspun yarn made from fiber at Ancient Treasures to them today. Cheryl was very pleased at how they turned out as were the visitors/customers to the ranch today.
Drop Spindle – spinning the 2nd 2 oz of Brown Sheep Wool dyed Brown
Russian Spindle -spinning an ounce of cotton top still
Wheel – alas nothing is on the wheel at the moment but soon will be the Wensleydale/Lincoln/CVM wool top
Navajo Spindle – Empty at the moment
Knitting Needles – Still progressing on the lace shawl (nearly finished) made with pink Orenburg lace yarn; added an additional pattern repeat
- Suri alpaca second cuts (free)
I will be joining in on the Holiday Bazaar this year and in fact I just purchased my own folding table for these types of events. I will be working both Saturday and Sunday and have been given a spot up front which should help increase sales. The Yarn Shop at Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch will be open for Black Friday shopping and I have agreed to work a portion of the 9 to 4 hours. Will be bringing the combs to process more fleeces into top and demonstrate fiber prep.
It has been a slow week for sales but both online shops have seen steady traffic. The Etsy Shop has had several items featured in various treasuries. I think my waste fiber from the top will go into needle felting projects – it’s too pretty to thow out. We hope to carry needle
Well I’m off to work on creating tops until next week enjoy the photos!