I managed to add at least 13 new breeds to my fiber study. There was one booth that had over 60 breeds, but mostly unwashed wool. Since my mother has COPD (and is recovering from double Pneumonia) I am unwilling to bring unwashed fleece into the house. While I am certain that the sheperds do their best, Wool Washer’s Disease is also known as Anthrax, so I am not going to take chances.
Below please find some of my amazing finds, I cannot wait to get started spinning them!
Above are my two braids of Rambouillet from two different vendors. As you can see one is white and combed top while the other is a natural brown and I believe carded. The preparations and probably micron count are so very different but both are extremely springy. I cannot wait to get my hands on them to test and spin!
Above is my Tunis top, I have half of this section already spun into a single, I hope to ply and create samples over this weekend. It was an amazing spin, if a bit coarse. The dyed blues and pinks have mixed together in places to create an amazing purple effect that I am fascinated to see plied.
The extremely rare hog island I obtained is extremely full of vegetable matter. The texture is very springy and I am looking forward to working with this fiber, but I also believe I might try to use the Hackle to get out a lot of the vegetable matter before attempting to spin this fiber.
I must have jiggled the camera an extreme amount while trying to photograph this Black Welsh, but the fiber is divine anyway. A little coarse, but with that deep black color who cares?
I managed to obtain lincoln roving as pictured here, and lincoln lamb locks as pictured below. I will admit I made a mistake, the lincoln lamb locks are not the beautiful long locks I envisioned, they are quite short and I will probably use them to add texture to a batt instead of flicking them open for a true worsted yarn as I first envisioned. The roving is luscious, though a bit coarser than I was expecting.
This half pound of Karukal is just begging me to sink my fingers into it’s pretty softness and spin like the wind. Soon, I promise soon!
This beautiful black braid of Zwartables is going to be a blast to spin, again it is on the coarser side of things, but who knows what it will do once it is spun and washed. The guessing is half of the fun!
I went a little overboard with the Wensleydale, but I cannot for the life of me regret it. I have this amazing half pound that I can use to spin worsted and see how well the finished yarn takes to dye as well as a braid of yellow Wensleydale near the bottom of the post that I can spin up and see the different shades of yellow pop out!
This braid of Textel seems to be on the downy side of wool, it should be a fun, soft spin, and the resulting yarn will be amazing (in its own way just like the rest of the yarns).
At the Coopworth booth they didn’t have any prepared roving but they did have an amazing selection of curls. I love how they look in their bags and did manage to comb out a tiny portion on my new hackle. They comb out beautifully, I think that as I have time I will pick apart the locks that I can find for combing and then use the drum carder for the rest. This will give me a great chance to explore differences in preparation and how they effect the finished product. So much fun and so much to learn!
One of my patrons assured me that I already had some Finn that they spun as a part of their breed sample. Oh well, I didn’t have it written down as a breed that I own, but even so this is such a fluffy bunch (and I was able to practice on an electric wheel for the first time with some skirted finn at the Folk Art Booth, so there is a special memory in this wool already).
This mohair along with the pink locks below were obtained at a booth with two amazing ladies that offered to let me go see their goats anytime I wanted. Even though I don’t live in Maryland I am tempted anyway! At least I have this amazing roving and curls to play with!
No one ever told me that Cormo is one of the softest breeds ever. I don’t know how this is going to spin up, but for now it is like petting my faux angora, so soft and beautiful!
The Cotswold below is such a delight to pet. I cannot wait to spin it up. The Ross Farm was one of two booths at which I found Four different Breeds that I had not spun yet. It was so much fun finding these different companies that raised or processed different heritage breeds.
This fiber is like trying to spin very coarse hair. I have not gotten a chance to even pull it out of the bag other than the tail sticking out the top but I can already tell that spinning this is going to be interesting. I cannot wait!
The last, but certainly not least, bit of fiber I purchased was some Superwash Targhee from a vendor that is friends with my father’s cousin who took me to Maryland Sheep and Wool on Saturday. The colors are interesting but more than that I love spinning Targhee for it’s springy texture. I am not thrilled that it is superwash, I have heard that some people have skin troubles with the chemicals used to make it superwash, but I look forward to working with it anyway.
So, there you have it, my stash haul from Maryland Sheep and Wool. I cannot for the life of me believe that it was two weeks ago already. Oh well, more time to save up for next year!