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June 30, 2009


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Amazing! My kids and I went to a llama/alpaca sheep sheering day recently. The speed and deftness of the shearers was impressive. And yes, the scrawny, naked looking animals did seem much happier after the fact!

So, where do your 3 bags full go, Laura?

Right now, it's all waiting for a few hot sunny days in a row so I can wash it (it's easier to do it outside - I spread it out on sheets to dry in the sun). Then it gets carded, which takes a while since I do it by hand with special combs. Some of it I'll sell as roving; some I'll handspin on a spindle and sell. Babydoll wool is soft and very dense, and handspinners and fabric artists like it.

Two items on my wish-list are a drum (mechanical) carder and a spinning wheel (with lessons).

Wow! Is the yarn good for knitting? How many skeins do you get? I would love to buy some! I make a mean pair of mittens. It's amazing that the wool comes off in one piece. (I wonder if "so we'll go no more a roving" comes from this - is "roving" a euphemism?)

The yarn is excellent for knitting, very light and springy. I don't have any yarn at the moment, but I can spin you some. (I just washed a big batch of fleece and now smell a little sheepy.) It may take a while, though, since I use a spindle, not a wheel.

I wonder, too, about the term "roving." I do know that "bellwether" comes from the neutered males (wethers). The shepherds used to put bells on them, and the ewes would follow them back home at night.

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