One of Our Fleeces: From Locks to Yarn

“The Romney fleece you [sold] us is phenomenal. That crimp and hand … the softness was great! I love it. I am always one for the best fleece typical to the breed [that] I can get, and I tend to [lean towards] next-to-the-skin garments, so I love show fleeces (and often wait till fall for them)… I am really studying techniques for handling each fleece and working carefully with them to produce the nicest yarn and best way of working with that breed.” –Kathleen Bruce; knitter, spinner, student weaver

<Many thanks to Kathleen Bruce for her step-by-step photos and descriptions!>

Clean lock with fabulous crimp and luster: hand washed fleece in hottest tap  water with Dawn - 2, washed in lingerie bags with 2 rinses with a bit of white vinegar, then spun in washer in bags without water spraying on wool and dried on towel

Clean Romney hogget lock with fabulous crimp and luster: hand washed fleece in hottest tap water with Dawn-2, washed in lingerie bags with 2 rinses of water with a bit of white vinegar, then spun in washer (in the bags) without water spraying on wool and dried on towel

Clean lock showing lustrous crimp, clean white color, no vegetative matter (VM)

Lock after flicking, ready to spin, tip presented to wheel

As Kathleen spins

As Kathleen spins

2 ply before wet setting: could be a bit more tidy, or be spun/plyed as thinner 3 ply to make rounder more balanced yarn - still experimenting

2 ply before wet setting: could be a bit more tidy, or be spun/plyed as thinner 3 ply to make a rounder, more balanced yarn – still experimenting

On bobbin

On the bobbin

2ply thinner yarn

2ply thinner yarn

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