The life and times of Jenny Holden: Wildlife Consultant, freelance writer, wilderness addict and novice shepherd.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Some of the readers of this blog might be thinking "and about time too!" I've finally started learning to process my own wool and a New Year's Resolution is to start making proper use of my fleeces.
Today, I dragged my friend Diane along to the local Spinning Group to begin learning to turn my lovely fleeces into yarn.
There were plenty of spinners there with a range of experience and some different types of wheel and spindle to try.
We chatted about different types of fleece and had a go with blue faced leicester, alpaca, hebridean and shetland blended with BFL.
I was interested that the general concencous within the group of more experienced spinners was that the staple length of shetland was rather too short and that, although beautiful, required a more experienced hand to use! Food for thought if these are the folk that I would like to buy my rovings in the future.
I took a range of fleeces, with varying staple lengths, along for people to look at.
The great thing is that the group has a wheel and other equipment available for group members to borrow. So I've booked a week of having the wheel at home and can't wait to get practicing. Looking at this rather sorry first attempt; boy do I need the practice!
In a couple of weeks time I have my first felting group meeting so I'll be looking forward to that :o)