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Fleece processing

Felting Wool is Hard to Do

There are a lot of misconceptions about how easily wool felts. Some people even believe that wool can be felt on the sheep. I’ve been following conventional wisdom about treating wool with care, and slowly debunking some of these through … Continue reading

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Color Blending on Combs

If I was given a choice between combing and carding to process wool, I would pick combing in an instant. It is simply the best tool to get your fiber free of vegetable matter, line up the fiber straight for … Continue reading

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Fleece Quota

If I can just hunker down to just one fleece per year, this would be it. This is Violet’s fleece, a Bond-Corriedale cross. She is sister to Virgil, and her fleece is just as lovely.

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Suri Alpaca

Last year, I went to the Windy Hill Alpaca Ranch in Somis and bided on a suri fleece from Whisper. It wasn’t much to look at because her fleece was dirty and looked like dread locks in many bad hair … Continue reading

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2010 Spring Wool Festival

I just got back from the 2010 Spring Wool Festival in Escondido. The inaugural event is sponsored by Action K9 Sports. There was sheep shearing, sheep herding, spinning, BBQing, knitting and wool processing demos. What a great event! Love it … Continue reading

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Virgil’s Fleece

If someone a few years ago suggest that instead of buying yarn, I would buy a wool fleece, wash it, card or comb it into rovings or tops, spin it and then dye it, I think I’ve gone insane. Perhaps … Continue reading

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