I was in the mood for BLUES, and now that my husband found me a second slow cooker sitting out on someone's curb the day after a neighbourhood yard sale (thank you everyone for not buying it), I can dye twice as much at a time. I like slow cooker dyeing because the fleece doesn't get disturbed in the dye bath and doesn't felt.
There they are drying:
|From top left clockwise: Romney x Merino, Cormo,|
Border Leicester x BFL, BFL x Romney/Cotswold
|From top left clockwise: Cormo, Lincoln Longwool,|
Romney x BFL, Border Leicester x BFL
|RomneyxBFL, Cormo, Lincoln Longwool, BFLxRomney/Cotswold, BLxBFL, RomneyxMerino, RomneyxMerino|
Sounds fun. Seeing as my wheel is significantly smaller than a Country Spinner (I have an Ashford Traditional with a jumbo flyer) I thought I'd try something of what she did, but smaller. Also, no non-wool insertions; I'm going to stick with locks.
I've been getting really into combing. It's so luxurious. I even comb first when I'm going to card batts. I just love the wool top when you pull it off. The locks weren't all the same length, but close enough. I don't think things necessarily have to be perfect in this department. They carded beautifully and soon I was spinning my corespun.
Ready on my combs
After two passes with the combs:
And pulled off in top:
I love love love the blues, and decided for a nice pow of colour to use some green locks to ply in -- these are all BFL-cross fleeces, except the far left, which is Cotswold.
First catch the locks into the loops of your yarn as you Navajo-ply it ...
Then ply the whole shebang - this is plied on a bright blue mill-spun wool yarn with silver and purple metallic thread autowrapped. It hasn't been washed yet in this pic, it's straight off the wheel.
A great weekend project, I think, very enjoyable accompaniment to the murder mysteries I usually listen to whilst spinning. I'm not quite done -- either the skein or the mystery -- and it looks like this is going to fill my spindle twice over once it's all plied together. But I like the yarn, very chunky and textured and I love the colours and what the locks do after the second ply. Still thinking of blues, though. I think I'll be delving into these fleeces again for my next skein.
Here's the yarn, washed and set - as you can see in the second photo, it's super bulky (2-3 wpi) and all told about 19 yards long.
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