Tour de fleece 2012

I’m participating in the Tour de Fleece this year (June 30-July 22). My goal is to spin that 5 yellow bags of sheep (and cheap) fleece I bought back in 2004 from a local farm filled with enthusiasm and naivety that it would be that hard to make something really cool with it.

After washing a handfull wool I found out (back then):

1. Raw sheep fiber smells very strongly.

2. Sheep have quite a lot of lanolin.

3. I don’t like the touch and smell of that thing there in the bags.

My conclusion was some what repressing: I put the bags in my cellar for the next 8 years and had a bad conscience about it every time I saw the bags (which was not that often, I really stuffed them in the backmost corner).

But! This year my Tour de Fleece project is to finally give this poorly neglected fiber a purpose and spin it all. Yeah! All the 5 bags. I want to get at least 3 bags done. That’s one bag every week.After spinning that load of wool I want to crochet a rug with it.

Here is my progress so far:

Day 1: 550g singles in bulky weight.

Day 2: 128g fluffy merino in chocolate mint. The mint yarn is handdyed, the brown one is natural sheep color.

Day 3: My fleece is not dry yet so I had plenty of time to ply my singles. The yarn is 4 wpi now.

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