Another ‘weekend’ for me and I’ve decided to include fleece inventory in my cleaning – more of a thorough spring-type-cleaning than I usually do 🙂 I *think* I’ve gotton most of my clean fleeces together now and WOW – I think I can spin for the next year without really needing to buy anymore, lol. Here’s a pic…
Yep, lol. A little bit carried away. But (in my defense), quite a bit of this was free so how could I help it? 🙂 There is still some awaiting washing, in bins, both alpaca and wool — as well as the bin of clean soft-as-a-babys-skin alpaca, of a much higher quality than the alpaca here in the pillow cases.
Free meat sheep fleece – three bags full! – black, very springy, good for socks/mittens/scarfs and outerwear.
Free meat sheep fleece, I presume suffolk/suffolk cross – both lamb and young adult – great for socks, mittens, outerwear, felting – springy and very white. I have managed to stuff this into one oversized pillowcase and one of those shopping bags. I believe I have more of this if I get around to washing it.
Silver/black and red mohair – great for blending for socks/mittens/outerwear. ‘Nature’s Nylon’
A full bag of mid grade alpaca (free!) which I’ve found is excellent for spinning for mittens and the lighter shades dye wonderfully for stranded colour work. I blend this with wool to give it a little bit of memory. I also have this in two lighter shades….
And yes, there’s more…
This is some Border Leicester that I purchased last year – lovely, long and silky – great for blending for socks or anything where you want to add some silky strength.
This is absolutely lovely silver shetland fleece (about 1.5 to 2 fleeces left) which I absolutely think is a staple fibre. I’ve belended this with so many things! Spins up lovely on it’s own too 🙂
This is probably my current favorite fiber. Purchased from Raspberry Hollow, it is a mixed breed lambswool which I cannot remember, with excellent crimp and beautiful softness. Love it.
And finally – some really wonderful icelandic lamb fiber purchased last year from a local ebay seller. soft and silky!
More to come – I’ve got to see what I’ve got in bins and then there’s going to be the yarn to go through, lol. Oh yes, and the cotton. And the silk. Probably a little bit of superwash merino to rediscover as well…
Happy fiber addictions people! We could do worse things 🙂