Okay, I am officially a crazy person.
I am now the owner of three sheep fleeces.
Three WHOLE sheep fleeces.
We’re talking pounds of raw wool, meaning a lot of wool to make a lot of yarn and crafts. Needless to say, this is going to take some time and energy to get through.
How did this happen you ask? Well, in December I heard tell that Merry Meadows Farm located a couple hours north of SF in Willits, CA, which produces award winning wool at county fairs, was having a year end online sale: 3 fleeces for the price of 2.
You can see where I am going with this.
Know what else? I even know the sheeps’ names! Isa, Bianca, and Willie. Isa and Willie are Cormo (Corriedale/Merino) cross sheep, and Bianca is a CVM/Merino cross sheep. And their wool is so, so soft and crimpy. And very clean but still quite sheepy. 🙂
Oh, oh, and you know what else what else? Seemingly just in time for all this wool, I also ordered an electric spinning wheel in December, and I just took it out of its box!
I’ll grant you, the spinning wheel was not quite an impulsive buy. I’d given the whole spinning wheel thing a lot of thought. After doing quite a bit of research I realized that even the most basic spinning wheels have a high price tag ($600 or more), but the Electric Eel Spinning Wheel is an economical choice at only $200. Not only is it more affordable, it’s also known to be easy to use and compact, making it ideal for a beginner like me and for our small urban apartment.
I am thrilled and not a little overwhelmed by all of this, but I just can’t wait to get washing, carding, and spinning. Be prepared for some ongoing updates as I begin my sheep to shawl adventures!