British Breed Sampler Set

Two months ago today I took my first spinning class. It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve only been spinning for two months, as it is all I want to do now. I’m sure the newness will wear off, but for now I want to spin all of the things.

After talking with my long distance spinning coach I decided to try several breeds. While walking around the fiber festival before my spinning class I picked up a British Breed Sampler Set from Honey Gold Acres. With ten different 25g mini braids it was a great way to try out different British breeds. The included breeds are: Blue Faced Leicester, Dorset Horn, Hill Radnor, Masham, Kent Romney, Swaledale, Teeswater, Wensleydale, Whiteface Woodland, and Welsh Mountain.

BFL was beautiful to spin, which I anticipated. I’ve spun it before, and I’ll spin it again. It’s lovely.

Dorset Horn was softer than I expected, and I found it enjoyable to spin.

Hill Radnor can kiss my ass. I did not enjoy this spin.

Masham looked so much like witch hair I scared my kids when I told them that is what I was spinning. It is not soft wool, but it was fun to spin.

Kent Romney was OK. I would spin it again, but I would not seek it out.

Swaledale feels like what I imagine it would feel like to spin wire.

Teeswater – oh my goodness such long locks! I liked spinning Teeswater, but I do not think I would enjoy wearing clothing knit with it.

Wensleydale flew off my wheel. I blinked and I was done spinning.

Whiteface Woodland was my favorite. It spun easily. It is very floofy. I love it. I want to spin this again. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook advices that Whiteface Woodland fleeces can vary significantly. I hope that the next time I get a Whiteface Woodland braid it is as nice as this one.

Welsh Mountain was easy to spin. It would be great in a rug or a wall hanging, but not in knitwear.

Now that I’ve shared my thoughts with you I think I’ll add notes to my Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook. I like to add notes to recipes in my cookbooks, and I think I’ll find notes on fleece just as helpful.

What super nerdy fiber things do you like to do?

FO Friday 1/14/22

I have not been knitting much, mostly because of my new spinning obsession. I’ve spun two skeins recently, both of which I’m really proud of. The first is a blue gradient from Frabjous Fibers – it is 5 ounces of top in the Soles & Eels colorway. This had five different colors that I spun as a gradient. I had so much fun spinning this. I’m thrilled that I have a pink gradient to spin in my stash. The second skein is from my breed of the month club from Long Way Homestead. It is 4 oz of Shropshire Roving. I had never heard of Shropshire before, but it was a delight to spin.

I’m planting a dye garden next summer, and plan to dye to Shropshire with what I’ve grown. I’m going to call it a homeschool learning experience. My kids are already weird among public school kids because they are homeschooled and among homeschoolers because we are secular homeschoolers (in Iowa), so they might as well be weirder by dying homespun yarn and knitting it into clothes. I think weird is good.

I have the luxury of more time at my wheel than most spinners. For that I am thankful. I have been spinning for less than two months and I am already making yarn I can’t wait to use.

I haven’t finished any knitting, but I did finish this beer while talking to most of my WI Sheep and Wool Festival Friends. It was a really good beer with fun artwork. I don’t drink much, so finishing a beer apparently warrants a blog photo.

Did you finish anything this week? If you have any extra knitting mojo can you please send it my way?

Warm Winter Fun

The past few days have felt spring like here in Iowa. Instead of knitting or homeschooling we have spent lots of time outside enjoying the weather. We went on a hike today, which I needed. It had been far too long since I spent some time in the woods. The kids had a picnic lunch (not a normal occasion in January).

Winter will return soon, but for now we are enjoying the warmer weather.

If you are experiencing lovely weather I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it.