It has been now 2 yrs since I picked up my Jacob fleece at the IA Sheep and Wool festival. The reason I know this is because the festival was this weekend, and while I skipped it, I was reflecting on it over the weekend as I spun batts from that jacob fleece.
It wasn’t a great fleece. It was cheap. It had a ton of burrs. It was dirty. Lots of VM. I got sick of it, once I started sorting it, and didn’t want to drum card it. So I separated out the colors, then threw it on the drum carder without flick carding. Because I just didn’t care that much anymore.
And I ended up with big fluffy wonderful batts, despite the fact that I really didn’t take the appropriate amount of care with it. Now I am on to the spinning portion of the project. While it is still a dirty spin, the VM falls out as I spin and I am picking nepps out of the wool here and there, it also spins quickly and I am enjoying the resulting yarn. I just make sure I spin outdoors!
I have just finished the remainder of the darkest wool, spun into a gradient yarn. I am not sure of my yardage, I didn’t count. However, I love that I will now be moving on to the lighter colors. Since I’ve got a ton of light grey to spin now, it might be awhile before I get to any plying again.