I am working with this yarn to prepare for the Pennsylvania Make It With Wool Contest. In that contest, you need to construct garments made from wool. Since our fiber mill is now fully functional, I decided that I would work with Boo's fleece to raise awareness for the Leicester Longwool breed of sheep for my project. There are very few of them in the country and they are amazing sheep. To prepare for my project, my brother sheared Boo. I then washed his fleece, ran it through our picker in the mill, and then carded the wool into roving. Our pin drafter then prepared the wool for the spinning frame. I chose to make a two-ply and a three-ply yarn. I am using a two ply yarn to hand knit a cabled sweater and the three ply yarn to weave fabric I am using to make lined dress shorts. I hope to also finish a matching knit slouch hat too.
Before I put the yarn onto the loom, I hand dyed it. I was very happy with how it turned out. I then chose my pattern to use on the loom, but I'm going to save pictures of that until after the contest. Wish me luck. I can't wait to see and model the finished product in October.
|Off to heat set my yarn!|
|Check that out! Boo makes wonderful yarn!|