Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Being on vacation is exhausting!

I ended up with about 15 lbs of fiber, my most restrained Shepherds Harvest yet.  Now, that came from 7 different sheep, but I bought only one full fleece - I mostly got only 1-2 lbs of the rest.  Several of the fleece were from breeds I haven't worked with before - a Columbia X, Dorset, Suffolk X, and Shetland.  And then there were the tried and true breeds that I get every year, like a BFL x Romney.  Some of this fiber will probably show up as batts in the shop.

And now I'm halfway through my third annual post Shepherds Harvest week of vacation.  I've been skeining yarn like crazy for my first attempts at gradients, long stripes, and other fun techniques I've not tried before... or at least not tried successfully.  In the past, these dyeing binges have resulted in new repeating colorways.  If all goes according to plan, a lot of this week's dyeing will happen tomorrow.  We'll see what happens.

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