Dear Perendale – Letter the Second

Dear Perendale, I thought that we were friends. I thought that you would cooperate, be shiny, be bouncy, be a happy wool for me, but that just wasn’t meant to be. I washed another ounce of your shiny locks, waited ever so patiently for them to dry, then I started making rolags. The length of the fibers should have been my first clue that you were not going to cooperate. Once I had carded your luxe fibers, I still harbored a dream that you would spin like a dream for me. Alas, perfect yarn was not meant to be. Despite the fact that  your rolags were perfect, puffy tubes of spinny...

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Dear Perendale – Letter The First

Dear Perendale, When I met you, you were grungy and yellowed. Your locks were jumbled, and you had a lot of short bits, but I knew you were a long wool type of sheep, so I hunted for the longest of your fibers. Perendale, magic happened when I washed your locks. What once was filthy and yellow and gritty with dirt, became silky and soft. Your fiber was actually a shiny white, soft to the touch and as long as my hand. I was inspired to comb your wool using single pitch Viking combs. I spun your smooth worsted singles right off the comb, and I was rewarded with some of the most fantastic yarn....

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A letter to a sheep: CVM

Dear CVM, I can't quit you!

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Washing wool, lock by lock

My Mojo Sock is in time out, so I started a new sock out of Opal Wildflowers. It’s not very interesting to look at yet, as it’s just a plain sock. Instead of showing you a picture of a plain sock foot, I’m going to tell you about my exciting mail. This week I received a box from The Spinning Loft. The Loft is known for their selection of raw fleeces. The variety that Allison stocks is impressive, even including a new shipment of British breeds, imported from their homelands. When the box arrived, I dug under the bags of fiber to come up with the two books that I had...

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Duckworth Wool

Men’s Journal did a very nice article about Duckworth Wool. Duckworth is a new outdoor clothing company out of Bozeman, Montana, is concisely told on their tagless label: “Grown-Spun-Knit-Sewn — Made in USA.”1 Duckworth is using “Helle Rambouillet Merino”wool. This seems to be a cross between a Rambouillet and a Merino being grown by Helle Farms. The Helle family, a third generation sheep farm in Dillon Montana, specialize in range lambing Rambouillet sheep. They seem to be selectively breeding for both meat and wool, with an emphasis on wool.2  The Helles...

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