{Behind the Scenes} Cleaning a Raw Fleece is Pretty Dirty

{Behind the Scenes} Cleaning a Raw Fleece is Pretty Dirty

We live in an instant gratification society. Everything is now and how fast. Cleaning fleece is the exact opposite of this. It takes time, patience, and a lot of soap. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to process my own fleeces, and the payback has been more than just fiber. This fleece is Romney, from my new sheep friend over at Grape Hollow Farm. I’m learning to take my time and breathe a little while I’m working. With any luck, I’ll have this and the other Romney (different farm) and alpaca (also a different farm) fleeces ready to be carded by September. There’s no instant gratification here, but I’ll have a wonderful selection of fiber to spin through the winter.

The Jumbo Flyer that is Teaching Me All About My Spinning Wheel

The Jumbo Flyer that is Teaching Me All About My Spinning Wheel

I was spinning up some yarn for my friend Mary (it’s in the mail today, I promise), and I had to split it among two separate bobbins. It wasn’t a big deal, and the yarn came out awesome. I found myself wishing I had a larger flyer and bobbin for my wheel. I’d be able to spin one continuous hank of yarn. I swear, the Universe cocked her ear to the side and started listening to me. I woke up the day after finishing the yarn to a lady posting a jumbo sliding flyer that just happened to fit on my spinning wheel. It was a sign.

{Craft Show in the Know} Everybody Needs Signs

{Craft Show in the Know} Everybody Needs Signs

I’m completely guilty of slacking at this at my shows. My signage leaves quite a bit to be desired, and it’s time to change the lack of sign situation. In reality, all of us artists should be embracing amazing (and totally helpful) signs at our craft shows. I see poor sign participation at craft booths more than I see amazing signage. Maybe it’s one of those things that is so simple that it’s commonly overlooked? I don’t know. My signs are pretty pathetic, and I don’t really have a good excuse as to why. I just never invested the time into making/buying some signs.

Behind the Scenes {Eight}

Behind the Scenes {Eight}

My main accomplishment so far this week, is me getting back to spinning. I managed about 56 yards of some Merino yesterday and then started on this angora that I’ve been working on for a while. The staple length is a little shorter than it’s supposed to be, and that’s making it more difficult than it should be. That seems to be a normal thing around here. A little progress is better than no progress at all, right?