Annie (chinaraven) wrote in tg_treasures,
Annie
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It's Shearing Season and I will be buying raw fleeces soon for spinning...

Poll #1253033 Fleece interest

As it's shearing season again, I'm looking at types of fleece to pick up for yarns to carry at the Etsy store...

BFL
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Cheviot
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Ramboullet - Very very soft, at risk for felting.
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Merino - very very soft, at risk for felting though.
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Tunis - garment grade
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Southdown (not as prone to felting naturally)
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Romney
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Super-Wash Merino (will NOT felt, but is treated to be this way)
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Jacob (Rare fleece)
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Corriedale (Awesome stuff, if you like BFL, you may very well like this)
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I really don't care - just get more of your hand spun and hand dyed's up already!!!
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Can you take some time to explain what the various fleeces are like and what a micron count is?
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For those who've asked about Blue Faced Leicester, I contacted a shepard in Michigan who happens to have this lovely ewe recently sheared... If she'll ship to the processor for me then I'll have some BFL in stock in around 2 months vs the insanely long amounts of time it takes normally to get my fleeces back. I'm not sure on the cost per yard right now as this fleece is a little more than the normal cost I pay locally for the Romney, Tunis, Cheviot, and Southdown fleeces I get.

On the Dye front, as it's that time of year I'm keeping a pair of rubber coated gloves and a pair of scissors in my car with me at all times... if I see a plant growing wild in an area where I can harvest that I know will be perfect for dying with, I'm grabbing it, and hanging to dry so I can work with it later. I also happened to get in about 5# of Jaquard acid dyes via mail yesterday. I completely forgot I'd bought them when I saw the box on my porch. Needless to say I'm a very happy camper right now. While I don't forsee getting to dye much before mid month (have a wedding reception in Mass next weekend and a bathtub to replace at home before then) I do think that before October I'll get a lot of the roving I do have in stock spun, dyed and listed in Etsy.
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