March 28, 2010

Sheep to Sweater Sunday n° 34 "Ponette : The Story of a Fleece"

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Felix said...

What a beautiful story of wool processing, fleece salvage, and knitting.
The shawl looks lovely and I think was well worth all that effort. I love that you salvaged all that fleece that would normally go on the compost heap!

Diane said...

Thanks Felix. It was a labor of love! Although I'm really happy to have processes this fleece (& the shawl really did turn out nicely!)... I have to admit that I would hate to have to work on too many fleeces that have this much veetable matter ... takes the fun out of fiber arts!

Mme D'Silva said...

Hi Diane, I tried to send you an email though the contact facility but it wouldn't allow me to send. I would love to talk to you about some possible spinning lessons for our small flock of Ouessants. Could you drop me a line to so that we can make contact please? I love your work here :)

Best wishes


Nicole said...

I'm amazed!!! I love my wool combs but never imagined that they could rescue such a veggie-matter-full fleece. That is just so encouraging. Your work is beautiful!

Stasia said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing the information!

The rain water you use for soaking... is it heated, or "as-is?" Do you change it during the week-long soak? Thank you.

Diane said...

Thanks Nicole.

Stasia, the rain water is cold. I don't change the water. After soaking for one week in cold rain water I generally lift the fleece and let it soak in a tub of "clean" rain water for one day (as a rinse) before drying. There are a number of posts regarding my cold water soak on the blog. They should answer most of your questions.

best regards,

Amy said...

Diane-this post is excellent! So much work went into all of it from maintaining the sheep, to shearing, washing, combing and knitting. What a fine job you have done...and a breathtaking shawl to show for all your efforts! I have a project of a non-knitting sort I have to finish on a deadline, but then I'm going to work on a swallowtail shawl, too. (Although Gretl's wool might sell before I can utilize it for myself :) I truly admire your work! Thank you for sharing! Amy at Wheely Wooly Farm

Diane said...

Thanks Amy.
You'll LOVE the swallowtail shawl. Pattern is well written. It's also a fast knit, took me less than 1 week just knitting a bit every evening. Note that I only did 9 repeats of the budding lace pattern (pattern calls for 14), as I wasn't sure that I'd have enough yarn. Also check out my Ravelry project page for my way of doing nupps. Everyone complains about this stitch, & I understand why. I did come up with a simple way of doing them that actually looks good.

Sunsun said...

Such a great love-wool story.
It's amazing to see that you were able to knit such a wonderful shawl from that fleece!

Diane said...

Thanks Sunsun! It was quite a challenge & I have to admit that I wouldn't want to work on too many fleeces with that level of veg. matter in them. That said, it is amazing what one can do with the proper tools.

maylin said...

That is definitely a WOW factor project. Absolutely gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shawl- so glad you took the extra time to comb! I have a black-fleeced velcro sheep as well. Expect I'll be doing the same sort of thing next spring!

thecrazysheeplady said...

What kind of combs are those?

Laurence Mille said...

Rien que pour pouvoir tricoter ce merveilleux châle ça valait la peine de "perdre" du temps je trouve ;-) Merci d'avoir partagé cette belle expérience !

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