Trying to aviod an unfortunate fiber related accident…

I’m doing a bit of design research in the vain hope that it will help me to avoid a fiber related accident, the fiberphiles among us are fully aware of what I speak. This accident occures in one of two senarios: You are in a yarn store and trip as you are falling to the ground some how your credit/debit card is swiped through the POS (Point of Sale) machine causing you to buy some yarn you had no intention towards when you entered the store. The second senario actually happens in the (presumed) safety of your home, generally the victim is innocently window shopping at some online retailers, occasionally adding items to a dream shopping cart when their attention is drawn away from the computer and they return only to discover that the cat/dog/small child and or House Boggin has not only added more items to the cart but also entered the credit card number, mailing address and you are now staring at an invoice. Because I am wise to these pitfalls I’m working very hard to be vigilant. So far it seems to be working, but I nearly ended up with a new Kromski Sonata before I had saved up the required funds!

The design research I’m doing right now is a bit of pre-planning for when my Royal Fleeces come back from Lindenhoff. As I have mentioned before I bought a dark natural coloured Corriedale and two Lincoln fleece, the Lincolns were a bonus fleece so I didn’t have a project in mind for it yet, however the Corriedale was destined to become a yoke sweater a la Elizabeth Zimmerman from the get go. I have narrowed down the list of possible designs to a simple design like the moon phases, something a bit fancier like celtic spirals or stuff the stranded work all together and knit the Burma Rings Pullover from the Winter 200/01 issue of Interweave Knits (the pattern is available though their subscriber only section).
Does anyone have any other suggestions or opinions? And for the record the fleeces coming to live with you is not an option!

Can ones stash increase the R-factor of your house or help lower the insurance?

I only ask because I seem to be running out of closet and under the bed space for my unspun fiber stash and I’m considering making use of the attic/crawlspace in my house.

It appears that my yarn diet is holding (except for the two skeins I need to buy for a test knit I signed up for) but the fleece population seems to be on a steep incline however there appears to be some visible over all stash shrinkage…or at least some evolution.

Last night I picked up my processed Shetland fleece from Donna at Wellington Fibers (they were lecturing at the DKC and brought it with them to save me the shipping) and have no clue as to what I’ll do with it. It’s 1.28 lbs of fluffy white. Suggestions?

I am halfway through dyeing my alpaca fleece red and it is intended to become C4 (scroll down), the plan is to be done with the dyeing this week and next two weeks will see me spinning like a maniac.

As for my acquisitions from Sunday? Thankfully the three fleeces won’t be ready till February at the earliest, the corriedale (the chocolate one) will become a yoked sweater along the lines of Adriens and I’m debating between this or this for the yoke pattern. Swatching will have to be done…and I’m undecided as to the colour to use for the pattern. The Lincoln fleece are a bit of a mystery to me at the moment, I will have to wait to see how much there is after cleaning and what their colour is like.

**Have had recent great Idea for the Shetland…it will have to remain a Super Secret till it’s completed**

The aftermath…

*This is a delayed posting as Abi and I have been at my Parents for a few days adn they only have dial up…
I have returned home…and the damage wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
The Sheep to Shawl was great fun.


That’s our mighty Lorraine standing in the green shirt with her team from the Etobicoke guild working away. I believe they came in 4th place in the competition but their shawl brought in the most money at 140$ (which if you ask me is a dead steal for such a beautiful hand made item)
Both Laura and Jen called withing ten minutes of each other to say that they had over slept and would be a bit late…Ah the plight of the childless…how fondly I remember those days! I took this opportunity to tour around the fair and revisit some places and see a few things that I had missed when Abi and I went. I was able to see my beloved Lincoln again, these guys are just so laid back and as Jen said they are like the Rastas of the Sheep world and you just know they have the best parties!

and met a sheep who bears a striking resemblance to The Wolfman from the Hilarious House of Frightenstein


Once everyone arrived we ate some foods,watched some more of the Sheep to Shawl then headed off to stake out some primo auction seats. For those auction virgins, one wants to be in the center seat section, then your bids can’t be missed! While we were waiting we got to see a sheep shearing demo and Denny arrived around this time as well.


Then the auction organization stuff got underway.

All the fleece were brought down and organized into the proper order starting with the Grand Champion (who is a farmer from my old stomping ground) as soon as the first fleece hit the table the vultures (us included) were on them like white on rice, what with the touching, the feeling, the listening (yes listening, ask me and I’ll tell you) and occasionally the smelling (rams can be particularly pungent).


Next came registering and getting a bid card and list of the fleece…this was when things became serious…


I went over the fleece again with the list in hand and circled the ones I was interested in and then checked to see if any of these fleece were ones that Denny, Laura or Jen were interested in. All told there were 7 fleece that caught my eye, only 2 of them were ones that the others were also interested in.

In the end I bid on a fair share of fleece but only came home with one, a 6+lb Medium-Fine, Naturally Coloured Corriedale from another farm near my parents.


However as you can clearly see I have two bags of fleece:


The bag on the right contains two Lincoln fleece, one a yearling and the other a lamb. I bought it from one of the farmers who was tearing down his display for 55$! he walked past me as I was gathering my stuff and asked me what I bought. I told him and said that I had hoped for a Lincoln fleece as well but was out bid at which point the Farmer says “Sos you want a Lincoln fleece? Follow me”. This farmer was owner of the Lincolns I had been plotting on trying to sneak home! How cool is that and I bought these two fleece off him for less than similar fleece had gone for at the auction! Double the coolness!

During the auction Denny pointed out a woman who she said is the champion fleece breeder, I checked my sheet and noticed she was from where I had grown up and I even recognized her name…so off I went to introduce myself. Turns out she known who I am and more specifically who my parents are (very important when one comes from a small-ish town) and she was thrilled to hear that I was here to buy fleece and when I asked if she had any more to sell she said yes and that she would also be shearing again in February and that yes indeed my friends and I are more than welcome to come up to her farm to meet her sheep and buy fleece directly from her. Triple Coolness! There is now a plan for a road trip in the next wee while.