The postie has just been, yay!
He brought me 2 parcels from R.E. Dickie containing these beauties.
I haven’t properly unwrapped them yet but I have had a feel and inhaled deep, deep, restorative lungfuls of woolly fumes, ahhhhh!
They are 200g each of Southdown, BFL, Manx Loughtan, Devon, Herdwick, Shropshire, Jacob, Dorset Horn, Swaledale and Massam (this order does not correspond to the picture because I’m just too flippin’ excited to think of things like that). Obviously I shall be getting more because there are way more British Breeds out there but these will do for starters.
I am planning to spin them and create a British Breeds blanket the design of which I haven’t decided on but I am investigating my options (thanks Ravelry x). It’s all part of my self education in spinning and all things sheepy. I have also bought a few more books, The Knitters book of Wool is good, but I want MORE!
So I bought three books. Beautiful Sheep by Kathryn Dun and Paul Farnham because who wouldn’t want to look at pictures of sheep looking their most beautiful? In Sheep’s Clothing by Fournier and Fournier which I’m over half-way through, lots of useful information and black and white pictures of staples and sheep, many more breeds covered. Lastly and not at all leastly because I think this is going to be my absolute bible The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook by Robson and Ekarius, this is truly a gorgeous book covering not just sheep breeds from all over the world but other animal fibres too. It’s informative about how to dye, prepare, spin and use each type of fibre and the photos show spun and knitted samples as well as examples of clean and dirty staples.
I am overwhelmed by sheepy bliss!
In other news…
…I did a gauge swatch for Owls yesterday but I must have had a sudden rush of excrement to the brain because I knit it flat and I washed it without measuring it first. D’oh! I was so determinded not to end up with a jumper that grows in the wash and doesn’t fit again. Anyhow, I have cast on a sleeve as a gauge swatch, (thanks Sharon) and I shall compare the two. I’ve decided to frog and reknit the Idlewood as I want it to be closer fitting but that can wait for a while, I need to get up the courage first.
ttfn Melanie x