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Fri 8-Nov-13
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Are there any spinners in town?

Fri 8-Nov-13
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I think not but would love to read about your experiences of it, please.  You raise your own sheep and shear them, is that right? Then wash and card the wool then spin it?  

I'll try that again!

Tue 12-Nov-13
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Sorry for the slow reply but I got buries under my V.A.T. receipts and only came up for strong black coffee.

Maths is my Achilles heel! I even have to count on my fingers to post topics!

Coming from sheep country, I have always been fascinated by wool. After college I was a volunteer at one of the Rodolf Steiner settlements in Scotland. THere was a weaving department and the Dutch leader could also spin. I learnt to weave but was bent on also learning to spin. When I left I bought a Haldane spinning wheel and took it with me to Denmark. Taught myself to spin. It would have been easier today with all the you tube videos.

 Now I must have spun thousands of kilometers. Yes, I have my own sheep and do shear and spin. But at the moment I am busy spinning dogs hair for people around where I live.

I often go to markets to show people how to spin. Some more comfortable than otherswhistle

THis was last week. THe temp. did not get above freezingIMG_1148.JPGImage Enlarger

Tue 12-Nov-13
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That looks pretty uncomfortable.  I would have been swathed in many layers!  Your yarns look marvellous, do you dye them yourself?

I looked up the Steiner Settlement - it looks very interesting, it must have been a great experience for you.

What kind of sheep have you Renée?

I'll try that again!

Tue 12-Nov-13
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I think that year, at that age, has forged the person I am.

As to layers - those are layers- I loose so many kilos in spring just by undressing! I have on a merino vest, a merino/silk polo neck, a felted Shetland jumper, a thick icelandic jumper. Merino longjohns, merino tights, mohair socks and a leather skirt HOWZAT!

 

Tue 12-Nov-13
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Oh, I forgot the sheep but now I must feed them. Another day ;-)

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Very sensibly clad m'dear.  I expect that you look wraithlike in Spring.

I'll try that again!

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Or even waiflike... very thin and delicate in appearance.....whistlewhistle

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Agree with TA, your yarns look fabulous, Renee! ok

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Tue 12-Nov-13
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Or even waiflike... very thin and delicate in appearance.....whistlewhistle

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I'll try that again!

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brightspark said
Agree with TA, your yarns look fabulous, Renee! ok

Thank you both very much

 

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I will stick to Toffeeapples wraithlike. After all, this is Valkyrie country.

And for the first full moon in September we have a troll dance here where we are dressed in the most peculiar garb (Do you want some photos?)

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And back to the sheep. I have 100 sheep. I know I have 100 sheep 'cos I had the annual County inspection yesterday öööh, I don't like that. Everything was fine though. Phew.

I have 6 different breeds, Wensleydale , Jacobs, Spelsau, Gute, Gothland, Texel and Finull, oh, I have 7 different breeds. They were an animal rescue so some are not the breeds I would have chosen. As I am interested in spinning I a enjoying myself greatly inter-breeding them to try and get three different types of wool I like.

Here is a group of my ramsIMG_7549.JPGImage EnlargerThey stay close in early Autumn- suspicious in case one of them makes a play for the females.heartbreak

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Some serious horns there.  Yes please to the pictures of the Troll Dance.

I'll try that again!

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You want serious horns? Blacker never mixes with the bunch. they keep well away from him-

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