Sunday, July 7, 2019

The Start Of The 2019 Tour De Fleece

As I posted last week, our team captain this year is Maisie.  She's let it go to her head just a little, but so far, so good...unless something has happened late today and I haven't heard yet.  I happen to have a small sheep in my "inside flock" that reminds me of Maisie, so I've picked her to be my spinning mascot.


She's wearing a warm jacket because I have turned the air conditioner in the Wool House on high :-o.


I'm spinning something pretty neat this year.  17 years ago, when I was just getting started with our wool flock, we were gifted five Jacob sheep from a kind shepherdess in Indiana.  I really didn't know what to do with So Much Wool (hahahahaha), so I had some processed into roving and some into quilt batts.  

I think I must have divided up the black and white wools because I remember having some light gray batts and one dark one that I kept for myself in hopes I could find someone to make a real quilt from our barn quilt. Sigh...

You know...I thought this spring...rather than just sitting in the loft, that dark batt could be re-run as roving.  Roving from our very first five Jacob sheep.  Wouldn't that be neat?  Like an historical do-over now that I'm a better spinner...and those sheep are no longer with us.

This year for the Tour I'm spinning Elizabeth, Esther, Jester, Joshua and Jacob :-).  There are 2.5 pounds of dark gray roving.  I'd like to spin all of that, but I'm off to a slow start, so I may not be able to reach that goal...but I'm going to try.

So what is Mini Maisie looking at in the picture above?


The legacy of those five Jacobs :-).



And we're off!


12 comments:

JaneJMtl said...

Oh, my goodness, Mini Maisie is adorable. Have you introduced her to Maisie? Best of luck with your spinning for the Tour de Fleece!

Michelle said...

A very cool story. Did you remake the batt into roving yourself? And why not just spin from the batt? Inquiring minds want to know. ;-)

knitski said...

I love the orange heels!

karen said...

good luck with your spinning challenge. My husband is watching the race and I'm passively watching because it's on the tv!

I need orange said...

Aw. What a sweet story.

Sending good vibes for a smooth and swift race! :-)

thecrazysheeplady said...

I could definitely have just spun from the batt, but I treated myself to a nice tidy (and smaller) bag that wouldn't need any extra prep :-). I had Ohio Valley run it.

I guess I should take Mini Maisie out to meet Crazy Maisie...but I may wait until the end of the tour ;-D.

Karen at longwell said...

Favorite picture of all? The last one with the view of the rainbow...
Oh the stories she will be able to tell :-) but I agree, after the Tour is over! Maisie doesn't need any "food for thought"!

Goatldi said...

Great share!

I will live vicariously through you. As our farm is moving in about three weeks and life is full of other things now.

Sheepmom said...

Love the pics and story! How do you manage to find a rainbow for your pictures when you need one? :-) Mini-Maisie is great! Orange is totally the appropriate color for the personality!

LannieK said...

That will be a very special spin! Have a good ride ~

Terry and Linda said...

I LOVE THAT RAINBOW and the mini-sheep! Good Luck!

sophy0075 said...

The five original Jacobs - and now the Misses T.

I love Jacobs. So much personality into such relatively small bodies. So much color! Such spinnable wool!

Of course there is a rainbow over Equinox Farm!

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