How to skirt and Clean a Fleece

Processing Wool: Step one, Cleaning raw sheep's fleece

The total skirting and washing process takes me about 6 hours for a large fleece like this one. with practice I am sure that time will be shortened, but if this is your first fleece and you want it to be clean expect to take some amount of time doing this. 

When you are ready to skirt your fleece lay the fleece out flat, with the locks facing up...

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From Fleece to Fabric

my adventures in fiber are another way for me to marry myself to the earth. to use what is given, and to not take that which is not. 

This concept i doubt, is unfamiliar to you, and I am honored to say that I combine my passions and my principles to create a better world. 

 

"Do the best you can, until you know better, then when you know better do better"

-Maya Angelou

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Elm Leaves Raglan Knitting Pattern

I knew as soon as I started that it was going to take FOREVER, why did I ever decide to make a sweater out of sock yarn, who thought that was a good idea? I did. I had this vision in my head of delicate little leaves falling down the side of the sweater, landing in a glorious leaf pile, just in time for fall. round and round I went in stockinette, increasing for my arms, checking the fit as I went. it was perfect. 

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Knitting and the Internet Presence

 The main reasons I do hand work, knitting, spinning, sewing, weaving what have you- is becauseI believe in a world where these skills are needed and valued accordingly. I believe in a world of slow fashion, of quality clothing that has a positive impact on this planet. instead of the current paradigm of cheap, fast, made by child/slave labor clothing that is not intended to be mended and is made out of plastic. (don't get me started!)

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The moment we've all been waiting for!

Along with the change in the weather, I have prepared a new product line, with some best sellers, and brand new items to try. Filled with fall fashion must haves, and there is even a pattern for your winter knitting needs!

In just a few minutes, the whole line will be released. so keep a close eye on the website today, or if you're on the email list, I will be emailing out some special offers in the next hour! 

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I DID IT!

I must say, this was no easy task with an 11 month old,  always poised for his next move, and tangled yarn to contend with. But I am beyond overjoyed that I get to share these patterns with you, and not an apologetic letter saying how I meant to do this or that. 

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