Boulderneigh Bonny, still waiting to be rooed. Yearling micron test results: 24.6 AFD, 6.2 SD, 25.1 CV, 12.3 CEM, 82.7% CF, 24.8 SF. Bonny is my first offspring out of two Boulderneigh-prefix sheep. She is the granddaughter of my first (and coarsest) Shetland, so I was happily surprised by her micron results this spring. I plan to keep her and see what she produces with finer-fleeced Bunker next year.
I need to get Bonny's fleece rooed so I can send it and her daddy Blake's fleece off to the lady who reserved them both. I still need to skirt Bramble's fleece, too; I'm hoping to get to that tomorrow. Then all I will have left to skirt are Bart's fleece, which I am splitting with Laura, and Browning's fleece, which has not been spoken for. If no one buys Browning's fleece, I will have it processed into roving for myself. Brian has been requesting something made from his sheep's wool for several years now.
Sitting in long committee meetings at church has given me time to finish up the second color of Romney. It is a purply burgundy that I have not been able to successfully capture. After trying and failing, I threw in the towel:
I've always been partial to black & white photography anyway!
Here is a photo of both colors, 80 grams of each plied and waiting to be skeined and washed:
Fiber and photography have become my most common mediums of artistic expression. The years I did two-dimensional commissioned work (scratchboard, charcoal, pastels, oils, stained glass, watercolor) seem like a lifetime ago. Will I ever scratch and sketch and paint and solder again? I hope so, but in the meantime, I have enjoyed teaching figure drawing to high school students in our homeschooling co-op:
And I've signed up to teach Textiles 101 again next winter!
That's it for now from . . .