My First Fleece – Polypay Lamb

a small sample before washing

the same small sample after washing


I can not even tell you how excited I am to have received this Polypay lamb fleece from a friend that I visit with every month.  She and her husband have a farm where they raise corn and sheep (Polypay and Suffolk) the sheep are raised for meat rather than fiber.  I asked her a couple of years ago if when they sheared if I could buy a lamb fleece from her.  Not much more was said.  When I went to Church this morning she had a tub with a Polypay lamb fleece in it and said she told her shearer to keep back a fleece for her friend and what it was for and he even skirted it.  The shearer told her he would do the Polypay for spinning because it was a softer fleece.  I am very grateful because the shearer takes the fleeces for his time and skill to shear her flock, since my friend and her husband don’t sell the fleece but they have to have the sheep sheared, it saves them the money of having to pay someone to shear for them so their Ewes can lamb and then again when they go to market.  I am sooooo excited!!!! 

I couldn’t keep my hands off of it after I got home.  I had to take a small sample and bring inside to play with.  I live in a small apt so I left the fleece in my trunk until I can either bring it in and scour it (when it’s warmer as it will need to dry outside) or find a small mill that will take a 2  lb fleece to make into roving.  I have never started with a fresh fleece or carded my own before, the lamb is not quite a year old and the fiber is about 2  1/2 inches long.  It has a bit of lanolin in it, which looks dirty but is quite soft.  The lambs fleece is soft and I have a before and after picture above of the small sample I brought inside.  When I put it in the hot soapy water to get the lanolin out (which it did rather quickly), I put my hand in the hot water to push it under and the second time I couldn’t see the small fiber in there and thought, oh my gosh what happened?  It cleaned quickly and is so white I couldn’t see it against the bottom of the bathroom sink.  Also it is as soft as a cloud in the water so I could hardly feel it in there.  I was trying to be VERY careful so I didn’t felt it.   You can see the crimpiness in the before picture and tho’ you can’t see the crimpiness in the after picture, as I play with it I can feel the elasticity in it.  I will make her a scarf with some of it. Life is good :).  I proimse to get a picture of the whole fleece sometime next week. 🙂

We also had more snow since the last picture I posted, about the same amount and then again on Friday, but not a lot.  This next week is suppose to be a bit warmer than this last week and I’m excited about that because I am semi retiring.  My last day at work is Tuesday 1/31.  The rest of the week will be spent (after sleeping in :P), deep cleaning my apt, you know shampooing carpets etc.  I know it’s not spring yet, but I still have the “spring is in the air” feeling :).   A friend asked me what I would do with my time and all I could see was pictures of me at the spinning wheel and behind some knitting needles clacking along :).  I do intend to spend some time doing Genealogy now that I will have some time to do that, I have a feeling that will be my new addiction.  😛

Our First Real Snow for Winter 2011/2012

First real snow of 2011-2012

First real snow of 2011-2012


Well on the left was what I woke up to on Thursday morning.  A bit of a difference from the dusting of snow we’d had up to this point.  It snowed all day Thursday and the 2nd picture is what I took this morning to show the difference from the dusting we had before.  Glad my car is out of commision as it were and I dont have to drive in this.  I am taking the bus to work and home again.  Not fun standing out there waiting for the bus in this weather, but so much nicer not to have to drive in it ;).  Did I mention that I’m not really a winter person? 😛

Winter Weather Iowa 2011

Dusting of Snow


I was going to put dusting of snow Iowa 2011-2012 however we are barely into 2012 so I will wait to see what the rest of the winter brings.  Anyone who knows what Iowa winters are like will know that this has not been a typical Iowa winter, but has been continual fall since fall.  By now we are going into our midwinter thaw, but there is nothing to thaw this year.  The temps are into the 30’s and 40’s during the day and teens and 20’s at night.  We usually have a lot of snow on the ground beginning to melt for the week or so that it warms up.   Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining at the warmer winter or even the lack of snow (I am not a snow, or even a winter) person, yeah I know then why do I live in Iowa, (because my children are here :P.)  But as I was saying, we have had 2 dusting of snow days this winter and that is a picture of the last one.  If you go back in my blog you can see pictures of a real Iowa winter :P.  I know it will hurt the farmers because it appears to be a drought and I even tho’ I don’t care for the snow, I hope we do get enough to help out the farmers here.  My dad lives out west and they don’t get very much snow at all, and the last big system that went through there a few weeks ago left him about 10 inches of snow.  I’m sure everyone out there was very surprised to get “our” snow :).

Happy New Year 2012


Well, a new year has begun.  I see a lot of changes in my life this year, hopefully for the better.  I wish you all a wonderful new year filled with blessings, love and hope.

I am having to re-spin that first skein of yarn.  While plying I had some major mishaps and with sadness I tossed that start of the skein out.  Both of my spinning wheels were having issues with tension and I messed up when winding into a center pull ball and it ended up a tangled mess.  I don’t mess up very often and was very sad to lose that week and 1/2 of work and fiber.  Fortunately there is plenty of that fiber left.  I put spinning aside for a bit while I worked on the problems with my spinning wheels, but  I am getting ready to start the spinning again.  Hopefully with better results this time.