Ok, this Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf took longer than a week, but it is finished (I just knit on it when I had time, that is why I don’t make promises :P). I took it to Church with me today, but the teen (my friend’s daughter) this scarf was knit for and her family weren’t there. I can give this to her next week. I was a bit surprised that the scarf wasn’t quite as soft as I had thought it would be for a lambs fleece, then it hit me, this is a cross bred lamb. The rams are Suffolk and the ewes are polypay (the lambs are raised for meat), the polypay is a fine fleece and the suffolk is considered a medium fleece. So it only stands to reason that the cross bred lamb’s fleece would be a little coarser than a full polypay lambs fleece would be. It’s still not too scratchy and should serve her as a nice warm scarf here in the midwest, where our winters get pretty nasty sometimes.
.I have begun spinning the polypay ewe’s roving, which is what made me wonder why the lambs roving was coarser. It’s soft and very easy to spin with very little vm (vegetable matter for non spinners) in it and no noils :). Tho’ I have to admit, I severely skirted this fleece because of the way the roving came back on the lambs fleece (still full of vm and noils from not having skirted as well and not seperating the shorter fiber of the neck and legs out from the prime saddle part of the fleece). Live and learn, and I think I did :P. This when spun, will become a blue scarf for my friend that gave me this fleece. 🙂 I have two patterns picked out, but haven’t commited to which one yet, still have plenty of time to make my final choice. Will post the picture and link to the pattern when I have made that final choice.