I thought I would show you all what I'm doing that is keeping me from working on hope chest things. This week, I've been washing wool in connection with an upcoming crafts workshop for the 4-H kids next week. The workshop will teach how to felt wool with both the wet felting method and needle felting. I did this same workshop with another 4-H mom a couple of months ago with the kids from our county. We're now going to repeat the experience with even more kids, and probably some adults, at the District 4-H Contests next week. My friend Karen is in in charge of actually teaching the kids how to felt and I am only in charge of teaching some about wool in general and preparing enough material for the kids to felt. I think I have the easier job!
The wool in this particular fleece is beautiful, and very soft! But it has quite alot of what spinners nicely call vegetable matter, so I've had quite a bit of picking and teasing to do. But the fleece was one that my husband would part with - mostly because of the VM. It came off of one of our Shetland sheep. Though the picture doesn't show it well, the color is a beautiful black, charcoal gray, and silver mix with a bit of brown as well. Shetlands are naturally colored and quite variable. I really like all the silver in this part of the fleece. It washed up well and if not for the bits of hay and weeds, I would wish I could keep it myself. But then, I'm starting to think that about all the wool I handle. I think I could become a wool addict! Alas...I'm hoping the children will be willing to pick out the stray bits that I've missed.