I decided to start the prep work for the Tour de Fleece... I've had a reaction to Lanolin because of all of the processing I'm doing at the moment, so I need to wash out the Lanolin from the fleece I want to spin.
I've gone with a Manx fleece, because I fell in love with both the sheep and the fleece at recent shows and farm visits. I'd love to make a yarn that preserves the colour change in the fleece.
Rich Moorit brown with lighter tips the Manx Loaghtan fleece is widely sought after.
Count: 46/54 Bradford, 28/37 micron. Staple length:7-10cm
Originally bred on the Isle of Man, this sheep is now found across the UK. Both sexes are horned and can have up to 6 horns! The fleece is beautifully coloured and soft, so makes excellent yarns and felted items.
If you'd like to try some for yourself you can find in on my website at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/category/592-sheeps-fleece.aspx with price options for 100g, 250g, 500g and 1000g.
I will let you know how prep work goes as we draw closer to the start of the Tour de Fleece on www.Ravelry.com (30th June).
If you'd like to take part and spin with me, you can find the details of my competition, website discount and prize at http://sarastexturecrafts.com/news/528-tour-de-fleece-special-discount-and-competition-2012.aspx
Here's a picture of the prize... 'Yellow Jersey' in Merino and Sparkle blend.