$5 Mystery Fleece

This past weekend, I attended my local weaving guild, The Weavers of Orlando.  Sitting on the member garage sale table, I found this beautiful caramel-colored fleece.  I’m a very new spinner, having just gotten my first wheel and learned to spin this past April.  I know that I want to hand process a fleece sometime just to say that I’ve done it, but that was a someday kind of goal, with no immediate plans.  I managed to avoid buying a fleece at the various fiber events I’ve attended this year, despite visiting fleece barns and seeing so many beautiful options.  But there was something about this fleece.  I asked the seller what type of fleece it was.  She didn’t know, but thought it might be alpaca.  How much?  Five dollars.  “I’ll take it,” I replied.

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The Spinner’s Book of Fleece by Beth Smith

When I started spinning last April, I did something I almost never do: I went into it blind.  I love research.  I’m the person who reads and reads and learns the nuances of something before I dive in and start doing it.  I knew I wanted to learn to spin, so when I went to The Fiber Event in Greencastle, I planned to try out wheels so I could start to get an idea which wheel I liked best.  I did not expect to buy a wheel, but that’s exactly what I did.  I spun a little bit with almost no instruction, then started looking for resources to learn more.  It was then, in mid-May, that I found The Spinner’s Book of Fleece by Beth Smith on Amazon.  I preordered it and totally forgot until I got the e-mail telling me that it had shipped!  The book is both more and less than I expected, and I truly love it for what it is.

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