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jeanius80
05-04-2008, 06:58 PM
I wanted to share this! Hubby bought me 5.25 pounds of cotswold fleece (unprocessed)... here is the whole bag

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3280/2425743593_97874f9ec5.jpg

and here is a close up of a washed lock!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2419/2452338987_5e3f32ccf7.jpg

I have washed a small bit of it, but am sort of stumped as to what to do with it! It does wash to a lovely white. Is this only good for outer wear and rugs? Thanks!

mullerslanefarm
05-05-2008, 08:31 AM
It takes dye beautifully and can add interest (ringlets) when spun into other fiber

Cynamar
05-05-2008, 10:29 AM
It's beautiful.

Liliyarn
05-14-2008, 02:32 AM
First, lovely fleece. Great Hubby.

In Sheeps Clothing by Fourner, says it takes dyes well and spinners find the fiber most suitable for outer wear & rugs. Normally, this means it doesn't spin up soft for next to skin wear.
If it has nice luster, I'd day dream of combing it into top, spinning it worsted, then knitting it into pretty place mats for the kitchen table. Dyed to coordinate with your colors of course. Use left overs for a hand bag or something. You can still enjoy showing it off with out making something next to skin. Plus it seems to be hardwearing which means it can take some abuse and still be beautiful.
Also I've seen woven rugs made with dyed locks. They look very interesting and if I'm not mistaken cotswold was used.

jeanius80
05-14-2008, 08:32 PM
Thanks for the info! I went to a guild meeting last night, and they are doing a 'personal challenge' spin, and the finished yarn isn't due until September (they meet monthly) I am planning on doing a novelty yarn with cotswold curls hanging out :) The rest will probably be spun worsted (I really like the idea of making a rug since we have no carpeting now; Thanks for the idea!!)