Raw wool

A friend of mine asked me the other day if I wanted some raw wool. I said "Sure!" expecting a handful. Was I ever surprised to find that it was an entire fleece!! Twenty pounds worth.

Wow! Where to start?? I joined a great group on Ravelry who have given me a lot of help on the way.

It's been such a learning experience along the way. I've already been thinking of spinning wheels. :-)

I received a surprise drop spindle as a RAK gift from Ravelry last month and while I had fun playing around with it, I've found a local teacher who is going to help me understand how to use it better. I've also been gifted several bags of fiber from generous ravelers. I feel so blessed to have "met" so many neat folks.

One thing I received this year was more pen pals than I can write fast enough back through the RAK group on Ravelry. Ex-family wanted me to think that "No one writes letters anymore", but my mailbox is filled each week by friends that prove otherwise. Thank you to all my pen pals that write me. I'm so thankful for each of you. And speaking of letters, I'll be writing each of you back soon!!

I will be posting more pics of the raw fleece to wool yarn transformation.
The first picture is straight out of the box. The second picture is after a cool water soak. More pics tomorrow hopefully.

I can see in the future how addicting this is going to be. I may just never buy commercial yarn again. :/

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