|Mike's new hat- Handspun Border Leicester, dyed Silver Grey Green|
With the colder weather coming, and the mill not being heated (yet) I spent Saturday trying to catch up on getting the fleeces from our Fall Shearing washed.
Washing takes quite a bit of time, due to the waiting time... Washing, two 20-30 minute soaks...Rinses, two 15-20 minutes soaks.
While I was waiting, I was able to make some roving, that I need for dryer balls and processed some fleeces for a friend. That is pretty much what I do in the mill, wash, pick and card the wool.
But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that my better half takes care of. He is constantly making improvements to the process, making the work easier for me. Maintains machinery, which I am clueless about, and he even cleans up my messes in the shop.
|Wearing a knit hat, using badly handspun Tunis wool-the first wool we processed in the mill.|
He won't let me get rid of it :)
What does he ask for in return? Nothing!
So as he was sweeping the wool off of the shop floor, I took a snapshot. and teased him about cheap labor. He responded- "Will work for wool hats."
Lucky for me, I have a wool hat, that I just finished knitting, that he can add to his collection.
|Sporting a knit hat from my handspun, natural colored Border Leicester.|