Rescue Sheep Yarn (Arrowmont Part 3)

As you've probably gathered by now, I'm super particular about the sourcing of materials.  I'm careful about all of my purchasing decisions from tomatoes to house paint.  Imagine my delight when a friend told me about a lovely farm of rescue sheep run by a wonderful farmer.  The sheep all pay their way to live in this glorious retirement retreat by "donating" their fibers for sale.  It's such a spectacular idea because sheep need to be sheared anyway, so why not sell it to fund their peaceful little lifestyles?!  I was happy enough to support this cause on principle, but I was even more excited to discover how incredible each individual sheep's fiber was anyway!  Here are some of my very first yarns, all proudly spun from these happy, unique fibers.

This is one of the first yarns I ever spun, and it is made from Foster's merino cross wool.  He is a rescue sheep who loves to follow his people around and play with his unique looking best friend who is half his size.  He has the personality and the fleece going for him!

This is one of the first yarns I ever spun, and it is made from Foster's merino cross wool.  He is a rescue sheep who loves to follow his people around and play with his unique looking best friend who is half his size.  He has the personality and the fleece going for him!

As a beginner, I do all sorts of creative things to make spinning a little easier.  These are what I call cinnamon buns made out of Foster's fleece ready to be spun into yarn.  I bet Foster would appreciate this since he likes snacks so much anyway.

As a beginner, I do all sorts of creative things to make spinning a little easier.  These are what I call cinnamon buns made out of Foster's fleece ready to be spun into yarn.  I bet Foster would appreciate this since he likes snacks so much anyway.

Here is an early sample of my first yarn woven on the loom.

Here is an early sample of my first yarn woven on the loom.

Greta's fleece is one of my absolute favorites to spin because the yarn shows off all her beautiful, subtle coloring.  Greta is a spunky sheep who apparently loves to jump really high, hang out with her family, and visit people.  I can't wait to weave this yarn.

Greta's fleece is one of my absolute favorites to spin because the yarn shows off all her beautiful, subtle coloring.  Greta is a spunky sheep who apparently loves to jump really high, hang out with her family, and visit people.  I can't wait to weave this yarn.

After I had time to practice spinning for a few days, I decided to attempt to spin my first organic yarn.  I always want to weave with exactly the unique fibers spun precisely how I wish, and the only way to do that was to start spinning.  Pixel's fleece spun wonderfully from washed fleece to a perfectly shimmery, silver yarn with just the right amount of variation in color and texture.

After I had time to practice spinning for a few days, I decided to attempt to spin my first organic yarn.  I always want to weave with exactly the unique fibers spun precisely how I wish, and the only way to do that was to start spinning.  Pixel's fleece spun wonderfully from washed fleece to a perfectly shimmery, silver yarn with just the right amount of variation in color and texture.

Pixel's fleece makes an incredible, natural yarn.  It has a beautiful sheen, just a little bit of variegation, and so many beautiful, subtle details.  I am excited to see it incorporated in my weaving.  Pixel loves to hang out with his family and I cannot wait for his next shearing this spring!

Pixel's fleece makes an incredible, natural yarn.  It has a beautiful sheen, just a little bit of variegation, and so many beautiful, subtle details.  I am excited to see it incorporated in my weaving.  Pixel loves to hang out with his family and I cannot wait for his next shearing this spring!