Making Wool...

Mom and I were talking on the phone the other day.
She asked me if I ever made anything from the fleece of Bartholomew the Ram. You see, I had a ram when I was in 4-H and FFA that would win at the State Fair. He had several champion corriedale fleeces with one fleece being the Reserve Champion of the fair. Funny, I also showed him in the ram class and that judge placed him lower because of his fleece. Yes, the same exact year he produced the Reserve Champion fleece.

Anyway, mom asked if I had made anything of this fleece. I said, no, you did mom; a lovely blanket that you crocheted. She made it when I was in college and gave it to me as a Christmas gift. Right now, it resides in a chest with all my other things I wish to keep safe from injury or use. There are two blankets my Granny made, a pair of yellow swim trunks from when I was about 2 (they are stylish now… ) and this blanket. I think I have a few other things in this chest. Anyway, she suggested that I recycle the yarn. I my head I flipped out just a wee bit. Why on earth I would I do that? Besides, the blanket felted a bit one time I washed it. (I’m still upset over it. It just shrunk an inch or two… but still… sigh…). Anyway, it will remain as my mom made it.

We did discuss taking some wool from some of her lambs and having it spun into yarn and then I could create something. I am thinking it wouldn’t be cheap, but then it would be something that I could barter with. I’ll give you 4 fleeces, send me these two back or something. I will decide next spring when they are sheared. I think she should also get a brown sheep, or a gray one. Just because I want the wool off of it. I think it would look cool. But that is me… I will ponder this stuff.


albert's picture

Consider spinning the wool yourself and have a doubly personal project. I have a blanket knitted by my grandma sometime back in the 1950's that I used as a child. I'd as soon frog my left nut than harm one stitch of that irreplaceable heirloom!

ronhuber's picture

OMG, Albert, you always create the most amazing mental images.

Bradferd's picture

Oh.. yeah.. I have a doily that my Granny crocheted when I graduated college. I forgot about that... BTW.. I did request it for my present. :)

Mom has a wheel... I may want to wait a year for that project as I just took up knitting.

albert's picture

"Wait" is a four-letter word.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

There are those who claim that anticipation and willpower are good for the soul. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

they *lie*!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

MMMMmmmmm......Maybe so. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

purlyman's picture

Hey Brady - that's so great!! I don't think I have anything like that from my childhood - nothing that I can think of anyway. Just memories. I would love to have a chest with keepsakes like that. What does your mom do with her lambs/sheep? I agree with Albert - I don't think I'd recycle the yarn from something my mom made either.

I wonder if I could raise sheep in my little postage stamp backyard here in the middle of Denver??? :-)

See you this Sunday I hope!?



Bradferd's picture

I think someone would frown upon that...

Mom raises the sheep for meat and wool. One of her projects.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I think the idea of keeping the blanket from your mom as-is is the way to go. There are some custom spinning mills that are in the region but, unfortunately, I can't recall any names at the moment. You may be able to find out through Spin-off magazine or some of the other fiber-related publications. Or, through the local fiber guilds, you may find a spinner who may do the custom spinning in exchange for part of the wool. Good luck and please keep us posted. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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