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“If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn

Amen to that!

So, I’ve had some unusual and exciting fibery things occur recently! Without further ado…

1. The gal at work loaned me some of her dog’s down fur:

spinning dog fur

-I spun up a bit to take and show her how it would look as yarn:
how to spin dog fur

hand spinning dog down wool -I swelled with pride that I had spun my very first dog fur.
-I discovered there are 2 types of people in the world:

a. Those that think spinning dog fur is gross. Shock!
b. Those who are correct and know that soft, clean dog fur is no different (as far as grossness or lack thereof is concerned) than say, wool from a sheep’s butt. Nuff said. 🙂 Haha!

2. I arrived home one day last week to find an enormous box waiting for me! Surprise!

-I scrambled with glee and delight, tearing it open and found…

All this beautiful, raw fleece, right from the sheep (several, actually):

raw sheep fleece picture

raw lambs wool picture spinning

sheep's wool pic

It was an incredible treat from the very generous and sweet Marianne at Black Walnut Woolens.

I was literally bouncing and jumping with glee!

I haven’t decided yet what to do with it, but I do have wool scouring wash so I’ll start by giving it a good wash, maybe dye some of it, spin it and knit something beautiful!

3. Last summer, while out on a beautiful, picture-perfect Alaskan bike ride with my love, we stopped to take some pictures like this one (he’s a brilliant photographer):

biking in alaska

and I saw (GASP!)…

A tiny little puff of mystery wool! He claimed (and still does) that it was gross! I claimed it was a treasure from heaven and carefully picked it up and held it tightly (I had no pockets) the rest of the bike ride.

It sat in my yarn stash for 6 months until I pulled it out recently and decided to spin it up. I learned several things.

a. It was filthy.

how to spin mystery wool

spinning raw wool

b. There wasn’t very much of it. After spinning it into a single and winding it into a ball, it measured only about 1.25 inches in diameter:

bobbin of wool

ball of hand spun yarn

c. I knew I had to make something tiny and meaningful with this special gift of mystery wool!! After all, how many times do you find free mystery wool lying around? You don’t!

So, I thought about knitting a stripe on some mittens or a scarf with it.

Then thought about knitting a small amigurumi creature with it.

And. Settled on a bookmark. I love to read.

So! We shall see!

(Click here for the update on the bookmark)

That’s all for today! More updates soon, including a new scarf pattern or two, more hand-spun projects, updates on my coming vacation to the south (hurray for warmer weather!) and more.

Be blessed!!   :-*