The weather has been so cold and wet this spring that I'm behind on outdoor projects, but I've been able to keep up my indoor projects longer than usual. Here's a project I've been enjoying--spinning Dazzle, who is our only mioget ewe. In the past I've blended her wool with another modified ewe, Godiva, who ia bit darker. 2013 was the first year I had Dazzle's fleece milled by itself. I decided to spin something special for myself out of her lovely mioget FFSSA Grade 3 wool. Luckily, I found a vest pattern that knits up quickly from bulky thick and yarn, so I need to spin a pound of rovings or slightly more to make the vest. I want to make it a little longer than the pattern calls for. I'm almost half done with the spinning already--bulky thick and thin yarn is fun and doesn't take long to spin. The V-necked vest pattern is on page 88 of Elaine Eskesen's book, Dyeing to Knit, if you happen to have the book and want to take a peek. Check out your library or Amazon.come at the link above if you don't have the book. Although Dazzle's color would be beautiful over-dyed with any one (or two) of several colors, I might just leave it alone because it's so easy on the eyes as is. I'll decide later. Solar dyeing the yarn with a natural dye of my choice is another intriguing possibility. Stay tuned. I had thought about selling Dazzle because her fleece has crept up to the high end of FFSSA Grade 3 as she has aged, however, I like her wool and color for spinning bulkier yarns, and I want more mioget in our flock before I sell her. She finally had her first ewe lamb, Rosa, this year (all the rest have been ram lambs). Rosa looks like she will lbe fawn or mioget , but my guess at this point is more likely fawn. I'll wait and see how her Rosa turns out before I decide whether or not to sell Dazzle. Rosa's twiin lamb brother, Oz, is a flecket who definately will have mioget spots, but at this time, Rosa is a shade or two darker than Oz's spots. That is why I think she'll be fawn, not mioget., and I'll have to check on how dark her tongue color is to predict this more accurately. Her fleece will lighten as she matures, I just don't know how much yet.
Jeanne Dukerschein loves animals and also has enjoyed lifelong interests in fiber arts, nature, and writing. In 2006, she learned to spin her own yarns and purchased her first Shetland ewe. Her poetry and fiber art, as well as her 20-year career as a freshwater biologist, carry common themes of nature, ecology, and