HOORAY! I am going to a new mill, in Blue, Texas, with my three bags of Rambouillet fleece, so it can be
1: skirted (this means chop off all the nasty pieces and ditch them)
2. scoured (this means wash the dirt and lanolin out)
3. carded (a process for getting all the fibers to go in the same direction)
4. combed into roving (a refined process for compactimg these fibers to make a handful from which to spin)
Does that not sound exciting? YES, it is! Scooter gave me this fleece - I don't even know how many sheep contributed to it, but it is all white. I am going to spin and weave a rug for his office wall, and with india ink, make enough of the roving black to put the ranch brand in the center. I have to go to the Hermitage (a monastery near Christoval, as they have a wide loom and need to be taught how to use it. I'm nominated, and in return, I get to use it for the rug. The loom I have now is much smaller, as is my studio.
Now you all rejoice with me, ok?