Spinning Tuesdays: I Bought a Fleece and Something I’m Excited About

It started in August.

During Deb Menz’s class at The Spinning Loft I noticed a fleece. A Babydoll Southdown, short, fine and sproingy bouncy. Unwashed it was the color of spilled pepper. When I washed a lock or two it turned to a gorgeous taupey brown.

I decided against buying it because, well, I have other fleeces just sitting and waiting for me.

But this fleece has been on my mind for months! During the Dream Wheel Weekend I couldn’t stand it anymore. I bought the whole thing, almost four pounds.

I washed and carded some right away.

Washed Babydoll Southdown

I even remembered from my spinning along with Deb Robson’s Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, not to over wash the fleece.


I carded it on my Patrick Green Deb’s Delicate Deluxe drumcarder. I ran it through four times.

All ready to spin

I’m not sure what I want to make with it. I have an idea about a cabled shawl. Woolen spun of course.

What do I want to be?

I’m going to start spinning and swatching soon.


Now you can listen to me go on about spinning

I will be a little bit busier in the future and I am so excited about it!  I am joining Sasha at the SpinDoctor podcast. Starting in December, I’ll be talking with her about what we’re both spinning and I’ll be doing an interview or two. More time to obsess over spinning.

Come over and give us a listen!

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

11 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: I Bought a Fleece and Something I’m Excited About

  1. Aimee

    I listen to several knitting ‘casts, & the other day i was listening to one while sponning. DH said, “You know, I bet someone has a spinning podcast. You should find one!”

    Thank you, Jillian. I believe I found The One!

  2. Rita

    1) This is amazingly gorgeous. A cabled shawl would be stunning. 2) It is inspiring me to dye the Targhee X top I have been hoarding for eons that is now on the work table. It will be soaking shortly. Now to decide the color.

  3. Jeanie

    Handsome fleece–I love the magic that washing unleashes. Thanks for the heads up on the Spin Doctor! How much fun this winter is going to be..

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