Jillian’s Spinning: Ashland Bay’s Year of the Sheep

Lovely locked Wensleydale . Image from North American Wensleydale Sheep Association
Lovely locked Wensleydale .
Image from North American Wensleydale Sheep Association

 

Ashland Bay is a fiber wholesaler that has been is business for many years. Chances are good that the base fiber your favorite dyer uses and the undyed fiber you buy at your local spinning shop are from Ashland Bay.

They have just started a cool series on their blog for the Year of the Sheep. Every other week they are focusing on a different breed with a blog post highlighting history, and characteristics of the breed and wool. There is also a a breed study card to download with history, characteristics, fleece facts and specifications to use to spin your own breed study.

The have already covered Merino, Cheviot and Wensleydale.

A very nice resource especially since it’s fleece shopping time!

Have you bought any fleeces this season yet?

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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