Fleece Tea, Anyone?

When last I reported on the mystery fleece, it was relaxing in a cool bath. In the intervening time, it has continued to soak, with daily changes of bath water.

And the water, which I’m calling Fleece Tea, has been a special treat for the roses in this hot and dry weather. I’m crediting the tea with this week’s arrangement of late summer blooms

I’ve been working through washing it in batches, and am almost through. Second to last bunch drying now in the hoophouse

Underneath the dirt and grease, it’s really a quite nice bunch of wool. Shades of gray, fluffy and crimpy. about 3-4 inch staple. I couldn’t help but spin some up already (i do love sampling) and that led to knitting up simple comfy cap.

It’s quite cushy and fuzzy. I kind of love it.

Anyway, in case I want to make another, project notes to self: singles spun on Moto (speed setting 3), yarn chained while knitting to create a three strand thickness, 84 stitches, on size 6 needle. Crown shaping, 6 section spiral decrease every other round first 6 times, then every round until 6 stitches remain. Was really pleased with the look of the spiral- here’s another shot for posterity

Also happy to report that I have made some significant progress on The Shepherd’s Vest!

In the home stretch now- just neck and armhole trim to go! Nice to see it coming together-

And I’ll close it out this week with some garden gems

Okra flowers are so pretty!
Super Beefsteak maters and zuke

The heat-lovers have really been appreciating our weather lately. Think we’ve got rain in the forecast for tomorrow though. 🙂

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