It’s been an exciting week again..well, not like I climbed Mount Everest or went diving for the Titanic, but still…exciting enough for me…lol and, let’s face it, far less dangerous…I mean what is the worst that can happen spinning yarn or dyeing fibres? I’m sure there’s a song in there somewhere…..but …that’s for another time 😜
It is always a big adventure for me anyway, to dye a new batch of fabulous fleece and whip it into something fluffy. With the Tour de France fast,y approaching, I thought I’d get all of you in the mood for the Tour de France..eh I mean..Tour de Fleece…with some amazing supersoft and bouncy French Rambouillet, straight from Le Bergerie near Paris ♥️
Also, you can still sign up for Team IxCHeL until July 1st when the Tour de France starts! There are no requirements other than having fun, sharing your spinning photos and spinning IxCHeL fibres…easy peasy! There is a prize to be won at the end though! A super prize pack of over $100 of IxCHeL fluffiness and maybe even a spindle (like I did some years ago! See photo below). All you need to so is sign up by emailing me at email@example.com , before July 1st and you will receive an email from me with all the details and your discount code! Yes, you will receive a discount code for all your fibre purchases during the tour de fleece! How good is that!!!!?
What else has been going on? Well, heaps of dyeing during the day and spinning at night…lots of custom orders are on my spinning list, angora bunny, angora and silk, gothic tops and some very special guanaco too. Plus, there are always the in between annoying things like dealing with suppliers, quarantine and import authorities…aaaah bliss…NOT, lol The things I do to get my hands on some special fluff sometimes go wayyyy over my head, but then my heart kicks in and tells me “Special fluffiness: It’s your mission in life” 😜🤣
All the June clubs have been shipped mid June, so it’s almost time to share the photos with you this weekend on the @ixchelbunny Instagram and Facebook page: keep an eye out!
During the 16th century, England’s frequent rival Spain began to develop a new breed of wool, one that would turn the global wool market upside down. Sheepologists differ in their theories of the Merino’s precise origin, though most believe that its ancestors came from North Africa. Whatever the source, Spanish shepherds recognized the potential of this emerging breed of sheep. They began to refine the breed, amplifying desirable traits like the wool’s fineness. In time, they had developed their own sheep breed: the Merino. As the quality of Spanish wool improved, so did its fame. Aided by Ferdinand and Isabella, who issued land reforms that favored shepherding over food crop production, Spanish Merino became the premier quality wool in the European market.
A request was sent in the king’s name to another cousin, Charles III of Spain, offering to purchase some Spanish sheep. In 1786, Charles agreed to sell several hundred heads from his prize flock to France. A total of 366 sheep, accompanied by Spanish shepherds, survived the trip and were settled at Rambouillet.
So exactly what makes the Rambouillet such a fine figure of a sheep? That depends. From a sheep farmer’s perspective, Rambouillet are larger and sturdier than their Merino cousins. Their wool is more plentiful, too, with a fine and soft hand. Rambouillet are a dual-purpose breed, providing high quality meat as well as beautiful wool. They also adapt well to harsher conditions and can thrive even with relatively sparse vegetation. From a knitter’s standpoint, though, the best thing about Rambouillet sheep is their wool. Rambouillet wool is next-to-the-skin soft—some knitters describe the hand as “cotton-y.” It takes dye beautifully and has excellent elasticity, giving it bounce and spring. Its loftiness gives it an airy feel and makes it cozy-warm. These tops are the direct descendants from this royal flock from France and are 19 micron. Rambouillet is very bouncy, fluffy and is next to skin soft with a very nice handle for hand spinning, happy to be spun woollen or worsted.
100+ gram tops