Living in the Pacific Northwest, I find that I can wear wool pretty much year-round. And I do. More layers in the winter, fewer in the summer.

I began to knit my life away about 6 years ago, and had a lot of fun yarn shopping and acquiring a fairly decent yarn stash for a time.

But then on of my knitting buddies upped the ante. She mentioned a family-friend sheep connection. The gist: Romney lawnmowers. 4H award- winning fleece. Family has no interest in/use for the wool. Wool going to waste unless someone wants to learn to spin it. (YeeGads!)

And there you have it. The next day I bought a drop spindle. And that was that. Skirting, Washing, Dying, Carding Spinning (hopefully soon combing!). That’s my idea of a good time.

I find that folks are sometimes a little bit weirded out by how excited I get over a bag of greasy fleece right off the sheep.
Especially the really good stuff. Yeah- you know what I’m talking about. Beautiful lustrous crimpy locks. It’s like a drug or something.

Anyway, enough about me.
Lets talk wool.

8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debi Jump  |  May 26, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Hi there! I’m not sure you’ll remember me, but I saw you on Facebook and went to IMSA in ’86. Anyway, I started knitting about 4 yrs ago (frustratingly self-taught), and I love it. I’m still constantly surprised by all of the endless possibilities as well as how therapeutic it can be.

    Anyway, just wanted to say hello and chime in that this is a nice blog and your farm looks lovely…

  • 2. Paul Pirtle  |  August 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This comment is from Paul Pirtle, who built the Pirtle Spinner you have in your pictures.

    You need to take a small slice out of your drive belt to shorten it so you do not have to use your idler pulley so much.

    Take a razor knife / box cutter / utilitiy knife and cut a little slice about 1/8″ thick. Then re-sew the slice with dental floss and you will be done.

    Your yarn guides look nicely polished from the fiber so you probably are not holding back on the yarn too hard.

    You can spin without the flyer brake using the long draw method. Let the twist run up as you draw with the hand holding the fiber bundle, the draw it on all at once using your thumb to brake the flyer close to the end of the flyer spindle where the yarn draws through.

    Do you have two flyer heads? The one in the picture looks like the high speed flyer.

    • 3. Titus Logsdon  |  June 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Is there a way to get plans for the Pirtle spinning wheel? My brother would like to make one for my neice.

      • 4. sheepsclothing  |  June 7, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        hi Titus-
        I think you’d have to contact Paul Pirtle to see if he’d be willing to share the wheel specs.
        If you’d like I could pass your message along to him-


      • 5. Titus Logsdon  |  June 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm

        Yes, please pass the message on to Paul…I thought I was commenting on his message.

  • 6. Paul Pirtle  |  August 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I scanned thru more of your site and noticed a comment to the effect that “you should get a wheel with the orifice on the other side” by some expert. Had they looked closely at your Pirtle Spinner it might have dawned on them that It an be set up with the orifice on either side. Take a careful study and see if you can figure out how. If you do not see it get back to me and I will tell you how.

    I hope you are enjoying it.

  • 7. Angelia  |  February 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Is this blog still active? I have a Pirtle wheel that I would love more info on!!!
    Its beautiful!

    • 8. sheepsclothing  |  February 1, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Hey Angelina, thanks for your note. I’m not posting on this blog anymore, but will email you


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