As I mentioned in an earlier post, this week was largely devoted to family–my father-in-law is ill and so we took a much needed trip to offer some support. Things are as good as can be expected, and there were several hours of down-time each day while everyone rested, worked, and generally recuperated.
Fort Collins and Loveland, CO are fiber-havens; going to either city can be a pilgrimage site of sorts, and, thanks to a “Spin-and-Send” back in 2015, I have a lovely friend who lives and works in Loveland. So, on Tuesday, I took a small trip to visit her. In trying times, there is nothing like a friendly fiber face! Jennifer Rose Guyor is the creative mind behind Wild Lily Artisan Fibers, the marketing manager of Aniroonz Sheep Co., and a wonderful person with which to share some tea! I shared an interview with Jennifer back in 2015 and we’re now working on a nifty post about what’s new for her and for Aniroonz Sheep Co!–stay tuned!
Thanks to Jennifer, I had an excellent fleece tour of some new-to-me breeds; saw some beautiful pelts; and smelled a few ram-fleece! Whew! She sent me home with some CVM and a longwool fleece. Getting them on the plane ought to be interesting! I cannot wait to get processing and spinning. I think the CVM might get a cold soak before I spin it in the grease–it’s that clean and beautiful. Consider heading to Jennifer’s website to check out her beautiful fiber work–and a new series on her blog!
When we returned home, I shared the fleece with my mom-in-law, an avid knitter who had not yet encountered a raw fleece. We had some terrific fun drafting and “spinning” a few locks. It was a relaxing way to pass an hour or so and kept everyone’s thoughts occupied.
Back home, I’m sending love to my CO-family and many thanks to Jennifer for taking me in for the afternoon and sending me home with some fiber-memories.