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October 12, 2011


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What an amazing amount of prep work! I'm surprised you're still standing! :^)


One of these days I'll make it back to SOAR - it was one of the best trips of my life. You've had a fabulous time but, oh, the preparation. I do hope everyone was suitably grateful!

Deborah Robson

Laura, I wasn't worth much on the trip home, and am still taking naps when I can!

Freyalyn, the preparation was worth it. Lots of discoveries and delight in that room. People LOVED some of the fibers, and found the others interesting enough to be worthwhile.


Sounds wonderful - I hope to get back someday too. I still have/wear my much-loved SOAR sweatshirt from when it was in Missouri in 1991 :)

Deb Robson

Joy, was that the burgundy-colored sweatshirt in 1991? I have two sweatshirts left. One was a prototype for one of the years, and Im pretty sure the other is from the same SOAR that you were at--Potosi was one of my favorite spots. They dont have sweatshirts any more. They still have glass mugs to reduce waste, but the shape has changed.

Diana Troldahl

Wow! That sounds like such a lovely, intense and rewarding session!
I hope in the future to increase my skill-level at spinning :-}


Hey, is that the picture I took in the market place Friday night? You both were even more merry in the ones on Rhichard's camera. Thanks for a great retreat session Saturday afternoon! Hope you are recovering from the exhaustion.

Deborah Robson

Diana, the best part of spinning is just enjoying it. The skill level increases come along for the ride.

And Lynn, yes, that's the picture you took on my camera at the market. I'm glad we were a bit merrier in the ones on Richard's camera! We both look a little tired, although pleased with being where we were, in the snaps I have.

Slowly recovering. Not pushing hard. Still getting stuff done, but in low gears.

Nina Fenner

wow wooly heaven. I've been given several North Ronaldsay lamb fleeces, but I can find out very little about them. The 'fine' wool seems really difficult to spin, got any tips?

Deb Robson

Well, congratulations! Are the lamb fleeces pretty much consistent in fiber quality? I mostly mean within a single fleece, but the question would be interesting in an evaluation over a group of fleeces as well. The adult fleeces often vary dramatically from one to another, and theres a corrrelation of type with color. Length? Lock qualities? I have to ask because North Ronaldsay is one of the most diverse types of fleece out there. Adult locks tend to be triangular, often consist of a significant quantity of undercoat and a smaller portion of long hair outercoat, and may be between a few inches and six inches long. Some of the shorter fleeces have minimal outercoat. Color is often different between outer and inner coat.

Nina Fenner

Thank you,sorry I too so long to come back, I forgot where I left my question! You've asked me loads of questions and I'll have to go and give them a good looking at now. I've done a blog post with images here http://ninafenner.blogspot.com/2011/10/free-wool-from-nort-ronaldsay.html Definately a lot of difference in colour between inner and outer. The finer stuff is quite short on the one I'm trying at the moment, hence difficult. I'll try the others. Would you like me to send you some? I'm in England, would it need washing first?

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