From Sheep to Stash!

Yesterday and today were all about spinning home-grown Romney for the Tour de Fleece!   I’m not the fastest spinner on the planet, so a lot of spinning resulted in about 100gms of wool which I love!  I thought I’d find natural fibre a bit boring to spin, but as soon as I began, I was smitten…  this fleece from my Mum’s sheep and it is so deliciously sheepy!  It smells good, it feels so woolly and soft… even though it has been carded and made perfect for spinning, the essence of sheep is still very much there and it spins beautifully!

I’ve got a 300gm bag of it, so will be working my way through it before getting back into the colourful goodness, I’ll need a bit by then!

Have a lovely day


About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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39 Responses to From Sheep to Stash!

  1. Hannah says:

    “deliciously sheepy” — I love those words. Have fun. Enjoy. You are an inspiration to me.

  2. Tan says:

    Am I the only one that thinks that sheep looks a bit scary?🙂

  3. Joya Roy says:

    That is SO lovely!!! Want some!

  4. penelope dubois says:

    Love that photo!! Such a neat process!!

  5. Erin says:

    That’s awesome. Love the earthy colors.

  6. I just want to plant a kiss on that adorable sheepy’s nose😀

  7. Sarah says:

    I never realized how far apart a sheep’s eyes are. That is the best I can do today. No Raymond pictures for awhile………………………..I am having withdrawals!

    Sarah from Texas

  8. MeredithJean says:

    The image of that sheep staring up the camera lens will remain with me the rest of my days and illuminate my darkness!!!
    Your mother’s sheep rock, they are hilarious. If I ever get to NZ again I reeeaaaally hope I can visit Sheep Heaven and wander among these woollen characters and then have a cuppa with her poured from ‘neath one of your pot toppers of course xxx.
    Oh… and you are spinning from the real thing – and you thought you may not enjoy it? Plunder the art, delve and discover like a true Renaissance Woman Alice. It’s clearly one facet of your destiny xxx.

  9. Better a goat’s face. They are much better looking in my humble opinion. Still, I suppose sheep do put out nice wool to spin. I think you need to find some goats and try mohair or cashmere though.

  10. Bearlakenana says:

    I was just going to say I thought the “Sheepy” looks a bit demented – lol!

  11. Sarah says:

    Awesome!!! I love sheepy wool *sigh*

  12. Joyce says:

    Hullo Alice, gosh you have been busy, I have just now caught up with your posts. I love your neck wraps, I am currently making the same for me. Dangle bits just get in the way in the classroom with the kids, but still my neck needs to be warm. I love them and now just trying to avoid turning all my scarves into loop-a-liscious lushness. I love your Tour de Fleece. Those colours are stunning. Have fun making them up. Have a wonderful weekend at your place.

  13. Sandra says:

    Love the au naturelle look, but am intrigued – do you have to dye the fleece before you spin or can you add colour afterwards? Every time I look at this process I am a little more fascinated! Still think there is some magic going on…🙂

  14. Diemie says:

    Ooh Alice this is my dream!
    Spinning wool to work with, from my own sheep!
    Although I have never sat at a spinning wheel ever in my life.
    Would love to learn though, someday🙂 Love the pictures!
    Love from Holland!

  15. Wonderful, We had a lamb called Lippy once! He made me laugh every day.

  16. Julie says:

    This post meminded me of the childrens nursery rhyme, baa baa black sheep have you any wool, yes sir, yes sir, 3 bags full…….. or in your car 300grms!!! LOL

  17. Tickety-boo says:

    Come on Rip Van-Winkle get that 300grams spun! ;o)
    I love the natural grey wool. It’s so …..well….natural I suppose.

  18. I think the sheep is cute! Oh – and the yarn looks great!

  19. pea.knits says:

    Okay, if you’re actually spinning that, I am officially impressed!!! Well done!

  20. Melissa says:

    Very cool! Do I sound repetitive?🙂

  21. Sarah says:

    Oh my, that sheep is soooooo cute!! Just look at his face!! Lovely yarn too!!

    I know just what you mean by essence of sheep, I remember from when my Mum used to spin and we have sheep on the farm where I keep my horses and every year there are orphan lambs to raise so we get to cuddle them!!

    S x

  22. Jillian_R says:

    Looks lovely!! I wish I could touch it!

  23. Hev says:

    I love that color of yarn. I think it would make wonderful socks or even a warm shawl. Way to go!!!!!

  24. Penelope says:

    I wanteee som of that yarneee, it looks so natural and earthy and digestive biscuit like. Loving your super spinning posts Alice xox Always beautiful and feed my yarn soul x

  25. Pati from London says:

    Dear Alice,
    My baby boy was born last week so I missed all your posts. I’m trying to catch up today and have noticed that you’ve been spinning A LOT!!! WOW!! Your yarn stash is looking more and more gorgeous! Look forward to seeing your creations. x Pati

  26. Roseanna says:

    Oh, you are so lucky! I would love to have sheep…we are working on moving to a small farm and I want sheep and chickens!! Your wool and sheep cutie are wonderful…love your blog.
    Please give a pet to lovely Raymond!

  27. Virtual Lintu says:

    Fab mosaic. Especially love the sheep!

  28. Carole says:

    I LOVE the photo of the sheep🙂 and I love the finished yarn – it looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to see what you make with it.

  29. I can almost visualize the entire experience from your description!

  30. Liza says:


  31. Hi Alice – just wanted to let you know that I was recently awarded The Stylish Blogger Award, and I’d like to pass it on to you as I love your site! Please visit the post at my blog, Dancing in the Rain, at to pick up your award. Congratulations!🙂

  32. I wish I could have a sheep but Billy took one look at that face and said yet again…no way! 😦
    Beautiful colour! I love the saying from sheep to stash, sounds a lot better than from paddock to plate as the farmers round here say 😉 I am dreaming of going from sheep to exhibition….I washed the fleece in the washing machine today and it is out on a daybed drying as I type this. Then I only have to card it, felt it into rope and then crochet it into a doilly!!!! I think our exhibition is going to be in about a year so I have plenty of time LOL You are really getting multiskilled now hey Alice! Give Raymondo a hug from me and have a great weekend xx

  33. What an adorable fuzzy mug shot! Kudos to you for your spinning skills.

  34. Hi Alice
    It all looks splendid ! Like the sheep as well🙂
    What does the lovely Raymond think about all your spinning activities ? Never done any spinning myself, so I was wondering.. Does it make sounds like purring ? As in Dutch both ‘spinning’ and ‘purring’ are called ‘spinnen’…

  35. Suzanne says:

    No way! Your mom has a sheep?! Wauw, that’s just awesome. I would love to have my own sheep, but I guess it is not a very good idea since I live on the eighth floor with only a small balcony whahahha. I love the earty color, although it is a bit…strange to see a color like that on your blog haha. Keep it up!

  36. Lovely yarn! You are a great spinner! What will you do with your new yarn?

    I can’t wait until next Spring! My goats will give me lovely fiber to clean, card and spin!

  37. Maria says:

    your mum’s sheep is adorable! My daughter would like to know if he has a name….🙂 I am loving all of your delicious yarns! And if i didn’t have so many projects going right now, I might pull out the socks i started on 3 years ago! LOL!

  38. Cuckoo says:

    Ooooooh what will you make out of it? Oh I wonder. It’s a lovely colour, not your usual spectrum but how lovely that you are enjoying it in all it’s sheepy glory!

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