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Perendale Fleece: A Love Story

September 5, 2005

In July I fell hard for a Perendale Fleece. It happened at the Treenway Silks table at the Salt Spring Island Fibre Festival. They had several fleeces, but this one called to me, 3.7 kilos, roughly 8 pounds of lustrous locks ranging in colour from silver grey through pewter and charcoal.
How could you not love this?

One thing led to another; a little soap, a little hot water, a pair of combs and some quality time . . .

The yarn is a little hairy, like Shetland, but has more sheen and is a bit softer. It’s a smidge heavier than 2-ply jumper weight. Using two strands, I have gauge for Eris and for Fern.

The affair continues.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 5, 2005 8:56 am

    Oh wow this is just amazing! That beautiful crimpy fleece, to the puffy little clouds ,to the perfect singles,to the gorgeous two ply, to the beautifully defined swatches. I tip my hat to you!

  2. September 5, 2005 9:00 am

    Oooh, ooh, ooh! Wow that looks beautiful! Totally great looking stuff!
    Welcome to Pink Tea!

  3. September 5, 2005 9:08 am

    Mel, it all looks so romantic! Every picture is perfect and makes me want to spend money on combs. That fleece is GORGEOUS. I love the subtle color of the finished yarn. How far along are you? You picked two of my favorite sweaters to make, too. Hopefully you’ll show us a lot more pictures as you go!

  4. vanessa permalink
    September 5, 2005 9:11 am

    melanie, that skein looks like a sting of lustrous pearls 🙂 your work is always perfection!

  5. Katie permalink
    September 5, 2005 3:24 pm

    What a lovely succession of photographs! I especially love the composition of #2 with the wool combs. Welcome aboard!

  6. Vicki permalink
    September 5, 2005 8:26 pm

    Absolute perfection! Can’t wait to see your finished sweater. Whichever design you choose, it will be lovely knit with that beautiful yarn.

  7. Sam permalink
    September 6, 2005 11:05 am

    Welcome, Mel – wonderful to see you here! That fleece is amazing; I can see why you couldn’t let that one go. The spinning, of course, is perfect. My goodness. I’d love to cast a vote for Fern. 🙂

  8. Angela permalink
    September 6, 2005 1:13 pm

    What a lovely tribute to Per’n’Dale.

  9. June P permalink
    September 7, 2005 7:41 am

    Wow, Mel, this is just beautiful!

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