(photo credit: pfeiferstudio.com)
Those of you who get Spin-Off Magazine probably read the article on the Stansborough Grey breed of sheep. Those of you who are Lord of the Rinngs and Chronicles of Narnia movie geeks probably know about this as well. Those of you who are both, are likely drooling.
After reading the article (and wiping the drool off of my chin) I was inspired to contact the Stansborough Farm in New Zealand, the sole source of this fiber which sounds so amazing, to see if they had any fleece available. They do, and I was assisted by a couple of delightful ladies at the farm. It is raw fleece that they hand wash and dry especially for spinners. They only have the light grey and medium grey available at this time and the dark is rarely available to sell as fleece as they use almost all of it in their textile production. There is also a waiting list to purchase the fleece.
So, I will be the proud owner of 2 Kilos (approximately 4 pounds) of washed fleece when all is said and done because that is the minimum they would ship. The fleece wasn't too extravagant but the shipping was horrible. Too bad brother Johnny isn't coming stateside anytime soon! He could stuff his baggage full of fleece for me. Not sure he loves me that much!
I am wondering if any other spinners out there have a desire to try this wool out as well? I really don't need four pounds of it...Contact me if you do please.
Go to the International fleeces site to see their very thorough discussion of the breed and to see photos of those amazing textiles that will set your salivatory glands working overtime...