Saturday, 27 April 2013


There is a New Zealand sheep farmer in our group and we have been discussing sheep breeds. The Kiwis have developed their own sheep breeds. He has Romney x Border Leicestershire with a little Texcel and Finn Landrace. These are for meat. Border Leicester is Cheviot x Leicester. For fleece, it is Romney x Border Leicester with some Poll Dorset and Suffolk. It was a very interesting conversation. He indicated that the objective was to produce a more-or-less self-sufficient sheep which needed little looking after.

I told him about the Newbury coat exercise and he was duly appreciative. He says they do similar Sheep-to-shoulder exercises but with everyone knitting.

We have just had dinner and watched a belly dancer. Definitely not for me.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.