It's been a busy six weeks. In addition to finishing work on the manuscript for a new project, I've selected, labeled, taken reference photos of, and packaged more than a hundred locks of wool.
Four breeds are missing.
One (Stansborough Grey) should be en route. I hope we're able to locate sources for the other three quickly enough to meet the deadline. The so-far-missing breeds are:
- Brecknock Hill Cheviot—the Welsh breed, not the American Miniature Cheviot which was, through an odd fluke, once called "Brecknock Hill Cheviot";
- Est à Laine Merino; and
- the new type of Norwegian Spaelsau—the second most common breed in Norway. I do have samples of the older types of Spaelsau. Sometimes the rare breeds are easier to get fiber for than the more prevalent ones, because for the latter a bit of wool needs to be diverted from the processing stream and that's not always simple to accomplish.
(The colored stickers on the Brecknock Hill Cheviot card indicate that the breed is, according to The Sheep Trust, geographically vulnerable.)
I'm also researching two different topics for articles, and have some interesting freelance editing work about to arrive on my desk.
Thus perhaps the shortest post I've ever written!