I just finished attending a 4 day retreat focusing on Shetland wool. It was at Lakedale Resort near Friday Harbor and taught by Deb Robson. There were some shepherds in attendance as well as amazing fiber artists. There was also one dog sporting a handmade Fair Isle Sweater.
After breakfast we were given three samples of Shetland fleece each of the four days as well as a talk related to Shetland sheep in the mornings. I would prepare the wool and spin the samples into skeins finishing them in the afternoon. I would wash them and then dry them by the fireplace in my room.
We had amazing catered lunches and dinners. After dinner we had video presentations related to the Shetland Islands and its culture. There were many bottles of wine at the evening events. I would then go to my lodge room to check on my skeins, take a Jacuzzi bath, read a book about Shetland textiles and then fall into a deep sleep. In the morning, this was the view from my balcony.
There were many samples of Shetland and other wools as well as swatch samples of commercial Shetland yarns.
The fibers were gorgeous and very different from the ones from my flock. I combed most of them and produced lovely fiber for spinning on my miniSpinner.
I was able to finished 10 skeins and have three yet to go. My hope is to make a small hap shawl with these yarns.
What a wonderful, relaxing, educational, decadent retreat this was. I will never forget it.
PS I finished spinning my samples into skeins and photographed them. Here they are in order:
The second to the last one (#114) was the softest of the 4 days, and the last one (#84) was the second softest.