This is my second batch of the year and I had the processor (Dakota Carding & Wool in SD) do different blends for me. Some of the differences are very subtle (or perhaps even nonexistent) when observed through photography and your monitor, but there is a reason these are called luxury blends--they feel wonderful.
All the wool was processed into cloud. All of the sheep fleeces are from Sommarang Farm in Wisconsin. Please note that I am not giving you the proper terms for the Shetland colors, but descriptive colors instead. This disclaimer is for all my Shetland loving friends around the world.
Batch 1: Black Shetland wool ("Comfrey"). This was just plain ol' wool not blended.
Batch 2: Black Shetland wool ("Comfrey") blended with my neighbor's black alpaca ("Nightshade"). It's very hard to tell from the photo but the alpaca adds a softness to the wool both visually and tactiley (is that a word?).
Batch 3: Grey Shetland wool ("Giselle") blended with a friend's grey llama ("Knight").
Batch 4: Grey Shetland wool ("Giselle") blended with mohair from my black/grey Angora goat ("Huck"). Mohair adds a lustre to the wool and almost makes the fiber seem to spin itself.
Batch 5: Beige Shetland wool ("Cozi") with my white llama ("Izaak").
Batch 6: Beige Shetland wool ("Cozi") with mohair from my red Angora goat ("Walter").
Most of the cloud will be available for sale on my website (see link to the right) shortly. I am spinning Batch 6 so that I can dye it using a technique I call "ply dye." I like to think that I invented this technique, but I seriously doubt that is the case. I will be featuring the process on an upcoming blog entry in the near future. Stay tuned.