September 5, 2010

Sheep to Sweater Sunday n° 44 "Jasper : Shades of Grey"

De la Toison au Tricot n° 44 " Jasper : les tons de gris "

As I have already mentioned, I have a weakness for grey ouessant wool and for the beautiful ouessant sheep that produce these magnificent fleeces.

Comme j’ai déjà dit à plusieurs reprises, j’ai un faible pour la laine ouessant de couleur grise ainsi que pour les beaux moutons d’ouessant qui produisent ces toisons splendides.

Jasper à 6 mois § Jasper, 6 months old

This year, Jasper, my little grey ram, produced a lovely fleece for me that was a very light grey.

Cette année Jasper, mon petit bélier gris, m’a fait une belle toison, plutôt de couleur grise très claire.

Jasper : Toison Grise § Jasper : Grey Fleece

But taking a closer look at his fleece, I noticed that the color was far from being uniform : certain parts of the fleece were darker, others lighter. It's quite surprising to see the various shades of grey that can be found in one fleece!

Pourtant, en regardant sa toison, j’ai constaté que la couleur n’était pas très uniforme : certaines parties de la toison étaient plus foncées, d’autres plus claires.
C’est même très étonnant de voir des tons de gris aussi différents dans une seule toison.!

Une seule toison avec ses trois tons de gris!
One fleece with three shades of grey!

So I decided to sort the fleece by color : into light greys and dark greys. Essentially, I ended up with two lovely skeins of grey wool from his fleece.

Alors, j’ai décidé de trier la toison par couleur : gris foncé et gris clair. Effectivement, j’ai fini par avoir deux beaux écheveaux de laine grise de sa toison.

Deux beaux écheveaux de laine ouessant grise de Jasper
Two beautiful skeins of grey ouessant wool from Jasper

2 comments:

Jody said...

I also have a weakness for the greys...thats why I luv Gotland wool so much. Your sheep's wool has such an interesting look to it. I wonder is it anything like the shetland wool?

Diane said...

Hi Jody!
Thanks for visiting.
Ouessant Sheep are "cousins" of Shetland Sheep : both are members of the Northern European Short Tail group of sheep. The wool is (or rather can be) quite like shetland wool. Ouessant Sheep are an "unimproved" breed of sheep ... so often the fleeces are a bit more "rustic" than modern day Shetlands (but not always). What I'm trying to say is that all ouessant sheep are double coated, BUT even though most Shetlands are double coated, some have more modern, improved fleeces.

Thank you for visiting the Spinning Shepherd!