Colour in my world

I had the tiniest parcel of fleece delivered yesterday and it led to a massive, all-day sort out of all the fleeces on hand at the moment. This has to be done every year to check for moths, and a fine day is perfect. But I just love fleece, and I love all the colours I've built up over the years. There's no way I will ever use it all up in my work (unless I take up spinning again.....), but it's so gorgeous! I ordered these carded batts of Scandinavian fleece, because I didn't know what they were like and here, we all prefer working with fleece from the sheep (washed, obviously!) or fleece that has been carded. With carded fleece the fibres are in all directions and there's alot of air in there - they're light and open and a joy to twizzle into my little sheep - you can see some of my little sheep on our website here. Fleece rovings, which we sometimes use, are not such fun - a bit dull I always think. The fibres are all smoothed out and perfectly aligned with each other. Somehow the character is lost.
These are the carded batts:
They came oiled ready for spinning or felting, so I washed them, and they are gorgeous, if a little hairy! Very light and very warm, and probably not suitable for the cat walk!
So having dealt with my tiny fleece order, I went on to sort out my stock of fleece. These are the colours I've built up over the years, all different fleeces, dyed using fibre reactive dyes:
The moth hadn't got through to these, I'm pleased to say, although they had got to one lovely light grey fleece that I obviously hadn't washed and packed carefully enough. Moths much prefer dirty wool, so do make sure you wash all your winter woollies before you pack them away. And these are just a few of the natural coloured fleeces I have - Manx Loaghtan, Shetland, and a couple of mystery breeds from a friendly small holder.
This is what a Manx Loaghtan sheep looks like - not my photo - I found it on stuff and nonsense's blog - I hope she doesn't mind. Aren't they just the best looking sheep!