A precious gift … from a Rambouillet ram to Grandma’s spinning wheel. One summer day it was so beautiful outside I decided to spin on the deck overlooking the lake. A young family was visiting next door and observed me enjoying my Grandmother’s Spin-Well wheel. Soon thereafter I was gifted with a massive fleece from their pride ram. A raw fleece has distinct nuances … like the smell, an intense amount of lanolin, some now dead bugs and a few reminders of where that ram had spent its time when the fleece was still attached to its owner. One thing was certain … I needed advice from the local Cariboo women who are fiber experts. With their excellent guidance I managed to hand wash this fleece, hand-pick it in preparation of carding, make batts from the raw wool, and spin from the batts! What a pleasure to let one’s hands walk through history doing what women have done for centuries.