The top pattern is just a 2/2 twill fabric I want to make so I can use it for the non-fuzzy parts like the head, ears, and legs.
Here is my 4 yard warp of the chenille strips. I need to cut these apart. The weaving is each 1 inch apart, but I think 2 inches will be better. I will just have to experiment and see which one is better. If the 2" is better, I will just cut every other one, it will still work.
Here are the skin yarn and the chenille yarn together. One is a little creamier than the other, but aren't sheep various colors throughout, too? It's better than a plum-skinned sheep! Although I did consider, what would a rainbow fuzzed sheep look like? I think maybe like a clown? Would it be funny or just plain dumb? I might have to at least consider some variant of it...
In fact, an idea I had was to make a flock of a couple of sheet, all but one are white. The one that is not white is white skinned with rainbow hair... hmm... kind of like the black sheep, but a colorful one.
Anyway, I'm going to warp 4 yards of this yarn and my sett will be 30 epi, 2 threads per dent in a 30 reed. It's going to be threaded as a basic 1-2-3-4 run, and a small part of it will be a 2/2 twill. The majority of it will be this chenille fabric, that has mostly a plain weave structure. I think 30 epi will cover both weave structures ok. It will favor twill, but it will work for the tabby, too.
There is a reason why I chose 2/2 twill for the skin. Amy Preckshot always makes her animal skins as realistic as possible. I chose a simple 2/2 twill for the sheep because they have a definite lined "grain" to their skin in the short hair areas. This picture gave me the idea. Their hair has such straight lines to it. So it seems as if 2/2 twill is a cop-out, but it's not! I put thought into it.