Warmer Weather Means Washing Wool

For me, warmer weather means it’s time to start washing and dying wool and other fibers.  It’s not quite yet consistent enough to break out the wash gear and the fleeces (although it’s getting there).  But, I was itching to get to the drum carder, so I did the next best thing and pulled out what I had on hand already.   Although my stash is very limited right now I did put together a few fibers.

wool, alpaca, silk, and nylon fibers

wool, alpaca, silk, and nylon fibers

As they went round and round on the drum carder I started to see this:

on the carding cloth

on the carding cloth

I pulled off the batt after the first run through and decided to blend it more.

after the first carding pass

after the first carding pass

So I split the batt into pieces and ran it through again then dizzed off into roving form.

roving

roving

I ended up with 3 ounces of light, airy, yummy goodness ready to go.  Stay tuned to see how it spins up.

Please Forgive My Lack Of Posting

While I haven’t been blogged the last two months, I have been keeping busy.  Here are a few of my completed projects.

From The Loom:

Scarf #1

Cotton and Chenille Scarf

Red/Black Tencel

Cotton Side 1

Cotton Side 2

Tencel

Chenille/Handspun Wool #1

Chenille/Handspun Wool #2

Mix of Cotton, Chenille, and Tencel

Chenille

8 Scarves

From The Knitting Needles:

Alpaca Haruni Shawlette

I hope to be more active blogging again very soon.

For Sale 1/20/12

Baby Bunny Slippers are now available.  $12.00 a pair (shipping fees are additional)

These adorable sippers are available in two sizes:

0 to 6 months or 6 months to 12 months

available in wool or cotton

You choose ribbon color (or no ribbon)

Each pair is handmade to order.

Please email us for more information or with any questions.

My View This Morning

After the kids got off to school, I sat in the stillness of the morning to spin.  It was dark outside and there was one a table lamp on in the house.  Here’s a look at what I see across the room:

 

When I switched the camera over to low level light this is the picture that came out:

Yes that is a fake fire going on in the “fireplace” heater.  It’s cold this morning!  Even with this on your lap:

I was reading while spinning (you can barely see my iPad there) and Bear-Kat decided he was either cold to or he wanted to read and jumped in my lap.  He didn’t want to move and was quite unhappy when I decided to get up.  He is currently under a blanket trying to stay warm.

PDS

Wow.  I had a case of PDS this week.  Yes, that is Pretty Darn Sick.  Finally think I am coming around and able to get back on track.  We left off last week with dehydrating mushrooms and onions.  I did get the mushrooms done before getting PDS, but never got to the onions.  I will be working on that this week as well as spaghetti sauce and whatever else comes my way.

 

I did get a chance to work on some Kumihimo (Japanese Braid-Making).  I am making a simple spiral braid out of silk and wool.

Next, I will try some beads on a spiral and see how that goes.  It’s not the quickest thing in the world to do, but very relaxing.