Thursday, May 23, 2013

Just a few sentences to keep this from wasting away. We've had a terrible tragedy: computer died and got a new one. HP with Windows 8. Cannot express the difficulty of using this thing. Anyhow Blogger isn't willing to take pictures from the computer, don't have a phone. Can't find the URL on the pictures and who wants to copy and paste 6 pictures. Will seek guidance.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Finally decided to get this project bag off the sideboard. From a Deb Menz Blending class at SOAR in Bend. Yess the batts look very flat as would you rolled in paper towels for 2 years. Picked a base color, in this case a muted pumpkin, and added others. I feel sure there was a story about hues, tones, complements, etc. But 3 hours and 20 people you are basically just grabbing. I only blended once thinking it would do more in the spinning. Correct.

There are 3 oz, 180 yards total, 3ply. Probably Corriedale. This was my first carding experience. The yellow and green are ok, the others EWWW. The base color was probably a mistake. Possibly this would be ok used as stripes with a blue for a baby sweater. I know there is 8 oz of an Ashland medium blue here. Somewhere.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Warhill: 140 yds, 2 oz/ 60g. 3 ply. Just a little off-white. Managed to get rid of 95% of the grass bits, learned about dirty fleece. On a scale of 1 - 10 of elasticity this is about a 5. Feels and spins like merino, could be worn next to the skin. Could be sock yarn but wouldn't last well.

E.F.: 110 yds, 80g, 3 ply, Aran weight. The second cuts I got tired of pulling out felted into little balls that contributed to the lofty bounce of this yarn. The only yarn I've spun that was more elastic was a CVM that was really beset with noils. This is my best effort in making a Sarah Swett yarn. A real pain in the neck to clean and spin, partially due to it's being black. The bronze tips merged right in. Gorgeous yarn, very wearable, probably won't pill. Trying not to go back and buy the rest.

East Friesian and Warhill

The 1st picture shows the lovely fine crimp of the Warhill, somehow visible in the unbelievable filth of this sample. Washed 1 handful at a time, the water resembled mud after 2 batches. Sometimes had to change after 1. And it had a ton of grass. 120 g ended up 60g. Felt real sorry for the sheep carrying around 100% of fleece weight in dirt. And yes, I bought these baggies sight unseen.

The East Friesian was just a black blob, unsuited to photography. Less dirty but full of 2nd cuts. 120 g down to 80g. Picture shows unwashed and washed , there were bronze tips. Staple about 2 inches on each.

Monday, July 25, 2011

We're embarking on week 2 of major heat. However, 100 degrees means little to a young dog. Today we walked 3 miles including 2 big hills. And we've been out twice to play "Throw the Kohlrabi". Pre-shredded some recycle boxes. Last week he found some over grown cucumbers and carried them up and down the hill. I've turned into a dog mommy, pockets full of treats and bags.

On the fiber front: this month's KAL sock is almost done, amazing since it's the L on 0's, 100 stitches. Possible but unlikely there will be some spinning. Certainly haven't stopped the influx of fiber.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Less mutt-like picture. He's gained about 2 lbs per week. Finding himself at home. Moose took him to Delaware today to visit his favorite bakery. Things are a little better with 2 of the cats. There has been no spinning or fleece washing. New dog settling in is pretty time consuming.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Almost 2 pounds of washed, dyed, or carded Corriedale. And 3 ropes of Polwarth. Laboriously removed from net and plastic upstairs, brought all over downstairs. He also unpacked the Hansen from it's tote and 2 layers of plastic. Thank goodness nothing of interest so he didn't chew it up. All in 1 hour.