Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fall Colors

SOAR purchase of Lambspun 80/20 Merino/Silk. 8oz. Impulse buy. Beautiful presentation, very worried about the silk part. The bad part was the TINSEL STUFF. Don't know if they expected you to use it in the yarn. Tried to get it all off the 1st roll and almost quit. The 2nd roll I cut it every few inches. Those little flags gathered huge silk bumps. Just awful.
The other roving is "Marigold" sw merino from Blackethelcash on etsy. 4 oz. Usual 3 ply yielding 560 yards. It's a heavy worsted weight, sturdy, 3 ply tweed. I had tried a 2 and a 3 ply of just the original and it was a little dull. The 2 ply was insubstantial. There are a few little silk slubs but they aren't noticeable. Did this in 3 days which was really bad for the thumb and wrist.
My local supermarket didn't offer any pansies this year. Is that because of the economy? Will have to drive around today looking for some. They're probably all bolted by now. Mike only goes out for an hour in the evening. He sticks his nose near the door and hisses at the cold wind. Turning the heat on for an hour in the morning to get the guys up and out. If I get cold later there's always housework. Sadly people will have to wrap up in yarn as little knitting has occurred.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Polwarth in colorway "English Garden" from Rovings, a Canadian company. There was quite a contingent at the door to the Market whose goal was this booth. I lemminged right along. It was at the very rear of the room and instantly held more than capacity. Pretty much just grabbed. So I got 2 bags of top and passed up a huge bag of carded. Good thing cause it turned out to be over 2 pounds and NEVER. Anyhow, we're in the line a long time looking at these $65 bags of roving and wondering if they're not a bit pricey. 500 grams. No one knew. Then a guy came along. He'll know. So he pulled out his calculator and told us 13+ oz. OK. Still pricey but it's vacation. So I get it home, tear it in half and start for my 3 ply. Taking way longer than usual. So then I remember the 13oz. Still seemed long. Moose came home and was able to figure it at 18. Whoa. So I killed my shoulder doing all the singles last week cause if it had been put away......

During my class Jim, who sat next to me, was able to unstick my flyer. So for this I used the bulky flyer to ply. 800 yards of heavy worsted weight. Spinning larger yarn was addressed in one of my classes so I tried. It was a nice fiber to work with, sort of between Corrie and Falkland, the yarn is soft enough for skin but should wear well. Doesn't look pilly. When washed it gave off an odor of permanent wave solution! cured by lavendar and hanging in the sun for 8 hours. The colors are those of hollyhocks, light pink,pink and that dark maroon. Or every color of the brick walls in English gardens. The roving really glowed and I knew there were a lot of colors in it but I did it anyways. The yarn is pretty busy and is going to be really hard to make anything but kid sweaters out of. Or mittens, hat, etc. The other bag is a blue/green mix which won't look so scattered. Next time I feel like doing 18 oz in a week!

Pseudo-Andean Spinning

This is from a 3 hour Retreat session at SOAR with Abby Franquemont. In my past, there have been people who never shut up. This girl can talk non-stop for 3 hours and spin at the same time. But she had CONTENT. We didn't get to the actual spinning till the last 30 minutes which wasn't enough obviously. But I tried and also worked through the rest of the wool later. She made bottom whorl wheel and dowel spindles and told us that Peruvians can get as much as a pound of wool on one this size. Mine spins well but there was a lot of issue with the half-hitch attachment. The single was supposed to be VERY twisted. My first little bit, finished up there, wasn't nearly as twisted as it should have been but the yarn 2 plied was similar to a shetland in feel but not fuzzy. The second one was stiffer and could eventually lead to a weaving warp which was the goal. Hope in the future to take her 3 day class. This is 100 yards of fingering weight spun and plied on the spindle.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The trip to SOAR was uneventful 3 1/2 hours. Very little traffic, few trucks. This is the view from my room; I did replace the screen. The only visible manmade structure was a beige rectangle with a big beige tower off to the left. Very lit up at night. Either a nuclear power plant or a Kmart. The last night there were 3 multicolored lit objects in the sky, not moving. And the moon. Other than that, nadda. People up there must get really sick of looking at endless trees. It was also hot. Didn't need the 4 sweatshirts. Would have been really peeved if I had had to lug the warm clothes on a plane trip.
The hotel was sort of 70's decor. Only 1 elevator so I carried everything up to the room. The wheel almost was too much. So I had to use the elevator off hours for that. Otherwise, all stairs all the time. Probably helped me not gain weight. The best part of the week was the Magic Food. Just appeared without my help three times a day.
My 3 day workshop involved learning the difference between woolen and worsted. And applying it to various fibers. Most of which were pretty sturdy but he gave us a break with BFL. Got enough of that to make mittens with. Valuable information for anyone seeking to improve the quality of their usable yarns. 1st picture true colors.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ready to Go

Poor Amy. She loves this suitcase but would be sad when actual travel was underway. This is my new packing find. Kitty Litter buckets. Indestructible, stackable, handles. Poor wheel looks like it had a few drinks already. Because the flyer won't come off it won't sit up straight but it feels secure. It is foggy here for the first time in months. Muggy. Hopefully no wet roads further north. Off to SOAR.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A friend. The cat. Someone. Joined me up for 2 Fiber Clubs. This is the FatCat Knits. Merino sadly. Hate merino. But I snuck in a strand of Falkland. Just happened to have some in the exact colors although they were longer runs and in some case a little brighter. This is about 500 yards, 8 oz, 3 ply. One more skein to do. The next Club is shipping soon, will arrive while I'm at SOAR. She should have arranged to ship it there as there are a few people on her list I know will be there. But there will probably be enough fiber to keep us busy.

Also finished up a pair of socks from FlawfulFibers sw merino. The flash picture gives the accurate color but the no flash gives better definition. Don't know the answer. Monkees on Addi 1's, 3 ply.
Started packing for SOAR. Can't believe it's almost here. It's been a lot of years since I drove so far alone. Hopefully there will be no problems. Got the brakes done in prep for the trip. Could have bought 2 wheels instead.