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.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Made about 5 oz worth of these batts. KA: Blue Raspberry Lemonade, Lemonade and Lime with a dash of no name teal fiber. Enough for socks if it ever gets cool enough to spin.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

All the little batts. Peach yarn and components. 42 yards 3 ply, 17 gm. Absolutely the color I was going for, sportweight, a tad fuzzy and lofty/soft/squishy. This is so fun. And the KA is so easy, non-threatening. Even though I have a skein about 6 years old, dyed with no technique, that is still nuclear in its' coloring, I'm worried about fading and will probably invest in the Jacquard dyes

Dye Day #1

Koolaid being available: Grape, orange, black cherry. Also did lemon and green. Blended the lemon, cherry and orange to make a lovely peach batt, not well visible in bottom picture. Made everything into batts separately and then tore and layered to blend. Also did cherry + grape.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Not easy taking pictures of white batts. Could be Maltese sleeping for all you know. Results of last post washing. 4 intensely fluffy poufs, left my foot in for scale. Amazing for 2oz.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Maryland Sheep and Wool

The weather this year was perfect although the people wearing sweaters looked hot.

We got there at 0830 and the field was half full of cars. The actual venues didn't seem as crowded as in the past. Shorter lines at the potties, handwashing stations by the Port-a-Pots. They added a new section of vendors and there was a LOT of stuff to see.

However, since last year I'd been thinking about the Ruppert Corriedale fleeces so that was 1st stop. Even though the thought of processing 6+ lbs and then all that white yarn... The washing is going to be a snap. Soak a few minutes in hot water and Dawn, quick rinse soak. Blinding white, all grease gone.

Other stuff bought: 8oz from Bullen's Wullens, soap and 2 skeins lace yarn from Creatively Dyed.

Monday, April 25, 2011

3 ply. One is all Polwarth, one 2 plies of that and 1 of corrie. Not only sampled but swatched. 8st/inch on 2.25.

This is my most successful 3ply Polwarth sock yarn, the right thickness. The Polwarth is softer. The blend is crisper, probably would wear better. It is also yellow tinged and shows a subtle striping, not enough to interfere with patterning.

Left is Polwarth from BME, color Mint Center. Right is a very old corriedale from Crown Mountain Farm.

Spun up the Polwarth on the Lendrum and started the same old second guessing: what might go with it and expand the yardage.