Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Projects, Fun Stuff...

Two posts in one day! I know, but I havent had time to do this and I have been busy playing! (the other says the 26th because I started it at home last night)
I think the color is right, maybe a bit less red.... I think it is more maroon. Anyway, this skein was spun from a dark brown fleece I bought from Terry Mendenhall at the state fair (I love this fleece! In fact I bought the fall shearing too :) I have been playing with it, doing different things and I decided to try a dye job. I mixed Cushings wine and scarlett colors and viola! A really pretty, rich maroon. I just loved the way it came out! I have dug up the other skeins of this Rambo/Romney cross wool and am going to play some more :) More pictures to follow!

I ordered a copy of "Vogue Knitting on the Go: Crocheted Scarves" yesterday, I love crocheting scarves and we are having a scarf contest or something of the sort at the state fair this year. Look out CSSW! I think I am going to take this skein and make a small scarf out of it....


Ok, *composing myself*
You wouldn't believe (or maybe you would) how much wool, how many different kinds of wool, I have in my stash that is just begging to be blended with other wool in my stash and spun up into something beautiful!
I had this stuff all packaged up ready to go to Morro Fleece Works and never quite got round to sending it. It just really seemed like a big pain in the picker to send such small amounts of wool to her for blending... enter the Clemes & Clemes! My new, used carder that is going to get lots and lots of time to show me how it can make my life easier (?)
OK, maybe not a lot easier, but I will have a lot of fun with it :)

I started last night (couldn't finish my dinner cause it was on the table screaming at me) with some of Wayne's wool, a merino I believe, some torte angora bunny, and white angelina. You may be thinking at this point (at least I was) that I have never used a drum carder before, how can I possibly be thinking about blending at this stage!?!?!? Well, I couldn't help myself. I have been sitting on this wool for over a year and wanted so bad to see that angelina blended with the merino. Actually, the entire blend was to be a very short cashmere, a boat load of angora, the merino and the angelina, so I really did take it easy.
I started with the merino, ran it through twice (sorry, some of Wayne's wool is neppy...) and on the third run, I added angora, you can see it in the middle of the batt here, a very pretty torte (my favorite angora color), then ran it again with bits of the angelina. One more time through and off to the wheel!

Amy, if you read this, you know that I had one heck of a time spinning this... it was neppy beyond belief! But! I made myself leave the neps and noils and slubs alone and spun it the way it came out of the draft! Proud of me? I was LOL


Kathy said...

Hiya! I found you through Michelle @ Boulderneigh. What a great blog! I saw you mention about grazing to Lauren...I live in Flagstaff AZ and actually am lucky enough to have green pasture with a stream running through. Our place is small, but I can still let the sheep graze a bit even now. I haven't met anyone else here who does have actual green pasture. It sure makes a difference in the hay bills and the lambs have nice green-stuff to eat in the spring IF it isn't under snow!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Flag is a nice place, my DH is from Oracle, just out of Tucson. I think the biggest concern I would have living around there is cactus contamination of my wool lol!
Thanks for visiting!

Purple Fuzzy Mittens said...

In Oracle you would have had to deal with fire ants, too. ;-) I love the color of the yarn!

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

Thank you! You should see it in person! I dyed another skein with navy blue with a touch of ocean mist, I have to buy batteries for my camera and will take more pictures later today or tomorrow.