2/06/2016

Welly Swotting over Suri



Working on this Suri fleece has been quite the chore and learning experience. I've had to rethink how to process it several times, and the sheer amount of dust that is still sticking to the fleece after multiple washes is driving me batty.

At first I was putting it through the drum carder and it was, kind of, working. A lot of the fiber would stick to the lickr-in drum, and then it would poof out as if it had a hand in an electrical socket. Remember those electrified balls that the museums would have to show you the effects of static charge?  Yea, that's what it looked like. I did try spraying it with some watered down conditioner, but that didn't do much for it. I washed the resulting batt and it came out the purest bright white!! Nothing like the rest of the "washed" fleece!!

Then I tried my combs. Found out the giant course Indigo Hound combs I have are not really meant for this kind of fiber. I haven't used them hardly at all in the nearly 10 years I have had them. I may sell them in order to get a finerViking set. I tried out a pair last week at The Dancing Lamb, and I got a pretty good sliver from that, although it was a lot of effort.



So I've resorted to my carding paddles. I've been making several dozen Puni's a day. Thankfully it's only three pounds worth of fiber to process and I have till May to get it done. I'm still off work from a back injury so I've been spending a lot of time inside watching movies, spinning, processing and knitting. I do have exercises from visiting the PT to do, other than getting some walking in which I am told is the best thing I could do for a back injury. The exercises are developing some underused muscles in an effort to support my back in hopes that it doesn't get any worse. As a result, I have been craving protein, MEAT, like a fiend. I ate three chickens from the grocer last week. THREE!! I eat all the dark meat right away and then make a casserole with the white meat because it tends to be dryer.

The trader wanted the resulting yarn dyed Magenta. I thought I had magenta in my dye stash, and it turned out I did not so ended up having to buy some from Dharma. Pretty darn cheap from there!! So I gave a spun sample a good washing and dyed it. Pretty!!!





I also ventured to try a scouring soap I've never seen before and....it's absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It did not take the dust off the fiber like Unicorn Scour Power does, and the smell....THE. SMELL. To me it smells like rancid latex, or a dildo....neither of which I can stand. (If you have to ask, don't.)  As soon as I opened it I felt nauseated and had a headache for the rest of the day. Of course I am stuck with it now. Attempting to resell it on Ebay since I only used a fraction of an ounce to test wash with. The buyer from Etsy would not accept it as a return, and she said she liked it's smell over Unicorn.
Never again will I stray from Unicorn Scour Power! I enjoy the light floral scent it has.







Until next time...
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1/31/2016

My first commission!


Lots of things have happened since my last post which was pretty dark in feeling.

I recently fractured my back while working so I have been off for a month, healing. The physical therapy is helping A LOT. I can't say too much about it right now since it is a workers comp dealio.

So I've been thinking about getting back into blogging but I have this thing that I do...I really want to blog, but then I get to composing a post and then I write-and-write-and-write so much that by the end it's a flappin books worth. So, I'm going to keep things simple, short and sweet. That way I don't overwhelm myself, or the reader, with so many words.

I kept seeing posts on a Facebook group about commission spins where a grower sends a spinner fiber (raw or washed, but definitely skirted) and the spinner gets to keep a percentage of the fiber for themselves in exchange for sending a percentage of the spin yarn back to the grower. And the more I looked into it, the more I wanted to try it! So I joined up with the Facebook group "Spin a Pound, Get a Pound". It took several weeks to get the OK and become an "approved" spinner by their standards. Along the way, I've not heard very good things about the moderators, and the rules are extensive, but necessary and mostly common sense stuff.  I think I will not let the opinions of others (who may or may not have abided by the group rules) sway mine opinion until I have had my own experiences.
OOOooo yummay!

My first commission is a luscious three pounds of white Suri Alpaca blanket. The trade is 60/40, 60 going to the spinner. AWESOMESAUCE!! So generous!
The grower wants it dyed magenta so I am working on that today. It's been quite a bit of work just to get the fiber mostly clean, and some dirt is being stubborn.
Jacob/Alpaca

I've almost worked my way through three pounds of Jacob I acquired at last years Fiber Festival, stretching that by blending it with alpaca and spinning it very fine for lace. I plan to spin the Suri as a lace or fingering yarn since the grower said "spinners choice". So far I am feeling very good about it and I LOVE the feel of the Suri. I may just like this working for fiber thing!

Have wheel, will spin for fiber. LOL!






Until next time...

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12/08/2015

Going Under



When you want to give up, but you can't tell anyone....for fear of retribution for how you feel or be accused of attention seeking.

Cold.

Numb.

Going Under.

Drowning.







9/10/2015

Them Old Arts Charm


Well I am back at it again! Spinning, weaving, knitting....
On the Loom

I am bound and determined to finish those lace curtains I started nearly ten years ago. After some wrangling of the threads that had been sitting in the loom, half threaded, for nearly as long, the first panel is being woven. I made a few mistakes in threading, bit that's okay. It doesn't have to be perfect and I am okay with that.



I've also bought several new wool fleeces in the last month. One Merino and one Babydoll. Sheep and wool festival is this weekend and I can't wait to go again. I'm sure I'll bring home at least one more fleece and then that'll be the extent of my expenditures until my cards are paid up. Second half of the year is always about working to pay off the accumulated summer bills. I have plenty to keep me busy.

I tried fermenting some fleece ( a very ancient, and slow, way of processing fleece that requires no hot water or soap), but my first fleece still stinks of the suint water. Not sure if maybe it got too hot while away camping or it sat for too long or what. I moved the buckets of fermenting wool to the garage to keep them out of direct sun and added a fresh batch of Merino to it. If it comes out smelling horrible again, I guess I'll dump the majority of the water out and start with fresh rain water. From what I've read, the smell shouldn't stick. But it has and it's not very pleasant AT ALL. I may have to give a soaking in some cold water and see if that helps any. It was so pungent that it stuck to my skin even after several washings. Word to the wise....use gloves.

Fall is definitely around the corner. It's a chilly one today with lots of rain.

Do you know about Spinzilla?  I've registered and am apart of the team "Team ZuZu Beans and Blue Moon's Twisted Spinners"  They just happen to be a group I am apart of on facebook and they are a chatty bunch. I've enjoyed the re-immersion into the fiber arts world.

Mississippi River!
Mississippi Selfie












Went camping last weekend with a close friend of mine and got to see the Mississippi on the way home. It was a grand adventure and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We had thunderstorm wake up calls at 4am on three of the four mornings we were camping. LOL!! I enjoyed the storms, my friends were not as giddy about them.



Did I mention I am also raising silkworms again?
Oh yes, yes indeed. I'll have eggs soon and I wouldn't mind sharing. :)

What is it about the old arts charm? I love it so much. Can't wait to get back to my lace knittings.







Until next time...
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Monarch Magic






Until next time...
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