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I’ve finally got my late winter or early spring hat completed. I haven’t had much time to spend on fun things. We moved my mom into an elderly apartment complex and our son moved into his own place. All of this in late February and March.  So now I’m trying to help my sisters and brother with cleaning out Mom’s house. This has to be done by June 1st.

Back to my hat, I dyed with kool aid, jello and Wilton’s cake dye. I used my own hand spun yarns.

Blue-Royal blue cake dye

Ghoul aid-KA

Red-orange + cherry KA

Yellow-lemon jello

Light orange- peach jello

Green-light tan alpaca + Lemon-lime KA

Natural white

Hat2015

Hat Top 2015

Cat Hat 2 Pixie approved.

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Wave pattern

Wave pattern

I knit this up using my hand spun camel. I spun this to a sock weight yarn. This yarn has no elasticity. The pattern was hand manipulated and knit to 50 inches and then grafted the ends together to make an infinity scarf. I should have gone to 60 inches so it would have a little more give.

Camel Infinity Scarf

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My sister and I went to the Shepard’s Market on Saturday, this was a great wool market to attend. The event was organized and put on at the Vinton, Ia high school by Sue H. from SunRise Suris Alpaca ranch.  The location was really nice to be able to have enough room to roam around in and be able to visit with vendors and to shop.  I would like to “THANK”  Sue and all the vendors for having such a nice show.  Here are a few of the vendors that I had a chance to visit with.

Yarn Geek 1

Yarn Geek 2Yarn Geek Card

Crazy Boy

Crazy Boy Card

Homespun Family 1

Homespun 2

Homespun Card

FaeRidge 2

FaeRidge 1 Janette

Fae Ridge Card

My sister and I took a little break from shopping and we sat down for awhile.  So I decided to pull out my little Indian book charka and spin some cotton for a few minutes.

Me charka

All in all it was a great day, looking forward to next year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have been busy dyeing and spinning for the last few months.  But yet I don’t feel like I have gotten anything accomplished.  I did have fun with Kool aid and gentian violet.  Gentian violet is a medicinal dye used to treat yeast infections.  The wool used for the gentian violet was Scottish Blackface, it’s a little on the harsh side, just right to use for the feet in socks.

Scottish Blackface Gentian Violet

Scottish Blackface

Kool Aid 2013

For this batch of kool-aid dyed wool I used an adult romney fleece.  It was a beautiful fleece that took the kool-aid well.  I am almost done spinning up this batch.  Will be using in sock tops and in the sock feet with a mohair carry along yarn for strength.

A couple of weeks ago I found a spinning wheel on Craig’s List that just called my name to come and rescue.  It had all of it’s parts but you could tell it was a very old wheel.  So we took a little trip about two hours west of our home and brought her home, she needed very little repair, just a new front maiden bearing and a good cleaning.  Turns out she was also signed by  her maker “G:Yunker”, according to Spinning Wheels and Accessories   by Pennington and Taylor, he was a maker that lived in PA/OH.  In their book this wheel is referred to as a “Left-foot” wheel because of the way the treadle is built.  The cross over brace goes from right to left to accommadate the uprightness of the wheel.  She is a little fussy but she does spin a very fine yarn.

Post Clean wheel

Post clean

I finally took the plunge and knitted a TAM, they have always looked difficult to me, so I took on the challenge to my brain.  Here is the results of my challenge.  It’s not perfect by any means, but at least I didn’t say F—it and frog it. I learned so much about the construction of the tam and strand knitting it was worth the challenge.  The tan yarn is alpaca and the dyed yarns are various wools from other projects.  Blocked it over a large dinner plate and run some cotton around the opening edge and pulled it up to stretch it out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sleepy Sunday afternoon

Emmy

I haven’t been doing much this winter, I’m hoping with spring coming I’ll find some ambition and get to spinning again.  I did do some kool aid dyeing. I have usually dyed the roving before spinning, but this time I spun first then dyed.  The wool is dorset, used the microwave method to dye with.

Dorset handspun

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This is my first attempt at knitting gloves on a knitting machine.  I used my KH588  using the patterning feature for the diamond design.  I used my handspun alpaca for the main color and a mixed breed wool for the contrast color.  The alpaca is a natural rose grey and the wool used for the contrast color was dyed with “Red, White and Blue” kool-aid.

I broke the glove down into sections: Cuff, Palm/Back(main body), thumb, fingers.  I was using a drawing of my BIL’s hand for basic dimensions.  Did a test swatch of my yarn for gauge and went from there hoping for the best.  I hope they fit.

MK Gloves

MK Gloves 3

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Poor Fleece Choice

Yup, I went and done it. I pulled a nubbie trick, getting a fleece off of Ebay without any information.  I should have know when the ad said “BARGAIN Prices” to just keep on surfing around the fleece ads. But NO, I went ahead and ordered not one but two of this persons fleeces.  Just because he shears sheep doesn’t mean he knows fleeces.   Got them a few days ago and what a dissapointment.  One was totally unusable, completely full of vegetable matter with a staple length of one half to one inch.  Not worth the effort so it went into the garbage.  The other one I was able to get a small usable amount out of it to blend with other fibers.  Here are some pictures of the tunis fleece, I certainly can’t judge the breed by this fleece.

Majority of the fleece was 1/2 “.

A very small amout of 1″ length, but too dirty to evan attempt to clean.

I have bought other fleeces off of E-bay and they have been pretty good.  I guess I was willing to gamble and got skunked. So much for the pity party, I know there are some really good fleece sellers on E-bay and will try again only after a little more research into the seller.

 

 

 

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