Get to Work!

Great stuff, having room to move without cats attacking the fiber in my hand, basket, box, bag, or on the carder or the wheel. Great stuff. Here’s the bottom of a batt that will be making up a second ply for some avocado dyed *GCN. This batt is GCN Sammas, yellow silk/Merino blend, red Border Leicester, and pitch black alpaca.

*GCN = Gulf Coast Native Sheep

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First Batt out of the “new” Studio, with Lailie

TDF ~ Day 6

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Quinn

A rose tweed Gulf Coast Native 2-ply named after my granny.

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Day 6 TDF

Day 6: The day I learned that my cats really are the bosses around here. Daisy, literally, hangs on the wheel when it isn’t spinning. Maggie lays on my foot on the treadle when I am or am not spinning. Millie has a thing for the lazy kate. Daisy is going crosseyed (ok, she IS part Siamese) watching the wheel turn – for hours on end – head nodding as she is fixed on one spot. Ahhh, boy oh boy.

The good news, is that I am out of acid dyed fiber. Now…I have only locks I’ve dyed with flowers. And I like that SO MUCH MORE! I appreciate all you lovely spinners who are fascinated with color…and I leave all of those dyes to you. I’ve done so much dyeing in the past that my skin is very sensitive to dyes. Carding and spinning take me up close and personal…to the point of swollen fingers which I do not need. So, it’s off to the coreopsis, marigold, fennel, and avocado bins! See ya later, bye! *wave wave*

Oatmeal Block

Oatmeal Cardi ~ in A Gulf Coast Native/Alpaca Blend

Good thing I took this picture when I did. The sweater’s still wet, and I readjusted the yoke. But, hey. Here’s the thing. The knitting is done! Tom’s making me some cherry buttons…in his spare time (right). Thank you Amy King for a great pattern!

So…it’s on to the next project…which is the finishing up of the Eco-Vest (Katie Himmelberg).

 

Illuminine Begun

Illuminine on the Needles

Well, after a solid week of intensive sheep care, I’m taking a day off – or rather, I’m giving Sam the Ram a day off. He’s holding his own. The sky has opened and we’re getting a good deal of much needed rain. I need to knit.

And so, I’m knitting. Tell you what. I’ve never before knit a kit. But, I won this one, and by golly, I’m knitting ‘er up. This is a lovely pattern, lovely yarn, thanks to NaKniMitMo (a Ravelry group), designer SpillyJane, and Carol Sunday’s yarn. I like the pattern, am enjoying the knitting, but darn, I’m not all that excited about the colors.

A good gray is hard to blend. I know about that. This gray is not a good gray. The red? Alright by itself, but beside the gray, something odd goes on in my brain. The blues, I like. I like the blues. But not against the gray. It’s the darn gray.

All that crabbiness aside, this is a good day to knit. Even though I have a commission for a whole pile of laceweight, I need something brainless, something that doesn’t matter. Too many things matter too much sometimes, you know?

Tomorrow is another day, baby.

Oh, Ram!

Sammy

Well, all this lamb business started after Sammy arrivayed on the scene. He came here from Georgia last summer, 6 months old, and adorable. By September, he was feeling his oats, and the ladies thought he was pretty cute, too. Midwinter, we had 2 sets of twins arrive. There’s a scar on Sammy’s face, from a dog attack last winter. Just to the right of his mouth. You can barely see it now. And, by the way, his fleece is fairly spectacular.

Zee Nose

Now a year and 9 months, his nose is taking on the characteristic wrinkle and hump. But, he’s still our pretty boy.

Bing at the Lick

Bing is giving me the eye. He’s a shy boy. Curly Lumpkin’s twin. But, what a difference between them! Sammy’s pa has scurs. Sammy’s horns are definitely horns, but they’re not massive. Here’s Bing. At 7 months old, he’s as big as his daddy, and those horns. I would like to get a close up…maybe one of these days…his head is all bone at the top…he’ll be quite the headbanger.

Bing beside his Pop

Here’s Bing, showing his profile. Already, he’s developing the characteristic humped nose. We’re hoping his horns take a turn out soon…they’re so close to his face right now…they look like they’re ready to pierce his cheeks. So, he’ll be our “At Stud” guy. He has the luscious fleece of his Pop Sammy, and great size and conformation. He’s Perkins all the way on Sammy’s side, and Perkins/Holt on Sally’s. If you read here much, you know that our gals, Sally & Holly are also very large horned ewes. So, we expected her babies to have size. Bing, though, is so gorgeous, I want to invent a new category for him!

This little photo session was brought on by my morning with Mary, who, at 2 weeks, looks ready to go out into the world. What a Big Girl! I’ll get pictures later.

Tour de Fleece – Day 5

 

Grease Singles – Gulf Coast Native “Sally”

Two-ply “Sally” and the Sweater Begin Knit from Her

First…notice what a difference in light does! The interior flash reveals something very interesting. Many spinners are used to spinning prepared squeaky clean fiber. But there are still a few who know about spinning “in the grease.” This particular yarn is being spun in the grease. The fleece is cold scoured – soaked with enough wool wash to get the crud out but not the lanolin. Then spun into a “firm” singles. The yarn is not fuzzy, but spinning is fast. After the yarn has been plied, it will be washed…and it will bloom and soften. This type of spinning is a treat for tired old hands. Lanolin is such a treat!

The sweater, Katie Himmelberg’s Eco Vest, is a project I started last winter. Can you tell how yummy the knit is? Mmm mmm. Eventually, I’ll finish enough yarn for this. The skein I spun today is 168 yards, and 3 1/4 oz. Not quite enough to polish off this knitting!

Next TDF challenge is to spin a skein of both “Holly” and “Sammy.” I am itching to experience the difference between these senior members of the flock. Sammy’s fleece is really something…I’m saving it for last. Next up is Holly, whose fleece I’m spinning clean, as a laceweight 2-ply.

See ya tomorrow!