Friday, February 12, 2016

Along came Connie

I walk ISPAC dogs regularly in their grounds and have met hundreds by now of all shapes, sizes and temperaments. I didn't plan on adopting one, rather intended to let my old collie, Huddle, spend his later years in peace.
HOWEVER, one day, just before I was due to leave, a couple came planning to take their selected red and white collie for a test drive around the grounds. Out leapt a skinny lively slightly crazy human-loving bitch in a red and white tuxedo. "Nope - not her, our choice is a much smaller collie" -  no, but....and sure enough, there was indeed a much smaller, calmer red and white border collie.
Would I take the reject for a walk? Of course - not because of some sentimental fear of hurting her feelings - no, because I had a little time left and because, well, SHE'S MY DOG! Not literally my dog (she in fact came from some hell-hole along with a whole slue of other misused dogs)  ...... people who are very attached to dogs will know what I mean - some synapse closes in your brain when you meet the animal and you have to keep him or her with you - even if he/she is a right handful - which this bitch surely is.

                                         Just arrived in her new home - very submissive (didn't last :))

                                                 Amazed by water!

                                         and by fire

GRRRRRR so many photos and comments I placed here GONE.....again, Sigh.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Catch up on 2015 - before it gets too deep into 2016

Spindles and greasy wool - singles on the small spindle, will ply on the large spindle

Angora rabbit hand-spun hank

Huddie Jan 2015 - have to celebrate the 13 year old even if he's
slowed down and senses not too good, he's still a cute teddy bear.

Various little hand-spun hanks,  made of different fibres; wool, dog, rabbit

A spindle wigwam

Combed dyed fleece

                                                            Made into nests


Drum carded together

A clutch bag,  knit from handspan wool

Huddle looking into a bush...probably forgotten why he used to hang out there all the time - it's because of the two bitches across the road - hoping they would make an assault on the hedge like they used to so.

Green centre pull handspun yarn ball

Roving I got at a fiber fest in the UK, spun into a sport-weight yarn and now to become a cables scarf

A set of greens, neutrals to weave into a piece of fabric for a small fusion cover.

In place on its bed

I dyed some  merino-silk roving  green and will spin.
It's now a shawl and a hat - will add later.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Flicker - Flame fiber and yarn


I have lots of my former sheep's fleece dyed in a fuzzy heap in a basket and from time to time I card some and then make different colored springy squishy yarns.
Looking at the empty hearth (no fires needed right now in April) it somehow made me want to create a flame-like yarn from my dyed wool.
First I went for the red - then thought of the yellow and soon the lemon and eventually the navy-blue - since these colors are all seen in the flickering flames .
It's not complete yet - one jumbo spool of singles done - but I'll now upload some of the photos I'm taking along the way and hopefully then the finished yarn at another time.
Red, two yellows, blue and grey hand dyed fleece

 Blended on drum carder: (red, yellow1, red, yellow2, red grey) repeat X 3 then add blue.
(red, yellow1, red, yellow2, red grey) repeat X 2 then add blue. = 1 batt


First singles beings spun from 4 batts - a strip from each in turn repeating to mix it up.

First jumbo spool is nearly filled now - will make more batts for the second one - not sure whether to keep it to one solid color or use more (don't want so much color overlap that it all becomes mud when plied).
So - we'll see.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Merino Lilacs spun

I've spun about 145 gms of the Merino roving in lilacs and puples.
I decided to spin it in a color sequence - approximately the same amount spun of each color in sequence and then I chain-plied it to keep the sequences. There is about 313 yards wound off and now soaking in water to set the twist and remove any loose dye.
There was only a little bleeding on the first rinse and none so far in the second.
I'm hoping the sampling the hank and letting it hang-dry will even out some of the slobber parts.
Here it is on the swift before soaking:

Looking forward to test-knitting it when it is dry and wound.