Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
With the wind blowing and tree limbs whipping on the trees, it's been a good day to just stay inside and knit or spin. I chose to do a little of both. Tomorrow will be spent washing some more fleece again. My room does get a little chilly, so Pat set me up with a portable electric heater to use. I also have a t.v. set up in the room as well. This will be nice to have if I feel like watching something. He is also planning to hang a shelf on the wall for me that is the perfect size to hold all my dry dye bottles.
I need to head back down to the dryer for the last batch of clothes, then it will be time to knit some more.
I did finally have to give up my blue socks. They had a huge hole in one of the heals. I didn't see it until I went to put it on and stuck my finger right through it. I had already tried to darn it once, so that was the end of it. I made them about 4 years ago, so they had a good long life. Now, I need to go stash diving and pick out another skein of blue so I can make another pair. Sounds like a good excuse to me. :)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
On Sunday, I started spinning a fiber I have fallen in love with. It's from Fibers4Ewe Mill in Putnam, CT. Liz, the owner simply calls it Mill Ends. I call it Purple Clouds. It spins with very little drafting and wants to be a fine laceweight yarn. The sparkle is the perfect touch in the fiber. There is a halo in it as well. I'm not sure what the fiber mix is. Just a bit of this and that. I'll let the pictures speak for the fiber. So far, I managed to spin 2 ounces between Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon, using my Minstrel wheel. Pictures of the plyed yarn will be posted when I've finished the other 4 ounces.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
My plans for today were to get up early and start prepping for a dye day in my room. This didn't happen thanks to my hot water tank giving up the fight. Pat went down stairs and found a puddle half way across the boiler room. Thankfully, it didn't go anywhere near the wall for my room. All the bins were safe and dry. Luckily, he caught it right after it let go so more water wasn't going into the tank to leak out. It's also a good thing he can install the new one tonight. I'm also glad it didn't let go when he was in the sling with his shoulder surgeries. We would have simply switched to the boiler's hot water system, which is our back-up.
The plan now is to have a dye day on Monday. I already have some of the colors in mind. Trying to not use my favorites of blues, purples, and pink can be a challenge. Lately, some of the finished products have been really pretty and completely outside of my comfort zone. Warm Earth tones are not my favorite. There has been shades of green, orange, black, brown, and yellow used. And the funny part is I really like how they are all coming out. :)
Since I couldn't do the dyeing today, I did some Navajo plying instead. The "Dark Storm" is finished and awaiting it's bath.
Here is a picture of Tiger on the back of my recliner. I have a bin of yarn on the seat to keep them off, but, Isabella decided it would make a comfy spot to snooze anyway. Tiger felt she needed some grooming and had been washing her face. He stopped just as I went to take the picture. Katy is also snoozing behind Tiger. You can just see Katy's ears and top of her head behind Tiger's back.
Now, I'm going to evict the kitties from my chair so I can get comfortable and knit for a while.