Snowy days and days and days, with a little freezing rain thrown in to the south of us!
But with the snow comes lots of time to stay inside and craft so I’ve been very busy this past week.
merino top and alpaca blend yarn, hand dyed
Last Friday I dyed some wool and top and yarn. While it was drying I finished spinning some green yarn, plied it and set the twist.
warm and cool primary colors, plus pink+blue=purple
When it was dry I spread it on the table for pictures, but first I had to play peek-a-boo with Sheldon! After the game was done he still was tempted to take a closer look at the wool, but behaved and just looked 🙂
my eyes are closed…you can’t see me
can I fit?
Then I teased some of the purplish wool to remove more of the VM (vegetable matter) that hadn’t come out in the washing.
Can’t I help?
teased wool and debris
After loading my hand cards with fiber, I found that Sheldon was still watching me!
Dressing the cards
carding wool with help
Here are some the rolags (rolls of carded wool) ready for spinning, but I have a lot more carding to do first.
rolags ready to spin
As I mentioned before we have two black cats. The following pictures will show you how we tell them apart: Sheldon has the crooked ear from the injury he came to the shelter with. Stanley has half of a white whisker (the other half must of broken off during their wrestling matches). While Stanley can usually be found be found on my husband’s lap and occasionally on mine, Sheldon has to see (closeup) whatever I am doing and shares his lap time with me and our son, while only occasionally my husband, maybe because that lap is already taken by his brother. Both take turns trying to help me spin or knit but are learning that yarn is NOT a chew toy.
Stanley helping me spin
The yarn that Stanley was helping me spin has now been plied and has formed skeins totaling over 500yds. Time to start spinning the next color/pound of superwash merino. Made more dryer balls today, so those are drying now. I’m thankful for the speed by which things dry during the winter months thanks to the even heat of our wood furnace. So winter does have its advantages!
singles of superwash merino
How do you enjoy winter days? Anyone a fiberholic too?