Snowy Days

Snowy days and days and days, with a little freezing rain thrown in to the south of us!

snowy view

But with the snow comes lots of time to stay inside and craft so I’ve been very busy this past week.

rainbow dyed

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.

dyed in the wool.

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 🙂

cat peek-a-boo

my eyes are closed…you can’t see me

cat peek-a-boo

can I fit?

Sheldon the cat

hi!

Then I teased some of the purplish wool to remove more of the VM (vegetable matter) that hadn’t come out in the washing.

cat

Can’t I help?

hand processing wool

teased wool and debris

After loading my hand cards with fiber, I found that Sheldon was still watching me!

hand wool processing

Dressing the cards

hand processing wool

carding wool with help

hand processing wool

carded wool

Here are some the rolags (rolls of carded wool) ready for spinning, but I have a lot more carding to do first.

hand processing wool

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.

cat

Sheldon

spinning yarn

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!

spun yarn

singles of superwash merino

How do you enjoy winter days?  Anyone a fiberholic too?

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Wondering Wednesdays #7

For this wondering Wednesday I’m turning the keyboard over to our resident cat “G-Dog” to share his thoughts with you;

Meow, I’m usually quite quiet, and keep my wonderings to myself, but tonight I’ll make an exception.

As New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, I’m wondering why humans seem to make it such a “Big Deal”? If they aren’t busy planning for a big celebration (my humans aren’t) they are busy making lists and plans for the beginning of the New Year (mine are). I’m wondering why one particular day should be a “changing point”? I like things to stay the same, on my pre-conceived schedule, with all these lists, some things may start to change? grrr….

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G-Dog giving Mom the paw!

As a cat, I’m happy that I get fed several times a day, usually whenever I use my paw to attract attention to an empty dish. Sometimes they don’t understand and I get an ear scratched instead. But if the paw doesn’t work, when the teeth replace it they get the message!

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Getting closer to using teeth

Then I sit patiently watching to make sure they follow through, and place the dish exactly where I like it…purr.

G-Dog

Watching

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Yes, that’s the right way.

I sometimes try to read minds, and stare at them as hard as I can, wondering what they are planning next?

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What ARE you thinking?

Other times I give up, realizing they haven’t developed the skill needed to read my mind yet. I’m wondering if they ever will?

Meanwhile, thanks for listening, remain your purrfect selves and hurry back next week/year. And please add anything that you might be wondering about in a comment….otherwise I think Mom’s mind may be set on talking about more crafts, instead of letting me play kitten old cat on the keyboard!

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Oh well, I’ll try again later, maybe

Wondering Wednesdays-#5

 

Wondering Cat Wednesday!

G-Dog (yes, that’s the name he came to us with) is wondering when a cat is supposed to sleep?

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He’s curled up on his favorite end of the couch wondering when the flashing light is going to stop?

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Meanwhile I’m wondering when my camera is going to work well enough to take the pictures I want to make the posts I had planned. The memory card stopped working and I lost a lot of the pictures I had…(lesson learned empty camera often!) Now something else has come up and I won’t be able to start shooting new ones for a few days.

I’m also wondering how people manage to plan and write posts drafts ahead so they have something to fall back on when life and plans don’t coincide? Once I write something I want to post it before I rethink it too much? Anyone else have these problems? And rethinking this, why aren’t I still talking about our cat? Maybe I need a cat nap?

Wondering Cat World

Cats are very self-contained and don’t share their thoughts all at once. G-Dog is especially private, so this may be a continuing series. Also he doesn’t read a calendar well with one bad eye, so this wondering Wednesday post is a day early!

Here he is wondering why registers are only warm for part of the year?

favorite cool weather spot

favorite cool weather spot

Can he manage to soak up enough heat to last through the summer?

Ahhh! Comfort!

Ahhh! Comfort!