Felting

I’ve been tasked with “doing something creative” with 3 acorns which were brought to me from Walden Pond. Due to the fact that I don’t believe I am a particularly creative person, this task has felt overwhelming. However, while laying in bed looking at my fiber stash (Yes, it is kept near the bed for the best inspiration) I found a little rogue creativity and decided on a project. The project may be somewhat long term but I started with step one.

Prior to having ever dreamed of purchasing fleece and processing it myself, I’d been sent some Jacob Fleece batts. The colors were mixed beautifully and the batts were in the grease. It was a fun spin, but it was certainly also difficult and the resulting yarn quite uneven and thicker than my usual. I ended up with 90 or so yards of 2 ply worsted weight yarn.

It has been sitting in my stash for years asking to be knit. But I never found an appropriate project for it. But, it plays a perfect part in what I am ready to do with those 3 acorns. I decided to knit a bowl for felting. It may not get felted until the weekend, but it is ready to go.

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I also made two more dryer balls that are waiting to be felted. I might as well, after all!

The Best of Intentions

I had absolutely vowed I would get back to working on my jacob fleece spinning as soon as my wheel was free again. But? That didn’t happen. I just couldn’t face the dreariness of undyed fiber while the leaves begin to fall and I start thinking about autumn. There will be plenty of dreary weather in the upcoming months and there will also be plenty of time to concentrate on spinning more often, making the spinning of the jacob fleece feel faster. Right now I don’t spin enough to be inspired to get it done.

So I went for color. Specifically, color I wouldn’t bother to spin on my spindles. I have a braid of BFL top from fibernymph dye works in a gradient colorway and I figured that would be a great wheel project. I began spinning it last night on my porch. As the evening progressed and it got dark so quickly, I realized I couldn’t actually make it very far. However, I can say that the top is extremely well prepared and easy to spin and it is going quite a bit faster than it feels it should.

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After my last post…

My crafting time went away completely and I got very little extra done over the long weekend. Instead, there was swimming, wave pools, water slides, observation towers, and hiking and exploring in the woods. Oh, and also, labor day parades, dirt rides on the mountain bike, and time spent with friends. And an amazing amount of delicious food. All in all, extremely wonderful ways to spend our time, so I am not terribly upset about the lack of crafting time.

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I did get a bit more done on the hitchhiker scarf, I am into the orange section now and it is still hard to put down.

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And see that small skein of yarn there? That’s a chain ply from the leftover silk singles from that project. It is only 51 yards but it is pretty and soft. I am considering using it for the bind off on the hitchhiker. Do you think that would look odd, or just draw it all together?

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Another 2 ply

The black BFL from Dyeabolical I was spinning sat around as singles for quite some time, waiting for me to finish the Navajo 4 ply. Once that was done, I got to working on plying on my wheel. The resulting 2 ply is not particularly colorful, but I am enjoying its subtlety. I have 402 yards of a light fingering weight yarn.

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This long weekend has been a rather productive one in the crafting department. I am enjoying the bit of a time out as well as the inspiration to work on projects. Cooking has been rather high on the list of tasks this weekend as well, and Bug and I are going for a nice long swim tomorrow. How is your weekend going?