Well, I’ve been hard at work on the decluttering of the wool in the craft room.
Like I thought, this potentially beautiful fleece was full of scurf. I took a lock outside and flick carded it, ending up with a pretty lock full of scurf, as well as scurf flying around and right up my nose. I may be ok with many things, but sheep dandruff up my nose is not one of them. I trashed this.
Do you see all the burlap bags to the right? I kept just under 4 ounces of gotland fleece, already washed, and began spinning it. I decided I didn’t want to spin it at all, so I set it aside to see if I can destash it in some way. The other burlap sacks contained a partially separated icelandic fleece sample, and I decided I didn’t want that, so they got trashed.
In the round washbasket there’s brown merino fleece already carded into batts. There’s a total of 8 ounces. I began spinning that on the prelude last evening, but didn’t get a photo.
In the rectangle basket at the top you’ll see grey fleece. This was one of my best fleeces, and it went really far. I thought about it for a bit, and decided my absolute favorite way of spinning this has been flick carding and then spinning on a support spindle from the flick carded lock. Since all the other yarns I’ve created from this fleece have been a gorgeous bouncy 3 ply, I have decided to ply this into a 2 ply yarn. I got a good start:
I’ll keep after this one regularly.
On the rose, I began spinning samples:
The top is navajo churro, the white below is racka, and the two at the bottom are jacob fleece. I need to get these plied. I am plying the navajo churro and the racka together since they’ll never be anything other than a coaster or something anyhow. The jacob fleece will just be a small sample yarn.
In this photo on the right is a bunch of angora fiber. I took that to Miss Marja and left it in her doorway yesterday because she’ll use it and I need it out of the house.
This weekend my dyes and crockpot will come out and I’ll get some of the undyed fiber dyed into something I can use in batts and rolags, furthering my declutter goals. This seems less nighmareish than I originally thought. And, when I can actually ENJOY some of the decluttering, by spinning wool I actually LOVE, it takes the edge off.
Mr. Ink said last evening “It’s getting harder and harder to get near you!” As I was spinning away, surrounded by boxes and bags of wool. I said “Well, I am decluttering!” He said “Spinning seems like an awfully slow way to declutter…..”
He’s right of course. But he hadn’t seen how I filled up the trash yet.
In other news, here’s a quick garden photo.
Last year I planted cannas that barely bloomed, they struggled along all year. I wasn’t sure I was even going to bother this year. But, I bothered. I have the ol’ regular tall red ones at the back, they are starting to grow. But, this time I added two different colors to my garden, and one of them is already blooming! I also have some tropical milkweed in there. Something for the hummingbirds and something for the butterflies.
That’s it for today, more to come tomorrow as I continue on my declutter journey.