Sunday, May 27, 2007

Fiber continued

So, as I was saying, I was putting the roving into the washing machine when I looked behind me and noticed four large boxes of roving just sitting around in the laundry room. We had acquired them last year, and I had entirely forgotten they were there despite the fact it had been in plain sight everytime I did my laundry.

I also found this:

carders. caching. They might also be dog hair combers, I heard you can use that as well.

In any case, I took out some of the dirt and hay and other undesirable stuff, then washed it in the washing machine with a little bit of soap. I just put it on rinse and spin cycle, so it didn't felt. It's still a little gummy, but I think it's ok, I'm letting it soak in kool aid as I speak, or write. I'm thinking of maybe using it for some needle felting experiments.

The other roving, the one which led to this discovery, did seem to felt, or at least the fibers looked a whole lot different once it was washed. It still seems to spin just fine. Now I'm fiber content.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Back again

So I used to be a happy knitter. Then came the crash, then the vacation, then the craft fair, and now ... nothing. Call it knitting ennui, call it the summer knitting blues (doesn't summer start next month?) But whatever you call it, I have not been motivated in the knitting department.

But I have been itching to spin. Unfortunately I've lost my roving and my good spindle. Lost it. Completely. It is nowhere in my room, nowhere in the living room, dining room, poof, it's vanished. Jessamy lost her glasses too... is it the Borrowers?...

So, finally I got off my rump and decided to brake out my less superior spindle and dig through the closet for harder to spin roving (a birthday present from many months ago). I found that roving, but it was a little sticky/gummy. Not as in sticky from food or gummy from gum (gum isn't really considered a food is it?), but from natural fiber aging. Or at least I think it's something fibers naturally do.

Anyway, I went online, couldn't really find any remedies, but I did find something that seemed to suggest you wash it, then I looked around for another hour (I was determined) and found what seemed to be washing instructions from someone who knew what she/he was doing.

And then, I found something in the laundry room. More on that tomorrow for now I must go to sleep.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

new yarn

On Friday we received new colors of Jeannee (ok, so I can't remember to spelling). It's a cotton and acrylic that sells for $4.

We also have the new Interweave Knits. This issue has an interesting off the shoulders number and instructions on toe-up socks.
And here's an added bonus. I have no idea who made it, just found it on my desktop.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

New yarn colors

New colors of Jeanee. It's a cotton/acrylic.
I'm thinking a off-the-shoulders top thingie out of the blue.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Pictures for Newsletter

that yarn Store - Special Slae
One of the many samples of Mobius baskets. We have 3 others at the store, if you care to see them.
Boku. Our new yarn from Plymouth. It's supposed to be similar to Noro, self striping, feltable, and has a touch of silk.

New Outback Wool color.
One of the new Alpaca Grande color (flash is annoying).

New Encore colors. Still in their bags, all shiney and new.

had a crafty time

Thanks to those of you who came to our craft fair!

I wish I had taken pictures, especially of the mime, the quintessential bad-party sign, but alas I was either running around trying to do things and help people or eating all the candy and sweets our vendors brought to share. I had a stomach ache by the end of the night.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

This was one of the thing I had done on my trip to Orlando.

On the first full day I was there I had been walking around with my heavy purse and my shoulders, still delicate from the crash, were hurting.

So, I sat down that night and started to make the purse, by the time we arrived at the next day's theme park, it was done. It was just big enough to hold my wallet, a crochet hook, and enough yarn to make a preemie sweater.

My mom and sister (non stitchers) were astounded.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Hawaiians like it

I've been gone so long the blogger thought this was a spam blog and temporarily suspended my account! Spam, I don't even like spam. tastes yucky, I guess they like spam even less than I do.

Anyway, please come to the spring fair, it'll be fun. I'll have more news on vacation, new yarns, etc. later.

I heard there might be a mime there.