Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fiber mill update

The blue roving should be ready in a week! They said it felt like there was dye residue in it, so there was a possibility it would need another washing. Can't believe they can get it done so fast, I was thinking maybe a few weeks at the least. Click here for a link to the sweater coat I will be making with the yarn, when it's finished.

Grandson, wool dying and knitting

Was glad to get this photo of Matthew, showing most of his teeth. He usually closes his mouth and pulls away when you try to look, so this is a rare one!

This is a Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater, using some of the leftovers from Matthew's baby afghan. Bernat Softee Baby in yellow. Very soft and light. Click on the name of the sweater to get the pattern.

Commercially spun yarn dyed at Joyce's yesterday. Used Country Classics I think in Spring Violet, Kiwi and a turquoise. Will have to check on the last one. The top two skeins are Naturespun, and the bottom skein is Paton's classic. The Naturespun exhausted every bit of the dye, and the Paton's only had a trace of green left. Used 1/4 teaspoon of dye to about half cup of water, and syringes to apply.

Handspun corriedale in Gaywal Candy Apple and Tomato.
These are some baby booties I have been working on. Acrylic yarns, and the pattern is here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Ready for the fiber mill

This is the Corriedale wool I have been working on for a few weeks. Dyed, then picked to be sent out to the Stonehedge fiber mill. There are two 13 gallon kitchen bags full, hope it's at least a pound. The plan is to spin it, then knit a sweater coat out of the yarn. Can't wait to see the finished roving, and get started spinning. This will be my first large project that starts with raw wool. Will find a link to the pattern somewhere and show you the sweater,soon.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Random events lately

Here is Matthew in the pool, his mother finally got him to try the floatie I bought for him! Wish it was still warm enough to go in there!

Our daughter's dog Noel, and Jimi.

My new serger and some rag strips sewn on it. My Mom found it with a free sign on it at a garage sale! It just needed some old thread pulled out of the bottom, rethreading, and I blew out a ton of dust and lint and it's good to go so far.

Ready for trimming and winding on the shuttles. There are two batches here, t shirts, and some cotton yardage.

Here is some wool I dyed at Joyce's house. Am working on dying more wool in an indigo color for a sweatercoat for me! Will post some photos of it next time, it is still drying.