Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Oh, if only...

So, my friend and colleague Jez sends me this:

See below... is there such a thing? i dont think so, but figured i'd ask the expert. : )

I'm wondering if there is such a thing as a miniature machine that would do
what a spinning wheel does, also kind of automatic, for spinning pet hair into

My reply:
ummm.... I'm not sure what she means. Is she asking for an automatic spinning wheel, as in, push a button and you've got yarn? Nope, doesn't exist.

A machine that makes yarn out of pet hair? Yeah, that's called a spinning wheel. Not automatic.

I'm having sinus-medicine-induced visions of a vacuum cleaner that sucks pet hair off the cat and spits yarn out the other end. I wish!!

Although, come to think of it... you can get felt by running clothes through the dryer and then cleaning the lint filter. Would that do?

(G, D&R)


Jez's reply:
*lol* perfect! i've posted back to the group with your answer. i didnt think such a device existed, but wanted to check with the resident expert before posting back.

Monday, April 02, 2007

What I did this weekend

(disclaimer - this is a sinus-impaired posting, rated 5 Kleenexes. So far. The morning ain't over yet.)

This was a 3-day weekend, in honor of Cesar Chavez, a famous (in California, at least) labor leader for immigrant workers.

One of my projects was to spin up some Recycled Blue Jeans yarn. I bought out all Janel's roving, about 8 pounds... Laugh if you will, this stuff goes like hot cakes at Village Venture.

I managed to spin up 4 skeins of 2 ounces each - those are the ones on the TP cardboard cores. Plus, I plied that black skein of wool, about 8 ounces. The skeins that are finished are ones done prior to this weekend... displayed for inspiration.

Right now, I'm watching an episode of Uncommon Threads on the DYI channel, where they're showing how to crochet a "cute" (cough) dress out of acrylic. Take a memo: If no one is *wearing* crochet, not even a scarf, and especially not the outfit they're demo-ing, that says a lot about whether you want to do this. Do I usually watch tv at this time of the morning? No... I'm too brain dead from allergies and allergy medicine to go to work.

News flash -- correction to the previous paragrah. One of the demo ladies IS wearing crochet. And it doesn't look half bad. But it's not the dress she's demo-ing.