Friday, March 14, 2008

Fiber progress

Silly me, I've been working like crazy on fiber stuff all week but not posting about it because I didn't have any pictures to show! (visualize me giving myself a smack upside the head...)

I've been focusing on hand-combing a fleece to get it ready for the drumcarder. hmmm. This is one of Robin Snyder's fleece, and it has a blue ribbon, but no name. Oh wait, let me go look at the receipt... it's Stardust! I'm going to make another gansey out of this one. (what's Norse for grand-dottir?) Stardust is a gorgeous silver-brown finewool.

My working hypothesis is that since this is a finewool, there tend to be itty bitty second cuts because the staple is so crimpy. And those will make pills. So, I'm combing staples with a dog comb. Then they'll go into the drum carder before being spun.

A lot of work? Yes, but oh, so worth it. So far, I've got 10 ounces combed, and I'm aiming for 32.

When my hands get tired, I run some of the white romney through the carder and spin it for the tapestry. The plan for the tapestry is to spin and then dye with either dodder or oxalis, then overdye with indigo. These greens will go into a Navajo-type tapestry... see A Guide to Navajo Rug Weaving Styles for an illustration.

I'm not Navajo, so this will definitely be a "Navajo-inspired" tapestry. I like the graphics of the Second-Phase Chief Blanket. Since I'm not bound by rules, I'm thinking I'll do greens instead of reds. Or-- maybe I'll do eucalyptus reds. (if I can get euc red-- this last pot was a real disappointment.)

I'm babbling, and I realize it. I'll come back and edit this tomorrow, and make it coherent if necessary.

And PICTURES! I will post pictures!


Monday, March 10, 2008


Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster
This is dodder, a parasite that grows in the rainy seasons. It's also called angel's hair, or witch's hair. The Latin name is either Cuscuta subinclusa or Cuscuta californica... I'm not an expert botanist, that's a Google guess.

Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster
And it gives a gorgeous and intense color!

It was a wonderful Dye Day.

The time change is a mixed blessing so far... I still feel like I have jet lag. My usual cure is 1000 micrograms of B12 (Trader Joe's sublingual) and a cup of English Breakfast tea. My favorite is the Dalfour organic. It gives me a lot of get-up-and-go for 4-5 hours. I'm getting over the second dose for today...

Oh. My. Lord.
Originally uploaded by OriginalTwistedSpinster
I'm going to have to take quite a bit of B12 in order to get all this spun, huh. (snicker)

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