I am one of those storytellers who apparently does not tell stories in strict chronological order. I haven’t posted the second half of my Sock Summit adventures, nor have I finished telling you tales of my stay in California. I think, sometimes, a story needs time to ripen, or an experience needs time to be mulled over, before it gets told and more or less put into the concrete that is the written word.
All of that is maybe really just a nice way of saying: Hey. I’ve been busy, OK? (laugh)
Well, well. Look who’s here…it’s the GIVEAWAY LLAMA!
Giving me a bit of a smooch there, she is.
Last spring I went to the Cummington Sheep & Wool Festival in Massachusetts, and I had a wonderful time hanging out with friends, watching the sheep, and talking to vendors. One of the vendors, Rows Red of Bittersweet Woolery insisted that I choose a skein of her hand-dyed laceweight as a giveaway treat for you lovely readers. And here is what I chose:
That’s 875 yards of lovely 80/20 merino/silk laceweight in the colourway “Avalon”, with love to you from me and Rows Red!
To enter the drawing for the yarn, leave a comment on THIS POST by Sunday night at midnight EST. Monday morning, I’ll use Ye Olde Random Numbre Generator to choose one of the comments, and that person wins the yarn. WOOT!
Batts in the Belfry
I’ve been playing with my drumcarder (Strauch Finest, love it) more than usual lately, and last night I made some of the prettiest ones yet. I started with a braid of hand-dyed merino from Diane of Schafenfreude Fibers; then added some bombyx silk from Chasing Rainbows in blues and greens, and some tussah silk in purples from Robin Russo of The Spinning Studio. I divided the braid and the silks into 6 batches of a little over 21 grams each:
Then, I fed each batch to my drumcarder–twice.
Results (the best batt IMHO):
And the first three all together:
Then, I decided to add more purple to the last 3 batches so that they have about twice as much purple in them as the other three.
OK, so I’m obviously still practicing what I learned in Franklin Habit’s Photography class at Sock Summit. I went and bought some lights, and getting the colours right is really hard! The middle photo is the least accurate of the three, methinks, at least on my monitor.
I wanted a colour that would echo the inside of an abalone shell:
And I think I got pretty close. Hence, the batts are called Abalone, and I really love them. They ended up being about 80% Merino, 20% silk, give or take.
There’s still big streaks of unblended silk in each batt after two passes through the carder. I have to decide if that’s what I want or if I want another pass to blend it all more thoroughly. Opinions?
And how do you feel about me adding a bit of sparkly stuff, just a wee bit?
Tim says he doesn’t care about the Abalone batts because he’s too busy guarding the Shetland fleece that Lynn gave me for my birthday.
The pillowcases contain clean unprocessed fleece, and the plastic baggies contain batts.
But the story of the Shetland fleece is a story for another day.
Don’t forget to leave a comment for the Giveaway Llama!
We haven’t done these in a while…
Wondrously tiny sculptures. And I mean REALLY TINY, as in they are each made in the eye of a needle.
A crafty security camera. (It’s crocheted. And yes, you can mount it and everything.)
How to make Darth Vader out of a carrot. (You’ve always wanted to know this, right?)
And finally, and quite inexplicably: A TARDIS corset. For those intimate moments with your own Doctor…