Monday, 28 July 2014

IMAG0782Life has been steady but productive here in Somerset, despite the heat. 

All the fleeces are washed, dried and sorted ready for picking and carding, My Shetland/silk yarn  is coming long slowly, and I have begun to knit again and am finally making headway with the socks and sweater for DH.  He is a big chap and whilst I didn't expect them to grow overnight, actually knitting them helps!  The first lot of Linsey Woolsey is off the loom and actually looks far nicer in real life than in photo form.  Because the linen I used was blue the whole fabric has turned out a deep navy that didn't feel like showing up on camera. 
The alpaca is now dry, fluffy and cuddly and will very soon (as soon as there is an opportunity!) find itself on the rigid heddle. 

IMAG0841But for now, as my Pfaff has returned from it's sojourn at the Pfaff Factory, the mending pile has to come first.  It has just about taken over the workshop and has moved from sometime to NOW! in urgency.  So I have had to pack the fun away and concentrate on the boring stuff. 

I have however made a good start to the latest piece on my loom, some more Linsey Woolsey but in greens.  This is moving on very quickly and I'm very pleased with the way it's turning out. Again it's a woollen warp with a 75/25 linen/silk weft.  It is so pretty and a shame the colour won't play.  It must be something to do with the linen.

Back later, need to go apply patches a large pile of jeans!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Tour de Fleece has fallen out of the window.

IMAG0783IMAG0789I have however spun daily. I have also been dying, sleying my loom and washing fleeces.  More of those at a later date.  The one thing I seem to be unable to do is post for the Tour!  Oh well, I know what I've been doing.  The grey on the bobbin on the right is part of the Shetland dress I am spinning for (yep! still at it), the rainbows in the Dye Pot are hand spun Alpaca which has finally been finished and dyed (as threatened).  It was to be popped on to the rigid heddle as a warp over the weekend but I ran out of time.  By the end of the week with any luck. On the left, these are two of finally 6 hanks made of a mixture of BFL and Corriedale which I shall document properly before the end of the week. (My latest Blog resolution, so we shall see how long that lasts!)

Hope everyone is enjoying the weather (I am hiding indoors, hence the productiveness I suspect).  Back soon.

Friday, 4 July 2014

I, have been Plotting.

IMAG0773IMAG0769Whilst Spinning of course.  And as there has been a lot of tennis, there has been a lot of spinning!  To begin with I have finished the 700gms of Freyalyns Hai Foss for my friend Siggy (left!).  It pretty much spun itself, and whilst the spinning took some time, the plying really didn't for some reason.  It was popped in the post today and I have my fingers crossed that she likes it, but it is Shetland/Silk rovings dyed by Freyalyn and spun by me, what's not to like?  Now whilst spinning this I happened to mention that I was pretty greened out and got challenged.  The reason is this.  Just before I started Siggys 700gms of Hai Foss I had spun 200gms of Hai Foss for me to be plyed with some of the Fernhill Farm Shetland I had, for my knitted dress (right!). This by the way has turned out as a really squooshy Light DK. Ah well, more of the grey to spin and then we shall see. (BTW, a little bird told me that they were shearing the Shetlands up at the farm this week just gone).
IMAG0759IMAG0732IMAG0764So I had plenty of time to plot and come to the conclusion and that actually I really needed a little more colour in my life. The bit in the middle is Freyalyn's Little Heart on Oatmeal BFL and Silk.  The plait about the outside is from Lime Green Jelly and is also BFL.  This has/is being spindle spun in front of the tennis and I hope to finish the singles by the end of the Men's Final.  I considered Navajo plying it all, but after careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that I would lose too much length, so I had a pootle about the workshop and found these.  They are a collection of mini bumps (so cute!) from World of Wool that I popped in the basket whilst buying other things. Now, there is a reason I love these little test packs of natural colours, they are just right for a dark to light warp. (The grey in the foreground is grey Corriedale pencil rovings)and they all spun up like this.  Twice.  I haven't as yet plyed the Colours with it, but will do so the beginning of next week.  In the meanwhile I shall continue plotting whilst spinning.  And then there is the whole Tour de Fleece thing which I haven't tried before but have decided to do this year, as I have the rest of the Shetland to spin and the rest of the everlasting white alpaca - which will be dyed once plyed I feel.  And I also have 3 fantastic, fabulous, and all round finest-kind BFL x Shetland to get to grips with, but more of those later! 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Wimbledon is nearly here.

IMAG0725I've been busy.   No, honestly. For some reason I can't work out, this year's tennis season (for me, that is Roland Garos, Queens, Eastbourne and Wimbledon) has not heralded the need to c/o a new garment to be finished before the last service of the Men's Doubles at W1. In actual fact, I didn't knit at all through the French Open or Queens, which is very odd. Instead, I've been spinning, (a lot).  And sewing, (not as much). I have also been weaving...

IMAG0730I have been spinning a commission for a friend of 700gsm of Freyalyn's Hai Foss, and am now on to bobbin 4 of 4. This, whilst spinning itself, pretty much, has to be concentrated upon as Sigrid deserves perfection.  It is also the year of the alpaca, so a great trug of topped white alpaca has been sitting next to my chair in front of the telly to give my fingers something to do whilst watching Murray loose to Nadal. There has also been alpaca on my Saxony wheel, which will be yarn for a winter dress. And then there is the Turkish Spindle, for more portable spinning.

IMAG0721I am also 3/4 through a vintage Cloth Kits summer dress that I could really do with, and all was ticking along nicely, then my asthma kicked in and my plans for this week (finish dress, weave last metre of Woolsey Linsey etc) were pretty much kicked out. Back to slow, gentle & without having to think for a couple of days. So more spinning really... shame that.