Friday, December 25, 2009

Our new favorite game

(Thanks, EmBe, for hooking me.)

This is our game from Christmas morning while we had
the Yulelog fire with Christmas music on the TV and
coffee in hand. We discussed the timing for cooking dinner
as we played and made a point of using 'Christmas' words.

Wishing everyone a drama-free Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Spinning BFL

Ashland Bay Natural Colors Blue Face Leicester
(or Blue Faced, if you prefer. I've seen it both ways.)

Fun stuff. I tried my larger whorl and put my drive band on the big wheel to see if I could spin bigger yarn, by bigger I mean not lace or fingering weight, which is normal for me. I acquired one pound, purchased from Heidi at The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble. Love her shop ~ if you get a chance, stop by. She has a weaving annex now, and gives classes.

Three hanks, 647 yards.

Prewashing, it's not so sproiny.After washing: sproiny!
The swatch is worked on 8's, 7's and 6's.

The 8's gave me a nice fabric and there is probably enough yardage for a vest. Or maybe a shawl/wrap. I briefly considered buying another pound but I have plenty of other fibers to spin right now and so I'll just move on. By the way, when I washed the three hanks to set the spin, the water was filthy brown. Not oil, dirt. I have heard that Ashland Bay fibers are processed in China and this may be true, I don't know. I do know that I haven't yet run into fiber quite this dirty. I have also heard that Blue Face (or Faced) Leicester are called that because they look sad, not because their color is blue. I know they aren't blue, but can that 'sad' bit be true? Surely not...

Tuesday, December 08, 2009