My Second Fleece! Finn X East Friesian Lamb

Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Whole Fleece Fleece Scouring Prep

The fancy, fine white merino fleece I bought a ways back is being slowly used as part of a longer term project. And in the meantime, I wanted something for a more short-term project. I dragged J to the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair and got myself this lovely Finn X East Friesian lambswool, $60 for 3.5 lbs. It is definitely a "project fleece." Lots of second cuts and felted bits, but when it's priced the way it is, and with my hobbies being mostly as a screen-break, this seems like a fine trade-off.

Sorting the locks into a gradient

I scoured it using the Washing Fleece Instructions from Sheepspot - Episode 18, and then after drying, proceeded to sort the locks into a gradient for a special project...

Knitting: Golden Hedera Socks

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Golden Hedera Socks Golden Hedera Socks

Decided to start wearing down the yarn stash, so I made these Hedera Socks with a skein of Three Irish Girls Springvale Sock in Bourbon Street. Sorta forgot that my gauge is wack-a-doodedly loose...which may be good for hand strain, but isn't so great for fitting socks! So, now I've got some fancy loose socks, an d a reminder to be careful of measuring my gauge in swatches!

This was a great car-knit over Thankgsgiving Break. I really like sock-knitting for keeping hands busy on road trips and when hanging out with family.

Dog Yarn to Dog Hat!

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Chiengora Hat Chiengora Hat

Turned that dog yarn from the previous post into something useful...a warm, roll-up hat for J.

Chiengora Hat Chiengora Hat

This is PurlSoho's Classic Ribbed Hat sized down ~2 sizes since my yarn was bigger than what was called for. I'm becoming an expert at doing that...

Chiengora - Wool Handspun Yarn Chiengora - Wool Handspun Yarn

The First Dog Yarn!

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Did I save up a bunch of dog fur brushings, clean them, with the intention of spinning them into yarn?

Carding the Chiengora + Wool Fiber Carding the Chiengora + Wool Fiber

Yes. Yes I did.

Premium Chiengora Fiber!

This is 50% chiengora, 50% Romney/Corriedale/Rambouillet X sheep wool. Hand-carded together, and then woollen spun into about a skein of yarn. It's not the sturdiest yarn, but it has quite the halo already! Much like mohair!!

Chiengora - Wool Handspun Yarn Chiengora - Wool Handspun Yarn

Fiber Processing Tool Upgrade: A Drum Carder

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder

Upgrading the fiber tools! I purchased a used Patrick Green Drum Carder that immediately needed a new drive belt. Much cheaper to make them yourself with a heat gun!

Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder

Can't wait to get this buddy goiing with some new fibers!

Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder Replacing the Drive Band on a Drum Carder

A Handspun Alpaca Shawl

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Alameda Handspun Alpaca Shawl Alameda Handspun Alpaca Shawl

The Alameda Shawl Recipe is perfect for handspun - you can shorten the shawl depending on how much yarn you've made!

Handspun Alpaca Yarn Handspun Alpaca Yarn

This lovely lace shawl is made from some handspun alpaca fiber that I got on a New York Fiber tour from an alpaca farm. Lovely stuff! The finished object makes a sweet little neck kerchief as well. Super toasty though!

Alameda Handspun Alpaca Shawl Alameda Handspun Alpaca Shawl

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