ADVENTURES IN WOOL
With the acquisition of my spinning wheel (I’ve named her Violet) last week, I inherited a bag – make that a sealed bag – of wool, unwashed, unpicked and really, really greasy with what must be lanolin. First time experience with raw wool. It smelled very sheepy – not a bad smell, just……sheepy. So, I did what anyone would do. I went on YouTube to see what you do with raw wool to make it spinnable and eventually, knittable. I washed it good with the recommended Dawn dish detergent; remember: Dawn takes grease out of your way, which it does and then rinsed it and ran it through the spin cycle a couple of times. Lucky for you, I documented its transformation.
Just out of the sealed bag, unwashed
After first wash, rinse and spin
After another rinse and spin, then out into the sun to dry
I’ll start carding it tonight, to hopefully begin its change from a fleece into sock yarn. I’m completely convinced that you can learn anything by checking out YouTube. Amazing.
Mr. Iknead is still firm on his NO SHEEP policy. Won’t even talk about it.
GREEN GROWING THINGS
A couple of my begonias are blooming and a couple more that I’d pretty much given up on have decided to perk up and promise more blooms. My mom loved begonias and I suppose that’s rubbed off a little. I love these colors –
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it. Horace Mann
I’M SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT
OK, so I’ve been lusting after a spinning wheel, putting a little money back every now and then and doing a lot of window shopping online. Then, yesterday, I found out that a lady who worked where I used to work had a spinning wheel and was wanting to sell it. She and I e-mailed back and forth, she sent me some pics and now, as of 5:00 p.m., I have a wheel and not just any wheel, an Ashford Traveller! Here in the south, it’s considered bad manners to talk about money, much less bragging (that’s what I was taught, anyway), but without stating the amount, it was less than half of what I thought I’d have to pay for one. Isn’t she beautiful???
Pay no attention to the fact that I’ve never used a wheel before, hopefully, I’ll catch on pretty quick. Isn’t that what YouTube is for?
ON THE NEEDLES
I’ve been so excited about the new wheel, I almost let this WIP Wednesday get away from me, but here’s my WIPW offering this week –
Ruffle Tank, using the Knit One Crochet Too Kettle Tweed I named My Destin-E.
and last, but not least
BY THE BOOK
My current book in progress is Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga and I’m loving it! Very quirky, just like I like it.
Here’s to learning new skills!
I almost forgot – I’m linking with Tami’s and Frontier Dreams today.
A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again. Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
isn’t getting any better today. Another round, worse than yesterday’s, is predicted for this afternoon and evening. The radar is starting to get busy and I suppose I can put off grocery shopping one more day. DD posted a video of the flooding in her neighborhood in Fayetteville on Youtube. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7qHjL5AI1I.
As for knitting, I absolutely will have a WIP Wednesday post. In fact, I’m off to a “photo shoot” at this very moment. (yeah, right)
Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. Erica Jong