Stashbusting


I was tidying up the wool cupboards some weeks ago to “make room” for my husband to set up a home office and in the process came across some long forgotten WIPs.  I put them together and am slowly picking them up and finishing them off.  This week I have started on a blanket – it requires one and half panels to be knit then sewing up and I think I can have in done in a couple of weeks if we keep on watching Breaking Bad Season 1.  I am finding this show a bit confronting though so I have to see how I am feeling each time we sit down to watch to make sure I can handle it….

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When I picked up the kids from the bus last night, I noted the joy with which they bounced towards the car.  I know it’s only the first week back but it was still not the normal “getting off the bus” demeanour.  With them in such a good mood I suggested a trip down the street to get the mail hoping that the new blender I ordered would be waiting at the post office – a vain hope as it only got shipped yesterday.  We went to the local bakery and bought a treat and then came home.  I asked them what had been so good about school today and they both said they had a new art teacher (they love their usual teacher but a change is fun) who started a new project with them.  The conversation went like this:

“What was so goo about art today?”, I asked.

“Mum, we had to deconstruct wool and then make something with it”, they tell me.

“Deconstruct wool?”, I ask.

“Yeah, it was so much fun!”, they say.

“What do you mean, “deconstruct wool”?”, I question.

“I’ll show you”, says Sophie pulling a heap of red wool threads from her pocket and producing a lightly felted piece of white wool shaped in a circle.

“Oh”, I say, “You’ve been felting!”.

“Miss B is so good, she’s even made her own hat out of felted wool!”, they tell me.  “I wish we had wool for felting”.

I swear I nearly fell over.

“Mum, do you know how to felt?”.  Incredulously I looked at them both.  I mean, I breastfed these kids while spinning & knitting & felting!  We have a house FULL of yarn & fibre!  I am always knitting or spinning or doing fibre preparation.  Off to the spare room we went & dived into the boxes of yarn & fibre – the shock and joy was beautiful – then into the bathroom we went….

Sophie lamented not enough wool to make a ball & I told her to go grab a handful of wool from the bag on the back verandah.  “What, the wool Rex gave you?”

“Yes!”, I reply.

“There’s so much and there are so many colours in it!”.

Fancy finding two children who love wool living under my and fancy living in a house full of fibre!  I had better send some in to school next week!

I am still shaking my head, “I wish we had wool”……..IMG_2667 IMG_2668 IMG_2669 IMG_2671 IMG_2672 IMG_2673 IMG_2674 IMG_2675

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It would have been better all one colour but, hey, it’s a dishcloth & it used up some random stash!

A finished spinning project! I can hardly believe I have finished something.

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Fibre: IXCHEL Bunny Fibre Club July 2013

Metres: 725ft = 220.98m (not sure why I got a yarn measure thingy that measures in feet!)

WPI:~14-15

Plan: Who knows – I wan’t too impressed with the yarn on the bobbin – the colours as singles were stunningly beautiful (I think I should have navajo plyed them) but the family all like it – Pete suggested maybe a scarf, I’m thinking some gloves might be nice. The yarn is a pleasure to touch – soft & enticing. Any suggestions?

My insistent model!

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The last few months have been about getting though full-time work, sock knitting and a little spinning.

At the moment I have been working on this:

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It’s the batts I photographed a on my very first Fibre Friday and I am working on this fibre in a stashbusting effort.  I was planning on spinning this reasonably fine so I could use it for socks but my concentration laspes and my default spinning is about 16 WPI so I am not sure how it has come out.  I  found this to be a slow project but only because so little time was actually allocated for it even though I really wanted to get it spun up and off the bobbins so I could start the plum overdyed coloured fibre from a few months ago.  Also, I wanted the bobbins tidied up to ready to take the second half of the IxCHel Bunny Fibre Club instalment from the first month (last Fibre Club – not the current one!).

A Bobbin Full

 

 

It’s been a busy week with the commencement of a new job but fibre is my peace.  I spent a bit of time last week dyeing up some Hornfels Ridge Corriedale which was partially an experiment and partially a desperate attempt to get me processing more fibre.

These were my dyeing attempts, both used the same undyed grey/brown fleece – scoured in Morning Fresh:

Hand Dyed Coloured Corriedale

Landscape Dyes = “Daintree”

 Hand Dyed Coloured CorriedaleExhaust dyeing = Landscape Dyes A Mixture of Reds/Pinks/Blues

I even managed to make up some batts on the drum carder, the photos are over exposed as they are the same colour as the fibre above:

Drum carded Corriedale

Approx. 180gms Dyed Coloured Corriedale Batts

I really, really want one.

Surely a Picker would make my bulk fleeces a dream to drum card?  Does anyone have any experience with a Picker?  I used one once, before I really knew anything about fibre, at the Guild, but someone had left it in a terrible state of blue fluff and that was such a long time ago now…

I listened to the latest Cast On the other day and was both pleased and inspired to hear Brenda or Amy say that they thought there should be more over dyeing of coloured fleeces.  My intention for the week ahead is to dye some of the grey fleece and see how it comes up, if it’s any good I am going to drum card it and put it on Etsy.  I have “my” stock agent on the lookout for a white Corriedale Ram to diverisfy the genetics at Hornfels Ridge and maybe even throw some white sheep down the track.

On the knitting front I have progressed quite well with the socks and I have picked up Blank Canvas in the hope that I will get the ribbing done by the end of next week.  No photos this week as we have gone over our monthly data usage and I just don’t have the patience to wait on uploads.

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