Saturday, April 07, 2012
Well, it all of a sudden dawned on me that I am down to "weeks" not months to prepare for Black Sheep Gathering. It always sneaks up on me. Yikes!! I'm going to visit my friend in Seattle on April 14th for a week. There goes one of my precious weeks. And I have to be completely prepared by the end of the first week of June because I am going to attend the weeklong Shakerag workshops in Tennessee beginning June 10th. When I get home, it's pack the car and head up to Oregon with Miryha. So, it's now serious time. Handpainted rovings in the sink waiting to be rinsed. There's merino/Tibetan yak/silk, and baby camel/merino/silk, and polwarth/silk and merino/silk/angora.
Here are some rovings fresh from the drying rack and ready to be split down into hanks.
And after a long day of standing in my studio, dyeing, I relax in the evening either spinning or knitting. I finished the Adamas shawl that I had been working on. It is really quite lovely and the pictures don't do the colors justice.
The skein I used to knit Adamas was my handspun yarn, using Blarney Yarn "Orchid", a blend of merino/cashmere/angora, and my "Seychelles", a blend of merino/silk/angora. It's got quite a little bloom on it from handling the yarn during knitting. The skein I used was similar to the one below, but slightly different.
Here's a skein of baby camel/merino/silk that I spun using my "Banana Slug" colorway. This is a new fiber blend for me and before I sell something new, I always like to spin some to see how it works out. I love this! Incredibly soft and spins quite easily.Now, back to multi-tasking -- making homemade pasta sauce and handpainting rovings -- running back and forth from studio to kitchen, and a couple loads of laundry.