Sunday, May 12, 2013
Happy Mother's Day!
Well, I would be remiss if I didn't wish all of my wonderful women friends a Happy Mother's Day. It seems that the women I hang with are all some of the best moms I have ever known and have raised to adulthood some great young people; some of my friends still have little ones and they are also doing a great job. This is the beautiful succulent arrangement one of my sons and his girlfriend made for me for M's Day. My other son and his girlfriend gave me a cool stand for my iPad mini when I'm following a downloaded recipe.
So I have been in a spinning mode lately. Once Miryha and I decided we were just going to relax and enjoy Black Sheep Gathering this year, rather than have a booth, oh my gosh, it opened up a whole new concept of extra time on my hands. That meant time to weave, knit, felt and spin. I have been treadling away and having so much fun -- spinning some of those rovings I have been eyeing, especially the stash of batts from Inglenook Fibers that I am sad to say is now dwindling. These two skeins were spun using two of Macrina's batts called "Rosie O'Grady" that I plied with my rovings of Polwarth/Silk called "Mon Amie". One skein has 482 yards, and weighs 4.7 oz. and the other skeins has 662 yards and weighs 6.3 oz. 1,144 yards of pure delight.
Here's another skein I have recently spun using a roving I randomly dyed in merino/yak/silk that I plied with one of my Blueface Leicester/Silk rovings in "Sargasso Sea". This skein has 330 yards and weighs 2.9 oz.This skein in a combination of one of my Polwarth/Silk rovings in the "Queen of Hearts" colorway, plied with one of Miryha's Blarney Yarn Polwarth rovings called "Sour Apples". 344 yards, 3.5 oz.
And finally, I had the time to card and spin the fleece I purchased at the Taos Wool Festival a couple of years ago. The fleece was from Myrtle Dow of Black Pines Ranch in Colorado and was a 75% Wensleydale and 25% "surprise". The fleece was mostly cream colored but had some areas of oatmeal. I have three skeins: 412 yards, 5.8 oz.; 390 yards, 5.3 oz., and 448 yards, 5.8 oz. 1,250 yards, and I actually still have 5 oz. left to spin.All of these skeins are fingering weight yarns (my favorite to knit with) and were spun on my Majacraft Rose wheel.
I'm currently spinning two of my Blueface Leicester rovings, which I plan to ply together. Those are "Cinco de Mayo" (yes, dyed on that day) and "Northwoods". It will be fun to see what they look like plied -- the beauty and surprise of plying two different colorways together.
We've got hot, hot weather today so I plan on a long Mother's Day walk down at the beach. In a few weeks, I'll be off to Sewanee, TN, with my friend, Margie, to take a weeklong Shakerag workshop on natural dyeing with Rebecca Burgess, author of Harvesting Color. I can hardly wait to have my annual Shakerag experience and to share it with my friend.