Sunday, August 24, 2008


Finished! Met my goal and spun the Sandalwood, twelve ounce and also spun up seven ounces of my Columbia fleece. Not sure what is next in the line-up as I have this month's Chameleon Colorworks and the lovely camel merino blend that I bought at Village Handweavers on the trip to Monterey.

Used the new drumcarder to card the leavings from my combing efforts and have felted up some fabric that I plan to try some dye experiments next weekend. I also want to get started dyeing up the balance singles for my conference project. I am having dental surgery on Thursday and hope that it won't get in the way of my plans.

Total August spinning = 19 ounces

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Thursday, August 21, 2008


This was the prize for saving all those quarters and driving to Monterey--my lovely new drum carder. I haven't had much time yet to play but that will come. Though did try some of the wonky bits of Columbia that I have been combing and it worked great.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Twelve ounces of Ashland Bay Sandalwood that had been languishing in the stash for over two years--the price tag indicated it even if the memory did not. I ended up with 1100+ yards and may do a stole with this. There are so many projects in the queue that who can be certain how it will end up.

This was my Olympic spin for peace fiber and spun in memory of Ruth Schooley, spinner extraordinare.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Eight ounces of Chameleon Colorworks Fiber of the month in the colorway Stonewashed spun up into a little over 725 yards. I have misplaced the label but think that this is a merino bamboo blend. It spun up very easily and will most likely find its way into a Christmas gift.

Another fiber of the month, this one is Veridian and the lovely sheen is due to the fact that this fiber is Optim. Lovely to spin, wonderful to
touch and nice to knit with. I am thinking about combining this with another Chameleon colorway September for a lacy sweater. I only had four ounces of it and am busy swatching up an idea, so have yet to photo it. Obviously I will need more of both to knit up enough fabric to cover this body and will have to do some serious math to figure it out. A sweater in Optim seems like a wonderful luxury but too warm for California. I am hoping that a nice open lace pattern will help overcome that obstacle.

Lastly the white in the bag is a pile of balance singles that I spun up for
what I hope will be fun project a la Kathryn Alexander. More on that
later after I get the dyeing underway.

Spinning total for July = 20 ounces

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Monday, August 18, 2008


While I finished knitting this a couple of weeks ago, it took some time to get around to blocking it. Since this is a very large shawl I had to do it in two parts which was a bit tricky. But the end result was worth it.

This was done in a two ply cashmere and is very soft and lovely to the touch. However since it is so lacy and the yarn seems delicate, I wonder if I will ever have the courage to wear it. If I wasn't saving money for SOAR, I would have to make a visit to the neighbor who sells this yarn and get some more for the stash

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Thursday, August 14, 2008


This is too funny! This poor soul, judging from her current physical condition and the position of her hands, should just frog this project and start on something. (I lifted it from another blog and can't claim credit for it.)

Still no photos of spinning but there has been lots going on. In July 20 ounces were spun and plied and this month there has been about eight so far.

I am off tomorrow for points north and will stop in Solvang for a look see. Who knows maybe a drum carder will jump in my car and come home with me.

Sunday, August 10, 2008


It's been way too long since my last post. I had set the goal of two a month for the summer, but it seems not to be. Though it's not due to a lack of work to share, just a lack of photos. Lots of spinning this summer. Hope to pick up the camera later this week. It's my Sunday to work and I am not doing anything other than that today.

you are darkturquoise

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is brighter than most people's. You like the idea of influencing things for the better and find hope in situations where others might give up. You're not exactly a bouncy sunshine but things in your world generally look up.
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