Getting Ready for the Fairs
September is always a busy month. Getting the children back to school, a little fall cleaning and getting ready for the Fall Fairs. I will be bringing my Angora blends to the processor today for processing and I thought that you might like to see a little of the process of getting angora from the rabbit to your spinning wheel. First I start with the rabbit.........have you ever seen a bunny sporting a tutu?? Harvey, (Nordic Harvest Moon) is sporting a lovely tutu for us to see...LOL. Sometimes I will stop for a few hours at this point, if the rabbit is getting fidgety, but Harvey is a veteran at this and doesn't mind getting a complete haircut in one session. From there it goes into the sink
to be wetted down, for dyeing. Angora is very water resistant, so it needs to soak for a few hours if possible, to get all of the fibers wetted. A little dishdetergent added to it, helps soak up the water. From there it goes to the dyepot and from the dyepot, it goes out into the yard
for some drying time in the sun. Then it is on to the processors to be blended with some soft wool........and the finished product will look something like this....
After dyeing angora, I took a drive to the new LYS. Woolie For Ewe, was having their grand opening event
A few friends of mine, Roberta and Cindy were spinning out in front of the store, while another group of ladies were enjoying the very comfortable rocking chairs that are set up in a circle, knitting away on various projects.
We have gone from an area with no LYS, to having 2 fairly new ones right here in town and of course, Patternworks is only a 30 minute drive now. :-)))))) Knitting has become so popular again, that it is so nice to finally have good yarn stores within reasonable driving distance.
September 11th is my birthday. It is also a day of such great sadness here in this country. It has been very difficult to get excited about my birthday over the last few years as there is always that sense of feeling a bit guilty celebrating on a day when others are remembering their lost loved ones. My family and friends have been very kind in helping me enjoy my day. My parents had a small birthday party for me last night . DH and daughters gave me this lovely picture. If you look closely, you will see the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the picture. In many of these old pictures, you will find a small toy spaniel in them. For a long time, they only belonged to Royalty in England and were often found in paintings.
Tonight we will gather with some friends for a lobster bake, as they know how much I love and miss living at the ocean. Those will be fun pictures for tomorrow....LOL.