Sleek sky of cobalt blue;
Water like nectar satisfies deeply.
Air sweeter than the best perfume;
Sunlight warms a grateful cat.
The sun is finally shining in New Hampshire!! Thank Goodness!! I can honestly say, that I can't ever remember such a rainy spring, but the last few days have been delightfully warm and sunny. It is nice to see people smiling again~
I have been out straight busy, getting ready for the Fiber Frolic next weekend. Given that I lost what I was going to bring with me, I have frantically fired up the dye pots. Because I am a bit thin on angora right now, I am making 20% angora/ 80% merino balls, instead of my usual 40% angora blends..
Because I sell my wool by the ounce, I carefully weigh the wool and then the angora to the proper blend per ounce and then feed it into the carder. I set the speed at a very slow speed and by doing that, I am only having to pass it thru once with this blend. With the higher angora amounts, it really does require 2 passes to blend it properly.
This is one of the things that I love most about this carder. The roving attachment........which is just a glorified diz..LOL. At first I thought...geez......this will be so much work, pulling it off of the drum with a diz. However, the big drum is a free moving drum, which makes it extremely easy to diz off of it.
With just a little effort and a few minutes, I am able to pull off these nicely prepared rovings
Although, there are some amongst us that are not fans of green........next to paprika, it is my favorite here.......so being green this time is a good thing for me :-))
I also want to say, just how wonderful I think you all are! The other day when I was feeling so bummed out about what happened to all of my fiber, your notes really made me smile........and I was astonished at just how quickly those pilled up rovings sold.
After I pulled out the wool from the dye pots, I tossed in a few skeins of merino silk yarn to see how it would dye and I was very pleased with how it came out. Dyeing yarn, has never been a strong suit for me......somehow I usually botch it up, because I don't leave it alone. This time I resisted the temptation to poke at it and I am happy with how it looks. Maybe I will try to get some more finished for the fair
Life is busy right now..........but it is such a wonderful kind of busy!