Amy's Flickr photostream of the fair. My Sonnet sweater won reserve grand champion in the handspun/handknit division. My work schedule didn't permit me to attend this year, but what a gift Flickr photostreams are to those on the receiving end. I told her that her wonderful pictures brought the experience home to me and made me cry. She apologised - no apology necessay.
I kicked off my two-week vacation yesterday by spending several hours at Mim's, processing stuff on her electric Patrick Green Supercard. This is a blend of hoggit Ramboullit, Alpaca and bunny. These two bats weight two ounces. I see a lace scarf it their future.
Laura brought us some sari silk loom waste from Woodland Wool-
works last Christmas. I found it yesterday morning getting stuff ready to take to Mim's so I grabbed it and what I thought was Coopworth/Salish locks but instead was Border Leicester - not what you'd think of when you think of blending silk. We cut 2" lengths of two colors of the silk and then ran them and the locks through the carder a couple of times to get this. Again, it's about two ounces of fluff. I left the sari silk with Mim - I'm not sure I could find it a second time.
This morning on my second day of vacation, I sat on the deck in the cool of the morning and spun this up quickly using long draw. It will probably get knitted into a bag. Warning - the sari silk loom waste is not color fast. Neighbor Tom was helping Ian set up a large hunting tent for our annual Gathering this weekend. He wanted to know if I get calluses from spinning. I showed him how the wheel does the work. Lots of coffee and visiting - it was a great second morning of vacation. I have read the snearing note assigned to "staycations" but I am so excited to get one - finally.
Carol's Alpaca Days
5 hours ago