Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I have been keeping myself busy carding and spinning wool. I love the new carder...it keeps me supplied with wool batts and rovings...ready to spin at my wish and whim.
This picture shows some 'painted' wool roving. I painted it with kool-aid for dye and was delighted with the results. As it goes through the carder you can see how very blended it became. The color is gorgeous but the corriedale wool used here was not a good quality. It had become wet at a dye workshop and brought home in the trunk...and ended up with the wool becoming matted together. And...a spinner told me on Saturday...Kool-aid 'dye' will wash away gradually until not much color is left. Oh, life is a learning experience!
Isn't this fun? When we were down South at a flea/jockey market I spotted this charming little end table. My husband brought it home with us for only $7.00
This is the first Shetland wool that was carded and blended on my Pat Green wool carder.After spinning it I was so pleased...I just loved the results!
Here it is after being wound on the 'ball-winder'. I was so proud of my idea to make my regular size ball winder into a jumbo one...I taped a tp tube on to the spindle and was able to wind up higher than usual.
This little 'skinny' scarf I'm knitting from the wool is almost done. Its knit on a diagonal pattern and is just dreamy. It actually self-striped itself at the beginning. I'm learning as I go and having a ball.
Right now I am reading this delightful, restful book...'Chestnut Acres' by Carrie Bender. Even though this is a children's series, I love them. This particular book is about the marriage and first farm of newlyweds, Joe and Arie. I just took a Cranberry Prune Cake out of the oven. Only mine is a Prune Cherry Walnut Cake. Sounds good, doesn't it! I've never tried this recipe before but it sure smells good. The sun is shining in, spilling over the keyboard and tabletop....I love this time of day for the sheer beauty of sunshine and shadows. Hope you've had a nice day....
"Lead me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Psalms 25:5