updates…some yarn, my picker, what else?

Hey.  I’m recovering from the birthday party of my 8-year old son and then a trip to Cincy to the Zoo.  Both were fun.  Little boys can be so gross.  My own are not so bad (I’m sure this is true for every mom), but a whole bunch of them in one place?  With food?  🙂

I was working on the Anytime Wrap and really enjoying the yarn, the colors, the lace pattern (not to blow my own horn, since I spun and dyed the yarn, lol), but I ran out of yarn and had to stop.  I knew I would, but I wasn’t ready with the next skein yet.  I had gotten all the singles spun up (or at least enough for a second skein–I haven’t calculated yet if it will be enough for the whole wrap!  I told you I wasn’t a technical knitter, spinner), but hadn’t plied the yarn and then there is the WAITING while the finished yarn DRIES after being washed/set.  I finished plying it last night while I watched Castle on tv (I LOVE Nathan Fillion!  I admit it!).  Washed it, even though it was past my bedtime, squeezed it out as best I could in a towel and hung it up.  Today it has been fair and sunny, so I hung it out in the sun on my porch.  It is almost dry!  Tomorrow I can knit with it!

I ordered the Lil Dynamo box picker from Kaydessa on Etsy and it came yesterday while we were at the library storyhour.  So, I played with that a little before I finished my plying.  The jury is still out.  I am not sure how much faster it is going to be than handpicking, as it is not very BIG and I had to put the blog of wool back through several times.  I am not sure if I need to put in MORE wool or less.  Need to experiment more with it.  I am particularly curious how it will do with the VERY VM-y parts of the fleece that I set aside from the rest.  If it does a decent job with those parts, I guess it will be worth the money.  I like to save those parts of the wool for demos, etc, where the thing the kids or whomever spins is gonna go right in the garbage in a few minutes anyhow–no sense in wasting good yarn!

I am still crocheting the hippie vest.  Have decided (I am very bad at largish projects, apparently) that there is NO WAY I will have enough yarn for that, either.  And it is handspun.  And I don’t have more of that particular roving.  I have one ball of the yarn left and one ball of single (it is three-browns variegated fairly randomly).  I am considering plying that ball with a single of white, then using the other matching ball, then finishing in either white or a similar handspun which will need to be created after purchasing similar roving.  Got it at the Sheep Shed Studio–which is great, but they ship UPS and that means I really need to buy at least 3 lbs of wool or I am just throwing away money on shipping.  Like I think I just did with Little Barn–I ordered three 8 oz bags of fiber and then got a refund for one of them, but now I’ll be paying $9-something to have one pound of fiber sent to me.  I emailed them about making a substitution, but they haven’t gotten back to me yet.  Sigh.  Maybe it will go well.  I went to Little Barn because I wanted some Ecospun (recycled soda bottles–wanna try that in a blend) and Tencel (ooh, so pretty mixed with wool!).  They also had BFL, which I wanted to try.

Still working on batik t-shirts.  Just got a new boxful of blank drawstring bags.  Still working on some science standardized test items.  Have Cub Scouts tonight–I think we are going on an Urban hike–must decide best route.

Our Guild’s first baby in ages was born the other day!

The lady who runs Phat Fiber had an inland hurricane come right by her house!  Ack!  She is fine, her house is fine.  Power and utilities are pretty messed up.  She says the Phat Fiber boxes (this concerns me, hmmm, because I have sent samples to go in them!) will still be sent out this month and go on sale on Etsy on Saturday!

One Response to “updates…some yarn, my picker, what else?”

  1. Sue L. Says:

    You have had your Lil’Dynamo for a close to two years. Was it worth it on the fleece that had a lot of vegetable matter?

    I have been picking a merino/targee fleece for months and have started on an alpaca fleece. Comb and carder don’t really help get rid of the chaff and vegetable matter. Please let me know what you think about your picker. Thank you so much.


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