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The Wool Report

Just over 3 months ago I sheared the first of the boys.

So, I thought it was about time to  talk about how the fleece processing is going!

Today, I just finished washing up the last of Franklin/Felix (they got jumbled together).

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So now I’ve got a whole smorgasbord of homegrown Shetland fleece to work with!

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And I’ve already got some of it spun up-

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Of the five fleeces, Griff and Edgar are the best for drum carding. Good length, but not super long, not much veg.

Chone’s fluffy texture is good for drum carding, but he’s the veggie boy, so I’ll probably have to flick card or comb most of it first.

Frank and Felix are pretty darn long. The length is good for combing, but it separates out the longer fibers from the shorter ones , and I’d prefer to keep them all together for the most part, so I’ve been flick carding and spinning from the lock. I really like spinning that way.

Realized after I took the other yarn picture that I was missing a two ply skein of Felix that I spun early on-

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Frank has already made an appearance in the (primarily) Huey Oregon vest-

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But he’s the only guy who’s made his way into a project at this point.

I may need to use a little bit of Chone to finish off my current stashbuster sweater (I’m getting really close!)

He’s told me that he’s ready to pinch hit if I need him.

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What a swell guy 🙂

June 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm 2 comments

Works (still) in Progress

I know I shouldn’t let it get to me, but I am always uneasy when I have too many projects hanging out unfinished.

Don’t get me wrong- The Stashbuster Raglan is going well,

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Quite well, actually. That guy is the least of my concerns.

I still have ends to weave and zipper to install in the Huey/Franklin Oregon Vest…..

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It’s lovely. And I want to wear it. But there’s that dang zipper to sew in.

And diving back further into project history is the PREVIOUS stashbuster raglan!

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Dag. I love this sweater too. Its just hard to get back in the groove with that colorwork on the sleeves.

Then there is the “never was a clearly defined project in the first place, but I ought to turn it into something” category-

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Its about 38″ long, 9″ wide strip of brioche stitch. I’m taking suggestions what it might want to be.

And also a bear without a face.

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These little guys never look like much until they have eyes and a nose.
Then I have to do a little White Sox logo on his sweater.

Wish me luck.

May 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Off the Needles, On the Needles

Huey and Franklin vest, ABZ (all but zippered):

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And a new top-down raglan cast-on poolside in Miami:

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Also got a start on some splashy socks:

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that also got their start on vacation.

But I tell you what- I just found this book, and it might have changed my whole outlook on footcoverings-

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Cat Bordhi is a sock genius. Truly.

I can’t wait to give this new technique a try…. but I guess I’ve got to do the matcher for this little guy first.

April 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm 1 comment

Ovine Artifacts

Cleaning out the sheep shed today and found a couple of objects of interest in the sofa cushions, so to speak-

Felix’s recently shed mini-horn.

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What I find so interesting about this is that it’s all hollow inside- where there was another little horn right behind it. That’s kind of neat. It did bleed some, though. That’s how I’d noticed that he’d lost it Friday morning.

And someone’s regurgitated CoSeCure bolus.

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Dang.
So I’m only 4 for 5 (as far as I know).
No telling who coughed it up. Oh well.

Have made fairly good progress on the vest this week, but it became very clear by the time that I finished the fronts

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that I wasn’t going to have enough Huey left for the whole back.

So, off I went to the stash to see what might work.

Among all the skeins of handspun that I have hanging around, I have a few that would have been a nice color complement, and another couple that might have worked texture-wise, but nothing that was the right weight.

Amazing.

Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

The solution: Back to the wheel!

Texture-wise, I figured that Frank’s long, wavy rear-end fleece would probably be the best match.
My thinking- spin the long silky locks into a nice low-twist single, that I could then chain ply into a soft, lofty aran-weight yarn.

Thankfully, I already had a batch washed up!

And I think that the creamy white looks really sporty with the caramel-y Huey hues.

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That’s a solid base hit to center, scoring Huey from third.

Way to go Frank!

April 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm 4 comments

The Shape of Knits to Come

So, it occurred to me that I really haven’t posted anything about knitting projects in a while.

And that’s because I really haven’t been doing much knitting lately. Been pretty focused on the sheepers and the fleeces.

So, I decided I needed to knit another Oregon Vest.

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I already have one Oregon vest, and it is one of my favorite handknits. I wear it all the time.
I’ve been meaning to knit another one for a while. So, I’m finally getting around to it.

This one will be primarily Huey. I’d like for it to be entirely Huey,, but I’m not sure I have enough left. So I’ll find something else complementary in the stash to finish it off if need be.

So, there’s that in the works.

And then I just looked in on Brooklyn Tweed yesterday, and found the sweater that I’ve been meaning to design for myself!
Brownstone is all I’ve been wanting in a pullover- shawl collar, raglan shoulder, in-the-round construction.
Hurray for Jared!
I’m lovin’ the idea of a Griff Brownstone. Destined to become a wardrobe staple.

Don’t have any Griff samples spun up yet, but he’s about half washed, so he’ll be on the bobbin soon! And it’s dreamy stuff.

Here are first skeins of Felix/Franklin and Edgar, both approximately sport weight-

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I’m also kind of itchin’ to make some more of those cute Estonian Sheep Puppets that appeared in Spin-Off a couple of years ago.

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Perhaps one like each of the boys?

April 3, 2011 at 9:10 pm 6 comments


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Who? Denise

Where? Skagit County, Washington

Why: To share my spinning and knitting adventures with other wool loving folk.

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