Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tour de Fleece Highlights

The rain is here. Finally. The grass and gardens have become tinder dry, and it has been disgustingly hot. We got a few nice breezy days, but the heat is making me feel like a dried up slug, with tread marks on it from being run over by a monster truck.

I have no energy. We need to head right to September. And my fleece is all clean and fresh smelling.

I took part in my first Tour de Fleece. Here are some highlights of the tour:

This is some chunky Falkland in "Chevalier" - all fiber is by Fat Cat.

This is Polwarth "Wayfarer"- notice how the petunias pick up the color?

I spun 4 braids of Polwarth "Wizard Island"- and after plying this I ran out of steam. I watched everyone bypass me as I was in the ditch. But I had alot of fun, and amazing yarns for knitting.

I am knitting a top-down cardigan that I found on this blog- and this is the Sweet Tortie. Wonderful colors, amazing yarn- I am in love.

I've purchased a couple of books. This one I would consider "The Holy Tome" of fiber books, as it has all the information you are ever likely to need. Pictures, sources, how to spin and handle different fibers from wool, to Yak, to cat hair. Highly recommended, and well priced.

For pure aesthetic pleasure, this book is not as comprehensive, but oh, the sheepy delights of British Wool breeds. There are a few that made me wish I could have a small spinner's flock- somewhat dampened by actually having washed a fleece. All the same, I love this.

Kitten Chow sees no sense in spinning cat hair. He finds it absurd.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Llama Walk

It is mid July, and not surprisingly, it's what I call "Woofy weather"- something about Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Well, the humidex will be into the '50's this week, which is darned hot in anyone's language.

So what do you do in such weather? You wash fleece.

This is an 8lb Coopworth/Border Leicester/Corriedale natural colored fleece. I have been washing it in lingerie bags, small sections at a time. Sadly, Kramer wasn't sheared nicely, and was full of second cuts and major VM, so I gave up on it. This one is much nicer and will comb out beautifully.

I did finish my Foliage shawl- just have to block it. Handspun is much denser and heavier than millspun- this little shawl is heavy.

I will share this picture that my sister sent me- her friend was in Ottawa, and got up close to the Duchess. In the back, you can see that putz Stephen Harper. I bet they weren't there to see him.

On our weekly walk in High Park, we saw the zoo staff taking the Llama's for a stroll. I had to do a double take.

I asked if I could pat them, and he said not while they were walking them. They get nervous around the fountains-but they are well behaved, and the babies are in the back.

"LLama walking- people are silly"

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pass The Woolite

Hell0 again- I'm going to be spending alot of time in the laundry room.

It's hot. It's sticky. And I have a raw sheep fleece on my floor. It's pretty dirty and smelly, but I love it. The sheep's name is "Kramer" and he's a Border Leicester- looks like this:

I love the ears. Such a handsome animal. My fleece weighs almost 7lbs, so they're big too.

This is "Fudgy the Whale"- and I have some of her beautful wool roving.

I've been knitting my handspun Foliage shawl- now I just need to add the border.

The favorite niece passed through Heathrow, and scored some special Twinings Wedding Edition tea.

Kitten Chow is a bit narked because I won't allow him to roll in the fleece.