Monday, November 23, 2009

Return to blogland

I seemed to have disappeared from my cyber world in the last year. Nursing school is finished, I have a full time job as an ER nurse and I love it! Life is full and very busy with three kids and a full time job.
I do manage to find time to play with my wool, and my needlefelting supplies business is starting to take off. It is all word of mouth and mostly local for now as that is all I can handle, but it gives me great reason to dye alot of wool in interesting colors.

My reentry into blogland comes from a need to share my new beautiful tool...

It is a Jensen Tina original in black walnut and finished with three coats of walnut oil. I have wanted this wheel for a long time and ordered it in June. It just arrived last week as Mr. Jensen takes the summers off to fish. My friend Kristin has one I have been coveting and now we can spin on our Tina's together!!

I did finally make it to Rhinebeck this year, now that I have a job and can take a weekend off without feeling guilty leaving the kids behind with my husband. It was such a great time. I took a spinning exotic fibers class and have a lot of new fun fiber to spin.
One last little note (not so little anymore) that has taken up an immense amount of the whole family's time...

This is Maggie and she was born on June 22nd. She is a lab, shepard, rottweiler mix and full of fun and energy. She LOVES the kids and has fit right into our world of chaos. She is recovering from a broken leg right now but still as happy as pie and up to no good!
Hope to have some fiber goodness to post soon.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Wool, wool, wool

After my last post, my friend, Laura, wrote and asked about the three bags of wool I had acquired. I made a contact with a local man who raises Shetland sheep to train his dogs. We talked and he gave me three bags full-one black fleece, one brown fleece and one gray. I skirted the black, which is a beautiful rich color and it is getting cleaned and carded as we speak and the other two are next in line.

Skirting fleece is quite a project. It takes me a long time and I get really particular, probably more than I need to. I am getting the fleeces cleaned and carded at Tunbridge Wool Works, a local solar and wood powered facility.

The next picture is the first fleece I skirted and had processed at the wool works. It is a Jacob fleece and I love how it the batt is still striped and shows the color variation within the fleece. I have not spun Jacob before and it feels like it will be a little coarser than I am used to...we'll see.

I am still dying and very rapidly making my way through the pounds of white roving I have. I am working on getting my etsy account to sell roving and handspun as well as needle felting supplies. This wool was dyed and spun with the final product in mind. I think there is too much blue but I need to knit it up and see how close it comes to my vision.

I don't have much knitting content to show but I was really busy before Christmas. I made felted slippers for my whole family (five pairs!) and made the boys and my husband all matching cabled hats. My daughter got a nice light pink cashmere hat. I also finished last semester finals and worked alot over my school vacation. Each member of the family (not including myself) was ill over the break and one of my kids ended up with pneumonia so I was nurse at work and nurse at home.
We went to visit my parents for the holidays and I went to Knit Happens in Alexandria, Virgina. They have local dyers and I found a new (to me) dyer. This sock is the product, so far, of a local No. Va. dyer. I hope to get the other sock finished before winter is over!