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Spinning: Still spinning the Manx Loaghton. I have spun 11 skeins, 1,116 yards, or 22 ounces, of a 2 pound bag of roving. This spinning project is going to be in the works for a while.
Cast on a Socks for Mark using Weird Sisters Wool Emporium fingering weight called Luke in colorway Mermaids of the Black Lake. I realized there are 328 yards, so for the heels and toes I bought a skein of Dream in Color Yarn fingering called Mini Smooshy in the colorway As A Bird.
Lincoln spinning on the Wyatt Norwegian wheel. It’s a double drive wheel so I’m getting used to the more finicky system. So far I have two skeins finished and more singles on the bobbins.
New knitting project Central Park West shawl by Chic and Regal Knits. Using The Fiber Co. Acadia in cranberry, Jack pine, and orange storm colorways.
I did a little work on the Adult Layette shortie socks using leftovers from my Rachel pullover. I already have a hat out of leftovers so the socks will complete my layette. LOL!
I’ve finished carding the Wensleydale X Cormo from Black Sheep Gathering in 2017. I have just over 25 ounces of batts. Then I cleaned and oiled my drum carder and tucked it away. I don’t have any more carding projects planned for now.
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Good morning, Kelly.
Good morning, Marsha.
How are you?
I'm doing great. I'm trying to keep in my head all the things I want to talk about over the last three weeks when a lot has happened.
Yes, we've been very busy. So we jump right into it.
Yeah, let's do. Okay.
I have to just before we start, start talking, I just have to say we're having another... Seattle is being affected by forest fires again. So it's very, very smoky here. In fact, I woke up at three this morning. I had the... because I could smell it. I could taste it in my throat. I had the windows open and yeah, I woke up at three tasting that smoke in my mouth kind of and feeling kind of like I was slightly suffocating. You know, it's weird. So I've got the windows closed now. But if I sound croaky and weird, that's why as I think I'm having a little bit of a reaction to everybody. Is that smoke? It's really It's really bad.
Well, we actually had rain. The last few days. I don't know how much impact it had on the fires. Yeah, we while we were camping we had... one of the days was quite rainy. And then the day we, the day we drove home was also a rainy day. So that was good. That was very, very happy to see. To see that rain. So hopefully you guys will get some too.
Yeah, we there's no rain in the forecast. But it's it was last weekend. Let's see. Yeah, not this past weekend, because we're recording on what is today, Kelly, Wednesday? Wednesday, not this past weekend. But the weekend before that I actually went on, went over to the Olympic Peninsula with my friend that I met hiking. And there's a really bad, the smoke was really bad when we were headed over there and actually we got an alert on our phone that they were evacuating near Index Washington, you know, where Ben does all of his climbing, and I've gone hiking there. They were evacuating because there was the Bolt fire, which was just like a mile down the road from index. So we got a notice on the phone. They were evacuating. So that's hitting close to home because Index is only about 40 miles, 45 miles from Seattle. You know, you can get there in in an hour and a half, you know, so that's pretty close to home now.
Well, let's get into it. What's going on?
Okay, well, I'm gonna go back in time, a few weeks. The last time we recorded was just before the wool auction. I have to talk about the auction, it was really fun. I had a great time and as Marsha says, full disclosure, I actually had to go back and remind myself what I bought because so much has happened since then. So I I ended up with a 10 pound Corriedale fleece. That was one of the ones that I had on my list as I'm interested in it. And it was actually the reserve breed, the reserve breed champion. The breed champion fleece was a was a Cormo a really nice Cormo and the reserve was a Corriedale by a woman named Marsha Barranaga, and this was her first time showing at the Monterey County wool auction and she did quite well. A lot of a lot of the winners were hers. This reserve was hers. There was the market champion white ewe was hers. The reserve market champion was hers. And I think that was it. I think the others were someone else but in any case she did quite well. Her fleeces were really nice. So I got this 10 pound Corriedale and oh my gosh, it's gorgeous. It's gorgeous. So beautiful, huge, enormous thing!
10 pounds, Yeah, well, yes, you'll lose a lot in when you wash it. Yes, still you have a massive fleece.
Yes, it is a massive fleece and, and I will lose a lot because it's extremely greasy. So there'll be a lot of grease that that gets washed out. A lot of lanolin will get washed out of that one. But I did skirt it just a little bit more than it had been. And I was in my new plan where before I put it away, I look at it, shake off all the second cuts, because there's always some you know, that's a undesirable thing to have. But you always have some. Shake off all the second cuts, look at it really carefully take off bits that are shorter than you know, like, looking at the fleece like oh, it's all so long, and then there's a little bit that's, that's, that's a little shorter, take that off. So I really looked at this fleece pretty carefully. And it is there's a lot of a lot of lanolin on it, that'll go. But it's beautiful. And it's nice and soft. I think. I don't know if I washed a lock of it or not. But they had it on the board. In the Monterey County Fair auction, they have a board where they take a lock of each fleece and they wash it and they pin it on this board for display so you can see what the fleece is like when it's washed. Really, really nice. So that was the fleece I meant to buy. Because, remember my rule that I could buy one?
And then I could buy a second one in an emergency.
Yes. And did you have an emergency?
I had an emergency and a half! So the half emergency, it wasn't actually an emergency, a woman, Kyoko, who is in the guild, she came up to me and said, I am interested in this fleece. And I think you might like it, would you be interested in splitting it with me? And so I went to go look at it and and it's a really nice light silver. It was in the low quarter? No, it was in the quarter blood category. Yeah. It was in the quarter blood category of the natural color fleeces. And so the blood system classification system, it starts off with fine is the finest of the wools. And then the next category is half blood, which would be... it used to be like half of the genetics of the sheep is Merino. But what it means now, I mean, this is a real historical old system, the Bradford... No, not the Bradford system... anyway, this is the old system of of measuring is the fleeces that would be the the, the fineness or the micron count of something that was half Merino. So it doesn't have to be a half merino sheep, but in that fineness category, and then the next category is three eighths blood and then the category after that is quarter blood. And most of the time the quarter bloods are like Romney, something, you know, little course, long wools usually, and this one is also a long one, but it's really it's pretty soft, too. I'm, I'm, I'm really excited about about this fleece, and it's a light, like a white, kind of white gray. So not that creamy color, you know, of what you think of as a white fleece, but it's, it's got some darker gray, a little bit darker gray in it, some silvery bits, but it's more like a kind of... like my mom's hair, you know, that white, silver white color. So it's really pretty, so she and I split it and it's a seven pound fleece, so I have three and a half pounds of that. So that'd be really nice. That's a small amount, you know,unlike my Corriedale. But then came the real emergency. Right? The real emergency was a Rambouillet fleece. There were three Rambouillet fleeces in the breed class. And he said in my notes, I've written down that he said that they were all consistently good. The first place one was just the nicest, but the second and third were also very close to the first and so I ended up buying the second place Rambouillet fleece, because it wasn't selling. This one was nice. I thought it was nice when I looked at it and it wasn't selling so I bid on it. So I got that and it's a seven and a half pound Rambouillet fleece, and that one I actually separated out the best bits of it. The, the front, you know the part, the part of the fleece that's the finest and softest. And so I separated that out so I have it in its bag, but there's a separate pillowcase inside of the bag with the nicest part of that. Of that, fleece. So I got three really nice fleeces and I didn't break the bank, which was good. And then I came home and I dragged out everything from the garage. I opened up the fleeces that I hadn't looked at. I think I opened up everything. I think I opened up everything and skirted a lot of them a little bit more, shook them a little bit more to get any dirt and second cuts and stuff off. Washed some of it. I washed...Do you remember at Black Sheep gathering? There was a 10 pound fleece. The name of it was Jazzman, you won't remember that. But Judith McKenzie was judging. And it was in the I forget the class system that they use at Black Sheep gathering, but it was in a category more for long wools for coarser fleeces.
And so she didn't place it. She said, this is a gorgeous fleece. This fleece is oh, it was, but it's in the wrong class. I can't...
I do remember this. Yes.
She said I can't give it a ribbon in this class. And so I made note of that. And when we went back to look at the fleeces at one point, probably we had already bought what we were going to buy and we went back and it was still there. You know, because it hadn't placed in its class. And because it was a 10 point something, over 10 pound fleece, it hadn't sold. And so I bought it. And it's the most expensive fleece I've ever bought, I think it was like 22 or $23 a pound. But it's like, here's this fleece that Judith said was fabulous. And no one bought it, I have to buy it. So I took that one out and I sorted it. It was a multicolor variegated fleece, and I sorted it from dark to light. And you know, skirted it again a little bit more. And then there was about three pounds of it that was in that sort of a light gray color. Kind of cream and gray variegated that's going to blend up to be a light gray. And so I took some of that out because there was more of that color than anything else. So I took some of that out and I washed it and oh my god is that a nice fleece! It's a Columbia Merino and something else.
Kelly breaking in while editing 13:12
Okay, so I know it's not critically important for you to know this, but it's Columbia Merino and CVM and while I'm popping in here during editing, I thought I would mention something I forgot to say. And that is that one of the fleeces, a Border Leicester, that's a long wool. Not a next to skin breed. Probably rug or upholstery. Anyway, a Border Leicester fleece went for $69 a pound! I could not believe it. There was this huge bidding war between two women from up in the San Jose guild. I think they're in the San Jose area guild. Anyway, yes, $69 a pound for a Border Leicester fleece. And I think 23 or $22 a pound is expensive! And then the other thing I wanted to mention is the fleece that I raved about in the last episode that I really liked, that was a reserve champion? Light gray. Soft in a nice fine wool. I think it might have been Half Blood category. It was a really soft fleece. It went for $33.50 a pound and that's too rich for my blood, too. So anyway, just wanted to pop in and tell you that I cannot believe that someone would pay $69 a pound for a longwool and you know I like the long wools.
The Columbia gives it a little bit more length and and a little more silky feel to it. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous. And I'm like, Okay, why have I been spinning? I mean, the stuff I'm spinning is... I have nice fleeces. I'm not saying I don't. But why have I been spinning my bargain basement fleeces? And for like four years, this one has been in my garage.?Yeah, yeah. So that's
Kelly, why? Did you come up with an answer? Why?
Well yes partly it was because I knew I wanted to do something where I separated out all the colors and spun the color separately. And so that, you know, that was work that I had to do first, I couldn't just reach in the bag, grab some and wash it. So so now I have some that's washed. And then the rest of it is all sorted by color. And I think I want to do a sweater in color work. Kind of, I'm gonna say Marie Wallen style, because that's the only designer I know, that does the real intricate... But I know there's other designers then that have those real intricate patterns, you know, intricate pattern color work patterns. I don't know, I'm gonna find
not like the Cowichan. Right? Finer than that.
Right, yes. And I don't know if I want something that's just a color work yoke, or if I really do want something that's all over color work. I think I might like a cardigan. I've seen a couple of them. Like an all over colorwork cardigan in the natural colors. With you know those Norwegian closures? Norwegian style or Scandinavian style.
So I think I might... A hemmed, you know, hem the bottom instead of a ribbing. I have a picture in my mind of a sweater I've seen or maybe several sweaters mixed together. But I'm thinking maybe that will be what I do with that fleece eventually, but I have about I have almost three pounds to play with. Just you know, have the same basically the same light gray to do something else.
Because again, 10 pound fleece. There was a lot. Yeah, it'd be a lot of leftovers if all I was making was a color work sweater. So anyway, that was a very fun weekend. I did that over the Labor Day weekend. It was really hot and I played in water and washed fleeces and sorted fleeces and labeled fleeces and put them all back in the garage and then took out some stuff that is, you know, that I could easily just finish and get done. So anyway, the the fleece auction, the wool auction, I kind of went into projects a little bit with all that washing stuff but the fleece auction was a blast. I had a great time and I have now two and a half more fleeces. So two fleeces went out of my stash this year, the Oxford and the Columbia and then oh, and the Shetland! Three fleeces went out of my stash this year.
Oh, so it's you have a net gain loss, right?
Yeah, that's right. Except that one of them is a half of fleece. So I actually have a net a net loss of a half of fleece.
Okay, Kelly, you can tell yourself that! [laughing]
I can. Yes, I can tell myself. [laughing] As far as for actual poundage, I'm sure I'm in a net gain situation. 10 pound fleece and two others. So but yeah, that was very fun. Very fun. Yeah, I have others but tell us about some of your stuff that you've been doing.
What have I been doing? Well, so Labor Day weekend? Shout out to Kelli. Our friend Kelli Brook, she's a listener. And she, we met her she remember she introduced herself? Well, I'm saying remember, you know this. She introduced herself to us at Stitches. And we had a nice dinner with her and her friend that Ledun and then she came to the NoCKRs retreat. Anyway, she was really nice, she invited us, Kim and myself, over to her house for lunch. I think that Saturday of Labor Day weekend, and she lives on Vashon island so that was fun to take the ferry over there. And we did a day trip. Yeah, it was really nice, beautiful garden, and she sent me home with a bag of Gravenstein apples. So I made six pies that are in the freezer. I did, what my mother would do is that she would make the pies and she'd freeze them unbaked and then on a Sunday night, if we wanted pie, you'd just pull one out and bake it and she just throw it in the oven frozen. And so... which is what I did. It takes a little bit longer to bake, but it turned out great. So I have to say Thank you Kelli for my pies. That was fun. And the next day, I was kind of wondering about this, but we went down just a day trip down to Seabrook on the Washington coast where we go all the time. And I'm just going to interject--met our friend Jean, who used to own the yarn shop down there and we took the dogs to the beach, did a nice long five or six mile walk with the dogs and then came back up from the beach and there was a Saturday market going on. And there was all sorts of crafts things that they were doing like you know, you know, they had people were selling beads and jewelry, you know, you know, anyway and then there was a guy who made terrariums out of out of old liquor bottles. You'd have terrarium is in those and everything. Anyway, but there was a woman who was dyeing. And I'm just going to... her name is Kathleen Adams Olson. And she's not opened it yet. But Jeanne said she's, she and her husband are remodeling part of the house to put in a dye studio. So she's hoping to teach classes down there, which I'm going to keep an eye on this because I'm really interested in doing it.
That sounds really fun.
I'm really excited about her possible dye studio that she's going to have. But at the Saturday, the Saturday market, she had a booth where you could dye a silk scarf or a cotton bandana. And with natural plants, So Kelly, you and I, we've done the natural dyes where you actually just take the plants and you stew them and make up a mixture that you then dye your yarn. In this she had either the cotton or the silk fabric that had been... She'd already had them, impregnated them with a mordant. And then what you do is you would lay out a piece of cloth, and then lay out a piece of plastic on that cloth and then lay out your material that you're going to die. And she had five gallon buckets full of all these different plants. So ferns, and eucalyptus, two types of eucalyptus. Hops. I'm trying to think of other things... and flowers, so she had some Cosmos, bachelor buttons, Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susans. I'm trying to think what else. She had all kinds of things anyway. So then when you go pick out what you wanted, and you just lay it on-- as much or as little as you want, you just lay it on your material. And then what you do is you took a wooden dowel about an inch in diameter, and you'd roll it up the your, the fabric that you're dyeing the plastic and this cloth. And the purpose of the plastic is to prevent the the dye from getting on the backside of the fabric. So you get a little bit cleaner..., you know, so it's not double dying. And I guess what I say? So anyway, then you roll
So it doesn't soak through, yeah.
And so then you roll it up as tight as you can on this dowel and then take a string and wrap it around as and keep it as secure. I mean really, really tight and secure. And then just put it in this stock pot of simmering water for about an hour. So we went got ice cream, and then came back and unroll that and it's beautiful. So interesting. And Kelly, you know, what's so interesting about dyes is that the color of the the plant is not necessarily the color of the finished color on the fabric.
So I have a video on my Instagram but I'll see if I can put the video in the show notes or something. Or a photograph of it. So the ferns were bright green. And they are this beautiful sort of sepia tone, kind of that brownish color. The eucalyptus was brown but one is kind of a rust color and one turned out like a bright green. What I thought was the most interesting were the cosmos. So the cosmos that was a deep Purple turned out sort of a kind of an indigo blue. And what really surprised me were the cosmos that were hot pink turned out green.
Really, really fun. Yeah, I think they're done with the Saturday market down there for the season. But it'll start again in probably Memorial Day weekend. And hopefully she'll be down there. Because I would like to do another one. It was so much fun. Or I'm going to kind of keep track of her and find out when her dye studio opens up. So
that does sound fun.
Yeah. So and then I've been busy. Hikes, I've been doing a lot of hiking and I posted on Instagram. So I'm kind of repeating myself about this. But my friend Jeanine that I met actually hiking. Well, she texted me that she had planned a weekend. This was last weekend, the weekend of the fire, to go hiking on the Olympic Peninsula. So we left, got over there and had dinner and then went up to... at hurricane Ridge, they had a moonlight walk you so hiked at night started at 730 at night, and the idea was to go see the moon and the stars. Because we had the fires, we didn't see a thing. Like, we didn't even see the moon. It was so so much smoke. So but it was kind of interesting to hike at night. I had not done that before. So that was kind of fun. And then spent the night in a yurt which I've never done that before. And that was actually really quite nice. And it's basically you're camping but it's kind of a bit of an upscale camping. In fact, it's billed as glamping. I don't know if I go so far as to say it's glamping. But you're at least, you know there's a bed there. You're not sleeping on the ground. And then, the next day, that morning, we got up and went out to Neah Bay, which is the northwestern... No, the word is--Northwesternmost is the how it's actually phrased--point of the continental US. So and that's actually on the Macaw Indian Reservation. So we did a hike to and I don't know if it's called Shi Shi beach or Shy Shy beach. I heard both but it's s h i and then the second word is S h i and where you hike through the forest down to the beach and along the beach out to the arches which is a rock formation. And then hike back. That's about eight miles. And then after that we just did a short drive to Cape Flattery which is which is actually considered the northwesternmost part of the continental US. So we walked out to that point, and then went home. So it was really a nice, fun weekend and really different. I hadn't-- I don't really camp as you know. So this was a nice, easy introduction back into camping.
Nice. Yeah, so that was one way to do it where you don't have to really be in a tent or have all that equipment or any of that.
Yeah, well, I did bring my sleeping bag and Janine did bring a camp stove so we could have coffee in the morning. But, so there's like, you do need to bring your own food and whatnot. But right there are showers and toilets and all that kind of stuff.
It's not quite the same as if you have to pitch a tent.
Yeah. So that was that was really fun. Anything else about what you've been doing? Or do you want to talk projects?
Well, let me just mention about my camping trip. Our camping trip.
Oh, yeah. So now that really is glamping!
This was definitely glamping! So we had three nights and the first night was at a winery in Lodi called Klinker brick winery. It's really good. We went with my mom and her husband Dennis and it was their first experience at a Harvest Host site. I bought him the membership for his birthday and they were a little skeptical about boondocking, you know camping with no hookups. Their trailer is new they they've been RV camping for a while now. They had a pop up trailer and then they had a couple of different RVs and now they're back to a trailer. They've downsized but... So they have a lot of camping experience but it's all been mostly RV park type camping. And then we meet them often at Mount Madonna. So that's another place that that they like, but again they have hookups, right? So they were a little skeptical about that but they enjoyed when they met us at a winery in the Lodi area when we were coming back from from our summer trip and seemed like they were kind of interested. And so I got them the membership for Dennis's birthday. And then I just organized the trip, made all the reservations and stuff for this first, you know, for this first trip. The first winery was really nice, definitely would go back there. Had good recommendations. Tracy, little town knitter, had told me it was a nice place. And I'm gonna have to... we're gonna have to go back there, Tracy, and when you're more mobile, and you can actually meet us and kind of have a glass of wine, and maybe have dinner with us or something. But it was just really nice. We parked right next to the grapes. They had a vineyard and then they had just a couple of rows of grapes around a green grass area. And so Robert and I, we were parked next to the vineyard. And my mom Dennis were in front of us in front of that grassy area. So it was perfect. You know, we used the grassy area as our private, you know, little private patio area during the next morning and during the evening after the winery closed. But you know, during while the winery was open, we went over there we had some tasting flights, brought the dogs. They have a corgi and then we have our two and everybody gets along great and they just hung out under the table while we drank wine and ate cheese and crackers and salami and prosciutto and all that kind of stuff that you do at a winery. So that was our first night. And then the next winery we went to was called Good Mills family winery. Also in Lodi, the camping situation was not as good because they had a field that's across the street from the winery, just this big open field for RVs to park in. And of course at this time of year, it's dry and dusty. And, you know, of course, Robert and Dennis both, polish up the cars and the trailers before we go, which I think is dumb. Because you're going to get dirty!
Maybe they believe what my father always believed that he got better gas mileage if he started a trip with a clean car.
Yeah, we always have to, I don't know, we always have to start with a clean truck. And of course he keeps the trailer really clean. So you know that he didn't have to clean the trailer before we left because it was cleaned and then covered. But you know, as we drove in, as we drove in, he was like, oh, no, this is terrible! I thought it was nice. It was great for the dogs. Beary's not reliable enough to let him off leash. But Maggie and Bailey both got to run around in the field. Of course, you know, Robert and Dennis are both cringing because they're blowing up clouds of dust as they run.
So but but the dogs had a good time. We had a good time. The winery was nice. We sat under some redwoods in a little shady area, a warm day. We sat in a you know, nice, shady area. Very knowledgeable, very generous pours on the tasting there. So that was really nice. And we ended up, you know, again, buying some bottles of wine and bringing it back to the trailer. And my mom had made a couple types of salad and Robert had brought brought some sausage. And so we had a nice, we had a nice dinner. And then the third night, we actually went to an RV park that my mom and Dennis belong to that's in the Delta, the Sacramento River Delta. And that's a place where Dennis has spent a lot of time as a child growing up... teenager and stuff. His parents had a houseboat on the delta. So he's real familiar with that area and it has a lot of good memories for him. And so we stayed in in their place. You know, we were guests at their place in the Delta for the last night where we had full hookups. So that was that was really good. We had a little bit of a problem with our electrical but I think Roberts gotten it figured out. He's off to a nearby campground with our surge protector this morning so he can plug into the 30 amp power and see what happens. He didn't bring the trailer he just brought the the power cord and his electrical testing equipment so... But you know, we have solar too, so we didn't have any issues because of the the the power challenges that we were having at at that at that park. And then we headed home and they headed up the road because they're going to go visit my sister. So yeah, it was a very fun trip. Lucky for me I have the availability to be on the road and work remotely on Fridays and Mondays so I was able to do that. I'm paying the price today, but you know, it's worth it.
I know, it's nice to have that, that ability to do that, you know?
Yeah. So I'm already planning our next Harvest Host trip. I don't know when it will be. But I've got a couple of fairly close places in mind and maybe do the same thing where we spend two nights in wineries and one night at an RV park where we can dump the tanks.
And yeah, have a shower. I would... I was gonna say something about the... You were saying about the the wine tasting, that they were generous pours and stuff. The thing that's kind of nice about this is you don't have to drive. You just, you're tasting and then you just go back to your trailer. So there's no issues with getting in the car or having to have some person who's would be the designated driver. And it's nice. You don't have any of that. So everybody can enjoy.
A very short commute back to your trailer!
Yeah, to your bed. Yeah. Which you probably need after the the large generous pours flight! [laughing]
Well, that sounds fun.
Yeah, it was a lot of fun. And I'm really happy, thinking of Kelli that you gave the shout out to, she's the one who sort of tipped me over the edge. I had been thinking about Harvest Host and she was telling us about it. And so that was what, you know, finally prompted me to actually pull the trigger and join. And I'm really glad we did. It's been really... it's been really nice. We've enjoyed our membership a lot so far. And we only stayed in a few places.
Since we're talking about Kelli again, I you know, and she tipped you over the edge on this. She tipped me over the edge on something Kelly. We were over at her house. And we were...and she's a fantastic Weaver. But anyway, she said that there's a class. Anyway, an introduction to weaving, which I'm going to take is like January 30, starts I think the 30th of January, is just five days. So she told me about it. And I went and I signed up for it. So I'm going to and Kim has signed up for it. So we're going to... she'll have to take some vacation time, but we're going to do that. So we'll be going over to Vashon Island every day for five days. And
that sounds fun.
Yeah. So I it was based on her recommendation. So she's, she's turning us on to a lot of things right.
She's Yeah, she's an enabler for sure.
She's an enabler. Yes. Well, well anyways, so. So, now do we want to talk about project?
Yeah, I think that's all my little adventures for for now.
Okay. Okay. Well, I I'll just talk about mine then. Because I'm going to say... well, I'm going to... I did cast on a new project and I'm going to bring this up because I'll just start with this one first because it relates to my camping trip at the yurts. So I cast on a sock for my brother, and I'm using the fingering weight yarn from Weird Sisters wool Emporium in Aberdeen, Washington. And you remember Kelly last September when you came to visit, and we went to Seabrook. You were working and so Mark and I went in to to visit them, and I brought you a skein of yarn, which I think you used. I've forgotten, you made socks?
Yes, I made socks. It was the happy little colors or something like that. Bob Ross.
Oh, it was happy, happy little mistakes. Just all of them there. Yeah. The other ones they were either test colors or something. I don't know, or something, they were all in the happy little mistakes bin. But anyway, I bought... He picked out this colorway. It's called Mermaids of the Black Lake. And it's a Harry Potter colorway. And so I cast on socks for him. But I did realize after I cast them on that the yardage is 328 yards, which I don't think is quite enough for a pair of men's socks. So I bought a contrasting color for the heels and toes. And it's a it's called Dream In Color yarn. And the skein is called mini smooshy. I guess the yarn smooshy but this is mini smooshy. And it's, I believe it's just 100 yards so it should be enough. They sell it as fingering weight yarn for heels and toes.
Oh, that's good.
So yeah, so I bought that. I'm sitting here working on it now. I've turned the heel and I'm working on the gusset now. So the the main sock is like mermaids, you know, it's dark green and aqua and a little bits of bright green in there. It looks like murky mermaid water. And then the contrasting heels and toes are kind of an aqua color. So, and I had a navy that I was thinking of using, but it seemed like it was a little bit too light a weight fingering for the this yarn, it didn't match very well. And I think heels and toes, you want something maybe a bit heavier than you don't want anything to fine so, and it did not have nylon. And this has some nylon in it, which I think is better for heels and toes. And I just think it's happier. You know, I think something a little bit brighter, and he likes bright colors. But what I want to say is I about the camping-- how it relates back to the camping trip, we were sitting in the morning at the yurt having coffee and I was working on this sock, and I put the sock away with my needles in my little needle case, put it all away. And I have those Signature needles. And I got home and I realized I was missing a needle. So I lost it at the campsite. So I ordered another one. And you know, they're expensive.
But I thought I'm just going to order another one because I need it. So I ordered it. And when it arrived in the box, I started laughing because you know how sharp those needles are. I've stabbed myself a couple of times with those needles. But in the box on the bill of sale, at the bottom, there's a disclaimer, a warning that you're not supposed to let children play with them. Makes sense. You're not supposed to stick them in your ear, which makes no sense! Why anybody would ever consider doing that I don't know. But anyway, because they're so sharp. Why would anybody? I don't know. Anyway, that's a weird one. But this is the one that got me is that you're not supposed to knit with them while you're riding as a passenger in a car. Because if you're in an accident, the airbag-- you'll get stabbed with them if the airbag... Yeah, I always knit with these things when I'm a passenger in a car, if I'm working on a sock,
You could puncture yourself or the airbag, I guess.
Yeah, that's exactly what it says. So interesting note I did not know.
Yeah, those are really they're really sharp.
Yeah. So anyway, I'm continuing to work on Happiness. And I have finished the front and back and I've sewn the shoulders together. And I now need to pick up for the collar. So the next step is to knit the collar. I think it's about a one inch neck band. And then I'll go back and pick up for the sleeves. So I'm pretty... I'm getting pretty close to being done because I said I think in the last time we recorded the sleeves are only six inches. Yeah, because it is that sort of drop--very, very exaggerated drop shoulder sweater. So the sleeves fit like three quarter length sleeves, but they're only six inches of ribbing that I do so I'm getting pretty close.
yeah, excited about that. And then my other project I've been working, on continue to work on is the spinning that Manx Loaghton and as you know, I had a two pound bag of roving. Just last night I finished my 11th skein. So I now have about 1100 yards and I've spun 22 ounces. So I have another 10 ounces to spin now.
You made good progress this summer.
I didn't finish in time for the spin in but I like I'm now so close. I have to finish this.
Yeah, and really a good thing to spin on over the winter. Yeah, put it in your basket, put the fiber in your basket and just kind of plug away at it.
Well and you know how I got I got a lot of spinning done, because I on Monday I watched the the Queen's funeral. So that's eight hours of I mean, pretty much eight. I would say I didn't do it a solid eight hours. But that was a very long funeral. So I got a lot of spinning done in during that. So anyway, that's it for me for projects. How about you?
Yeah, I have--besides the carding that I finished up on-- that Wensleydale Cormo that I was working on. And I got that all done and boxed up as I was doing all of the you know, sort of fleece inventory. So that's all carded. I have just over 25 ounces of batts. So I'm excited about that. And then I took my drum carder and took the drive band off of it, cleaned it all up, oiled it, put it away, covered it. So I won't probably be doing a carding project for for at least a little while. It had been, I mean, I've had that thing for over 20 years. And I, I mean, I've dusted it off a little but I haven't... I've taken like the waste off of it, you know, cleaned the teeth. But I haven't, I don't think I've ever you know, washed, washed and oiled it with like that wood, you know, wood Murphy's oil soap and wood polish. So I used a little Howard's feed and wax on it and got it put away and it looks really nice. I was kind of ashamed when I saw the one that the Duncan's had, you know, at their booth at Black Sheep gathering, and I was getting information about how to adjust mine. And his was so clean and pretty and nice. And mine is so grungy. And so I got it all cleaned up, you know, some of the places are hard to dust because you can't really, I mean you have to kind of turn it and poke little cloth in there in little spots where you know, debris from the from the fiber pieces of fiber and and chaff and stuff have has sort of embedded themselves. So anyway, got that all cleaned up and put away. So carding for a while for me is done, I think. But I was pleased to have all that Wensleydale Cormo, all of that done. And in a box. My original thought was that I had three pounds. But then we spun or we carded with it, and people spun with it at NoCKRs. And I think I've given some away elsewhere. I know I've done a little sampling with it. So somewhere on the package on a label, I had 26 ounces. And I thought well, that's weird, because I thought I had three pounds of this. And I know I had more than 26 ounces because I ended up with 25 ounces of batts. And I know I had more than one ounce of waste because toward the end. I was kind of like, No throwing that away. Nope. Too dirty. Throwing that away. I was pretty ruthless with the last, you know, the last bits of it. I had already carded all the stuff that was easy, you know, locks that were easy to pull off and card and when I got to the stuff that was more difficult, or, you know, just not as not as easy to see the lock structure. Like okay, yeah, no, this is waste. So I got that done. And then I started more spinning. I've also put away my spinning wheel. I have to clean it up a little. But I haven't done that. I'm going to see about getting that part fixed. So I started spinning on the Wyatt Norwegian wheel. And I had a Lincoln-- a bag of Lincoln roving that Jenai gave me. She won it when she won a spinning wheel. I think that was Jennai. And she said, Oh, do you ever spin spin long wool? And I said yeah, so she brought it for me at one point so I've had it in the garage for a while. And so I'm spinning that. I got two skeins of the Lincoln roving done. Two pretty good sized skeins of Lincoln roving and I've still got singles on the bobbin. So I'll continue with that project. Spinning with that wheel, I have to say getting used to the double drive after having done so much spinning this summer with the scotch tension wheel, the little Herbie, like oh my gosh it's a little more fiddly. So I have to...Its a little more finicky and
oh, why do you think that is? Why is it more fiddly?
Well, I think it's just as the adjustments are, adjustments are not as easy to get right. So I'll adjust it a little and then that's not right. And then I'll have to adjust it a little more. You adjust it. So on the Scotch tension wheel, you adjust it by tightening that brake band that goes over the bobbin, right? The double drive wheel you tighten it by moving the flyer out from the wheel or closer to the wheel.
So it's a different kind of adjustment and I'm just not, I'm just not in tune with it. And then the practice, I'm out of practice. And the other thing is the the drive band is a little bit too big. That wheel has been sitting and I haven't used it much and so I think the drive band just got sort of soggy. The string, you know, just kind of stretched out a little so I'm... the other part of it is that I'm right at the edge. I have to move the flyer out further right to to adjust the tension to tighten that that drive band. Move the flyer out further away from the wheel but I'm reaching the edge of how far it will adjust. So I think the whole thing will be better if I just put a new drive band--a new shorter drive band on it or shorten the drive band that I have. So I have more, you have more ability to adjust it. Because right now as I'm adjusting, I'm like right on the edge. And I can't adjust any more than that. So it's just part of... it's just getting used to the new system again, and part of it is that I think I need a shorter drive band. So I won't be at the edge of the adjustment area. Yeah, but that's been kind of fun spinning that. It's been a while since I've spun Lincoln. And it's super shiny and heavy. The skeins are just just gigantic. You know, the, the, the weight of them, they're so dense that feel you know that feeling like mohair has too. So that's been really nice. So I'll finish that up. You know, just spinning in the evenings. I'll finish that up. And I don't have another spinning project in mind for when that's finished, but it'll be a while before I get that done. But I do have a new knitting project.
Yeah, so that vest has been on hiatus for a while, the mohair vest, and I needed something. I needed a project. So I quickly got this project going for our camping trip. It's called the Central Park West shawl, and it's by Chic and Regal knits. The reason I have this pattern, it was one of those, you know, put in your criteria on Ravelry and up pops a perfect pattern. I had the three three skeins of yarn from The Fiber Company called Acadia. And it's wool and alpaca and silk. And I bought it at Tolt. When you and Janice and I, oh and Mark took us all out in 2019. So it's been sitting in my stash a while as perfect fall colors. It's a sort of an eggplant, it's called cranberry. I guess it's more cranberry than egg plant. It's kind of a burgundy color. And there's a burgundy and there's a green. It's called Jack Pine. So it's a really... it's a brighter lighter green than what I would think of as pine. A little more acidy. And then pumpkin orange, which I don't have the colorway name in Ravelry I would think this would be called Pumpkin. But I didn't see pumpkin as one of my choices for this particular yarn. But as you know, it's kind of a rusty pumpkin orange. So anyway, muted fall colors and I have three short skeins, they're only 50 grams each. Because you know, the alpaca and the silk they're more of a luxury skein. So basically 150 grams, so it's not going to make a big shawl. So I put the yardage in, I put the three color criteria in, I put in the shawl, you know that I wanted to make a shawl and did the search and up pops this pattern and it's it's got slip stitches and stripes and plain garter and lace kind of alternating throughout, is it just a triangle, start at one point sort of asymmetrical triangle, start at one point and just get wider and wider and wider until you're done. And so I can go as long as my yarn holds out. You know, if I can't make it to the end of the pattern, that's okay. If I have extra yarn, I can just add another repeat of something. And knit till my yarn runs out. So so I've been having a good time with this. It's, you know, it's a little it's a little of everything. And I had not ever seen this.
It's nice. I'm looking at the I'm looking at the pattern right now. It's nice.
Yeah, I had not ever seen it hadn't crossed my radar before. But I thought okay, this is perfect. A three color, three color shawl and I'm using knit companion. I got the knit companion app. Okay, so right now I'm using it on my phone, not my computer on my iPad or not on my iPad. But yeah, so I'm just following along with the pattern on my phone, real convenient.
It doesn't have I don't have you know, it's it's not something where you would need a chart. So I'm not using the chart. It's just basically just a PDF of the pattern and a little highlithg tape.
and you have this on your phone?
Yeah, it's an app. So I have it on my phone and my iPad.
Well, I know it's an app, but I know other people have had it like on their iPad. My iPad so old it's not even really working anymore. I was always wondering if it will work on the phone if it's easy enough on the phone, but it sounds like it is.
It's small. I mean, you have to... you have to enlarge things to be able to see it. I was going to use it on my, on my iPad, but it wasn't charged this morning. So just I just have it on my phone as we're talking.
Okay, very nice.
Yeah. So then I'm still continuing to work on those shorty socks that are the leftover yarn. I'm calling them my adult layette socks.[laughing] Because they're the same yarn as my, the Rachel sweater that I made the striped pullover, and it's Invictus yarns, Yak Lux, in a blue green color, that was the NoCKRs retreat color for 2020. And then a color called Nevermore, which is a kind of a blackish Green. And then there's the vivid wool Merino, that fingering that you bought me in Iceland. So the pair of shorty socks out of that, I worked on those a little bit, too. That was my, that was my more mindless knitting when, when I needed to not be looking at my phone and changing colors and doing slip stitches and lace and counting and stuff. I thought, Okay, I'll have two projects for the trip. So I worked on both of those over the trip. So it's a good mix of projects, and not a lot of things. But it's a good mix at the moment.
Well, I think the last episode I talked, I was going to start, go back to Ben's sweater, unravel that, but I am going to I'm making myself wait to finish the happiness before I go on to anything else. So anyway. Yeah. And I had started the socks only because I wanted to take something on this camping trip.
And I didn't want to take that it was too much to pack the sweater. So that's why I did the Socks. Okay, so that's it for projects.
Yeah, that's it.
Yes. Just quickly, because it's, I'm just gonna put in here quickly, just under adventures. I'm still planning on going to the Fiber Fest in the valley in Ellensburg, Washington on October 1. I'm still planning on doing that. So just a shout out about it.
I should add to the list, Lambtown, Dixon, California, I don't think I'm going to be going to Lambtown. I had been kind of up in the air, I hadn't made firm plans about it. Because we did have this trip planned with my mom and Dennis. And then I wasn't sure what we were going to have going on in October. There was a potential for another family get together thing. But anyway, I don't think I'm going to be able to make it to Lambtown because it's far enough away that I have to, you know, I really have to leave like on a Friday and stay overnight. Stay overnight that weekend. And I just, I can't be away again so soon. So I won't be going but it's a great time. And it's back in person. This is the the first time first year back in person since the pandemic so I'm sorry that I'm going to be missing it, but I just can't. I just can't swing it. I'm having a little hard time getting accustomed to the 16 week calendar that we have. I was in the quarter system when when I was a student. My master's degree, we had quarter system. And then you know, while we were at Whitman, it was the semester system and the quarter system just felt like it was so fast. Well, these 16 week semesters also feel like they're really fast. We're in the fourth week of the semester already. Like I feel like we just started. And we're almost a fourth of the way through you know, by the time this podcast goes live. I will have a fourth of my semester over. And so there's just not as much, there's not as much wiggle room to get behind and get caught up. So everybody who's going to Lambtown, have a good time! Have a lamb sandwich for me.
Or not! [laughing] depending...
Yeah, Squish a few fleeces for me.
Yeah, or not if that's not your thing. Okay, so now let's move on to the really fun stuff. Summer spin in finished Labor Day, which was September 5. So it's all done. And so now we have prizes. So we're going to announce the winners of our prizes. And we pulled from the finished object thread, the discussion thread, and the
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hashtag on Instagram.
Yes, yes, the The hashtag that was on Instagram. So let's just start from the beginning. I'll do the first one. Okay, our first prize is a shibui yarn hat kit that was donated by our friend Dagmar and the winner of that is Michelle, Michembry from North Carolina.
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Yay. Yay. She was very prolific in this.
Yeah. Did a lot of spinning. And what I what I'm really impressed with this, that she did all that spinning at the same time that she was doing one of those crazy sock things. Sock competitions. I don't think it was sock madness. Because I think that's back in March. But anyway, she was doing one of those sock competitions where, you know, you've finished a sock in like two weeks or something, and was still able to be a really prolific spinner. So congratulations, Michelle.
Yeah. Very nice. it's quite an accomplishment. I'll just read the next one too. So, an alpaca sample fiber set from Cathy straightfork. And the winner is? Fran, it'sFran, our friend from Florida.
Yay. Yay. Yeah, Itsfran had a good time. She did something really interesting with one of her fleeces this year, she made a quilt batt. Carded a fleece to put in quilts because she's doing a lot of quilting these days.
And the next prize is also from Cathy, straightfork. And it's the pint of maple syrup. And the winner is Pat. Dataknitter.
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All right! Yay, Pat did some Stashbusting.
Yes. And then our next prize is a three ounce braid of handpainted wool flax blend in the colorway Keywest by purple fleece. And Sarah, Salpal donated that. And the winner is Mimifan, right from California! And our next prize, this is from me. This is the Fleeber farms breed study sampler. And the winner is, I don't know first name Kelly, but Longoart ,Longoart. And that is from our Instagram,
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right, right. Yeah, there was no first name listed on the Instagram profile just Longoart l o n g o a r t.
and the next prize is Gotland yarn and roving from Sarah Sousa. And she owns wandering fiber farm. And the winner is also from Instagram and it's chewy underscore dox. So c h e w y _ D O X, chewy-dox from Instagram.
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Yes, she posts really cute pictures of her of her Bulldog. And she's also on on Ravelry with with pictures of her Bulldog. You know what, I wanted to correct something I had put it in wrong in the show notes. Oh, the the Gotland yarn and roving the company is wandering fleece fiber studio.
Let me make sure we get that right. Wandering Fleece Fiber studio. We'll put a link to it in the show notes. She has some really interesting things on her on her website. We talked about her her shop in the in the last in the last episode. And I was really happy to see that Longoart won from the Instagram hashtag because she's a new spinner. So this breed study sampler will be a perfect prize for someone I think she posted she said she had posted her first skein of plied yarn was posted on on Instagram, so
Yeah, yeah. And we have a special prize for our summer spin in. An unannounced special prize. This is a prize for the best finished object of the spin in and it's going to SuperKip. Nathalie, who's finished object during the Spin In was a baby girl. She spun a baby.
Yes. So congratulations, Natalie. The addition to your family yeah.
So let me know Natalie, if there is a pattern that you want to make for your little girl. Just let me know. You can have a pattern of your choice from Ravelry. I just thought that was the most fun thing she posted in the, in the chat thread that she had a finished project.
Yeah. Very cute. Yeah. Yeah, that's great. I just want to say, to thank you for everybody who participated. It's really fun. And it's really fun to see to follow the chat. And it's really fun to see all the finished objects and all the things that people were doing. And yeah, it was really fun. And I think it's my favorite, my favorite contest that we have. or it's not a contest, or favorite activity. joint activity, I really enjoy it. So
yeah, it is fun to see everybody's projects. It's, I was inspired this year, I really was inspired to get stuff done.
I was too. And then I'm excited too, Kelly, because we haven't talked about this, but I'm pretty sure we're going to do our winter weave along. And the class that I'm going to take is during the winter weave along, so I can report in on that class that I take. So that will be good.
Yeah. Yeah, I know, you've wanted to participate in the past. And you know, well, you did one year, but you wanted to participate in other years and just haven't been able to participate.
Well, I'm gonna say I participated one year because you flew up and
tied you to the loom.
Yeah, yeah. It was super fun. But anyway, so I'm kind of excited about that. And I'll report in on that class too. So good. And I will put in the show notes, too. I have no idea how many people, what the enrollment is or anything like that, but I will put a link to the website in the show notes. I'm not saying the name of it, because I cannot remember the name of the... oh, here it is. I just I'm sorry, I can announce it. It's called the weavers palette. So just Weaverspalette.com. Okay, and I'll put the link. It's the class I'm taking is called weaving fundamentals. And they now have the dates up here. And it's taught by mother daughter team called and their names are Janet Dawson and Sue Willingham. There's other classes too. There's a Towel a Palooza in two parts, Towel a Palooza first session, Towel a Palooza second session, and then a continuing weaving class.
So Oh, fun.
Yeah. Looking forward to that. So I'll put that link in the show notes.
Okay. Our winter weave along is going to start October 1. Okay.
So okay, well, we're deciding right now. [laughing]
we're doing it.
I almost said the 15th. But we have to have it because I need to get some weaving done.
Yeah, yeah. So well, you have some Gotland in your stash to do. And if people don't remember what I'm joking about is my infamous trip to Edinburgh to the Edinburgh yarn Festival, where I was got food poisoning and in my fever, and I bought a shockingly expensive amount of Gotland yarn, to make a sweater and I realized I'm never going to make a sweater out of Gotland. So Kelly has to in theory to weave a blanket for me but no pressure Kelly I'm seriously not pressure at all. I'm just laughing about mostly I still laugh and I'm shocked at what I paid for that yarn. It was because I was not thinking straight at all. And anyway, you just said but enough of that. Yeah,
so the the winter weave along. We'll go ahead and start it October 1, so we have Okay, so we'll have that going on. Yeah. Okay. All right. I think that's it.
No more things we need to talk about? nothing? So we'll just say Goodbye, then. Okay. Get back to work.
Yes. Back to work. All right.
Same thing for me too. All righty. Bye bye.
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