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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Look at the pretty kitty!

Yes, its one of those days where the Ultimate Blogging Accessory - The Cat - fills in for actual blog content. Poor Ramius looks like he's just been called upon to give an oral presentation to a group of small dogs. (For some reason Ramius doesn't like small dogs. Big dogs? Loves 'em. Small dogs? Not so much.) Basically its just the same old thing around here. I don't really have anything to show today because I haven't really gotten a lot done. Mickael is Best Man in a wedding this weekend so last night I started cutting out the dress I'm wearing. I figured I better get it started. I found shoes for it and knitted a wrap for it (the ivory feather and fan one I finished back in April) so I figured I better make a dress to go under it. Unfortunately, right now all I've got is the dress cut out and that's not very exciting.

Yesterday, there were a couple of questions about the spinning so I'll answer them today.

1. Processed VM is a polite way to say poop. Poop as VM is very rare in processed roving. You will find it more often in raw fleece, but depending on how well the fleece has been skirted (removing the yucky parts and the coarse wool) you might not even find it there. The majority of VM that I've found has been grass and hay bits that naturally get on an uncoated sheep. They generally fall out during processing, predrafting and the actual spinning.

2. I haven't ever knitted with singles and I too spin them too much to leave them as singles. I've heard that if you spin at or below a 25 degree angle of twist on your singles, you won't have biasing. I've never tried this and I don't remember where I heard this, so I'm not guaranteeing that this will work. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

3. I don't own a Woolee Winder, but the Majacraft flyers have a sliding butterfly clip thingy rather than the 6 hooks like many of the other brands flyers. This allows me to have a little more control over how the bobbin winds on as I'm not stuck with 6 stationary hooks.

Just a side note, for those of you that can tear your gaze away from Ramius, yes that's Buddy Lee on the pillow behind him. Mickael used to laugh himself senseless at the Buddy Lee commercials when they came out a few years ago. We found him a T-Shirt, but it was only a Large and was too small. I decided a year ago or so that it was silly to just have the shirt folded in the closet where it would just get hauled across the countryside everytime we moved, so I got it out and made it into a throw pillow as a surprise for Mickael.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Genius pillow, especially since Caleb looks like Buddy! I also agree with Ramius' opinion of small dogs... Mindy

10:28 AM  

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