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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The best laid plans...

...are pretty much asking to be messed up. Yesterday I was planning on spinning for at least an hour and working on the pattern for Mindy's Stole. Instead I ended up spending 4 1/2 hours defrosting a frozen pipe. The temperatures here yesterday started out at 10 degrees F, and went all the way up to the subtropical 18 degrees F but we had a 20 mph wind slamming against the exterior wall that the pipecicle lives in. There's nothing like sitting in a bathroom with a space heater running, drilling holes into the wall (hoping each time that you don't drill through electrical or plumbing stuff that might be in weird places), and holding a blow dryer up to the holes to get warm air into the wall. In the end, I got the pipe unfrozen without it bursting, my pores are all steamed clean, and the bathroom in question now looks like an homage to Swiss Cheese. Good times. Last night we got down to 4 degrees and we left the faucet dripping.
Anyway, after I got the pipe unfrozen, I opened the mail and look what I got! Actually this was the packing material. Don't you just love it when you order stuff from other spinners and they use wool for packing material? I ordered a high speed whorl and extra drive band for my Symphony and Sharon packed it in wool. Its washed but unprocessed. I thought it was a nice, fluffy, soft wool, but she says she uses it for warp! She's going to send me a sample of what she considers her nice wool. Maybe I was a little punchy after spending all afternoon in the Swiss Cheese Sauna, and maybe I'm just a really bad judge of wool in its unprocessed form (I know I need more practice with that), but even this morning when the euphoria of running water had worn off a bit, it still seemed pretty nice. I'm going to play around with it with my combs and see what it feels like then. I mean, its wool, I'm not going to throw it away!
Finn thought it was nice too. He's never seen wool this close to the sheep (washed but unprocessed) before. I showed him a lock of it and he promptly put it in his mouth. I gently pried open his jaws and got my lock of wool back, but he thinks it needs further tasting, um, testing.



Blogger Nannette said...

hee hee. I'm fortunate enough to have seen Sharon's wooly goodness first hand at her house. I'm not sure how she gauges her wools, but "good" stuff and "bad" stuff ALL looked and felt GOOD to me!

ENJOY your new found goodness!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

It sure looks nice and white and rather soft, from my point of view. How nice!!! Even if it isn't her best, it can be made into something nice. Lucky you!!

10:57 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

I wish my gifts came packaged in wool :). Enjoyed hearing Finn's reaction to the wool. My dog loves wool, it took me a while to get him to learn to not put it in his mouth. He now does everything but puts it in his mouth. It's very funny to watch him.

1:00 PM  
Blogger Sherie said...

Oh, frozen pipes are not fun! Glad you got the thawed before they burst.

My dogs like fiber too! Zeke always tries to nab some and take off with it. :)

1:45 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

I know it's too late to mention this but, gee, I hope you cut the electrical power to the bathroom before you started drilling.
I'm really glad that the wool is packing wool. When I first saw the photograph I thought it was insulation spilling into your bathroom from the holes.
Before repairing the drywall you may want to consider insulating those pipes while you still have access to them.
Stay warm. It is 7 degrees F here (Rochester, MN).

1:49 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

My dog Indy does the same thing with wool if left unattended, thankfully she knows "Drop it" and will leave it as long as it doesn't get stuck in her mouth. The wool looks nice and soft too.

7:28 PM  
Blogger knitseashore said...

Hello, I'm new to your site. I found it on a search for pink knitting (the subject of my post), so I thought I'd introduce myself.

I hope the situation with your pipes is resolved quickly -- it looks like a difficult thing to deal with. We live in an old house, and I'm surprised it hasn't happened to us yet.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Rositta said...

At least you know how to unfreeze pipes, it's cold here too. So much for global warming...cute doggy...ciao

10:03 PM  
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I think it was very funny to watch your dog playing with wool)) Of course, they are so silly, when it comes to their instincts )))

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