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Friday, April 06, 2007

Spinning for Socks

Last night I needed something mindless to do while I watched TV so I pulled out the second batch of roving that I hand dyed a while back. (The first batch was the Barbie pink that became the ruffled socks I finished last weekend.) This is the GCNI/Mohair that I painted in sections of blue, pink, and tiny yellow stripes. The yellow bled into the pink so there are some coral colored sections but no yellow is left in the roving. I'm just going to spin up half on one bobbin and half on another bobbin and ply them together letting the colors land where they will. I'm figuring that over all the yarn will look purple but there should also be some blues and pinks mixed in as well.

Yesterday, Finn and I worked on fluffing up the Targhee fleece that I had washed a week or two ago (the one Finn was, and still is, in love with). I'm going to dye it before I send it out to be carded into roving so I wanted to make sure it was completely opened up and fluffy so the dye can get in there. Its not felted, but since this was an uncoated fleece, some of the tips are stuck together. I have no idea what to call it, but they open right up and if I wasn't going to dye it, it could go straight to be carded and it wouldn't have any trouble at all. Finn kept trying to kiss it when I wasn't looking, but when I'd turn back around to get more wool and it was damp and the dog was looking everywhere but at me, I figured out what was going on pretty quickly. Then he sat down and watched me out of the corner of his eye, which is really a funny facial expression for a dog. Caleb wanted to help too, so I showed him what I was doing and he started fluffing tips, until he got bored, started putting wool all over his head and declared himself "King of the Sheep." Finn thought this was hysterical so he jumped on Caleb. At that point we quit and I'll finish it up today. Hopefully there will be more than Easter Eggs getting dyed this weekend!

Have a great weekend and Happy Easter!

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Blogger Rosa said...

I love the colors. I think it will be great socks. I am sure that Finn is a tremendous help.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Sherie said...

King of the Sheep and his loyal sidekick! LOL Love the sock yarn, great colors. :)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

I have a friend who spins all her yarn, then she winds it into a ball and uses both ends together to ply .. one end from the middle, one end from the outside ... that way she has exactly half and half for the plying and nothing left over!! I think it's a marvelous idea, especially if you have only a bobbin's worth of yarn!!


7:26 AM  

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