Archive | May 2004

Summer… finally!

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We are having a ball! We went to the swimming hole yesterday. The boys all took the boats Grandpa made for them out of leftover lumber ends. We put strings on them and they pulled them around most of the afternoon. Grampa had the water pistol and Karen and I sat in the shade with the camera. Our little dog turned out to be a water bug, too, so everybody had a good time! lol We went home and made milkshakes then the boys played in the creek with their boats for the rest of the day.

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The younger fiber folk.

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Shane had a school field trip to a farm and brought home some llama fiber. He brought it to California to have Gramma show him how to make a teddy bear out of his llama wool. Here he is carding it. We got it spun up and we’ll start weaving the bear later this week. We also spun up some wool to make his ‘stash’ go further! He did fine but I didn’t get a picture of him spinning. I’m sure there will be more photo ops later!

Speaking of a halo…

Halo (37k image)This is a snap of my woven bedspread. The orange plaid square in the center is pure Samoyed fur, the one on the left it is blended with some cormo and plied with silk. The fuzzy patch on the right is a bit of Samoyed blended with alpaca. This yarn was washed when it was spun but, tho it was a bit fuzzy when I wove it, this “bloom” you see in the picture happened after it was on the bed and in use. I hasten to add that it is not shedding. But you can see that it does indeed get very like angora. Now this is just one kind of dog fur, I can’t say how another would do, but I agree with Elena that it makes a very warm fabric, light weight, and quite as soft & “silky” as angora, too. I didn’t have any trouble with odor, I spun it “raw” and washed it as yarn. My FIL did bathe the dogs before he combed, them, tho, so that probably helped a lot.
I probably would not have used it in my blanket if I’d had any idea how it would do, but it adds a “conversation piece” tho the project! 😛

Where I’ve been

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I’m learning to be a carpenter’s helper or gofer, in other words! lol I got him busy closing in the porch so they grandkids will have a place to sleep. Daughter and the 4 young’ns are arriving on the 25th and Randy has been really busy at the contractor business now that the weather is nice, of course, so I have to get him when I can! I’m also taking over the lawn mowing and yard cleaning so he has more time to put in on this project.
Fiber arts? I did dye some waste wool yesterday with some left-over Rit but that’s been it for a couple weeks!