Friday, August 19, 2016

Spinning and Stuff


The two leftover bits from last couple of plying jobs came out way better than I thought, wishing I had more of each. Small skein in front of the two mixed batches.





Then found a full bobbin (one of many) that I knew where the rest of the fiber was hiding, thinking its a merino from source that I can't remember.



Got up extra early this morning even before it was light enuff in wool room to spin, but by the time coffee was ready it was good to go. Got in nearly an hour spinning the variegated merino, wanted time before it gets hot, temp predicted to be 32°C today (90°F), not terribly hot but it is for in here. Just 3.8°C when I got up, close to 39°F, so at least the sleeping is comfortable.

Have number two sock of the red pair to finish and another one started that might go into time out so I can get started on Kristie's pair. Short enuff that it might be a challenge to get all the colors into the patterns. K I can't remember what color you wanted for the main color.


I had planned on going to town the last two Fridays, last week a migraine (first one in years) laid me out, then today would have been miserable hot running around in Wms Lake, then unloading groceries when I would be hot & sweaty was to much to even think about. Have enuff B/P meds to make it another week same with Warfarin.

If I go next week it is supposed to be much cooler will leave early enuff that I can get to farmers market and pick up tomatoes, can't believe that I've managed to wait so long. Might while its still relatively cool make a smallish batch of macaroni salad, perfect for lunch and supper when its hot.

Just talked to Christine over in West Branch valley and she is going into town tomorrow and will pick up tomatoes at Beaver Valley Feeds, they bring them up from far south in BC, may even go over to her place Sunday morning to pick them up

Monday, August 15, 2016

Selling handspun

The variegated green merino-silk mix from July 13, I recently was offered $20 for the whole shooting match, just about choked on my coffee. 460 yards and probably cost me a whole lot more than offered price. Was very polite and explained that it wasn't for sale, and if it was likely would be 4 times (or more) the offered price.

This morning dedicated time to finish plying the fiber from DiCentra, Have been plying in 15 minute increments and this morning I knew it was going to be closer to 45 minutes but wanted it done. One bobbin had quite a bit on it when the smaller one ran out so grabbed another leftover bit of a way different color and had at it. Surprised at how much I like it, guess I am learning (slowly) that handspun of almost any color works well together. So I now have 5 empty bobbins and as soon as whats on plied bobbins is into skeins will have at more plying. Found if I do it slowly I can still walk at the end of the day.

Pix shows the 2 different colors over top of the DiCentra yarn, 2nd pix are the two bobbins of the DC singles.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This and That

Saturday just before midnight was awakened to incredible thunder and lightening show, went on for nearly an hour and seemed stuck right over the valley, then when it quit and cleared off temp dropped to 34°, coldest spot in BC again. Then same show last night (Saturday) but earlier, started around 7 and quit 10ish, both nights following the show, heavy rain, so much so that river came up quite a bit. Nothing like it in the 40+ years I’ve lived here.

Finally got two bobbins of light gray plied, then while in the mood did two bobbins of what I had hoped to be really ugly yarn (I think it is). Planning on socks for me for upcoming winter (rumour has it that it might be a tough one).



Next on plying docket will be the two bobbins of DiCentra's wool.


Sure not much else going on in my wild mountain valley, even the bears have disappeared, think they are all over at Chilko fishing.