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25. August 2008 08:45
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Wool Washing Experiment

25. August 2008 08:45 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I was lucky enough to get some free wool (Romney I think, and some Leicester) donated by Trevor Richardson, one of my inlaws who farms sheep over in Nova Scotia.

 

1. Raw, smelly, about 20 lbs worth packed into a feed bag.

2. After washing.... mucho dishsoap and hot water baths.  The tips are still a bit yellowed,

    but overall, a definite improvement, dont you think? 

 

3. Finished poof of washed wool.  Doesn't even smell that bad anymore!

   (too bad there's about 99 % of that bag left... I wasn't brave enough

    to wash much more than 2-4 ounces the first time) 

24. August 2008 18:15
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London-Wul Fibre Arts

24. August 2008 18:15 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Last week when I was out with my BFF in Moncton we decided to check out a fantastic local Yarn Shop / Fiber Supplier... London-Wul

This place is simply indescribable!  lots and lots of selection of spinning fibers and commercial yarns too.  Tons of project ideas, and really nice layout of the products.  I hear they do some classes from time to time, which I will Definetly be attending this fall :)

24. August 2008 17:21
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To Boldly go, where no Jobo has gone before...

24. August 2008 17:21 by Jobo | 1 Comments

in attempts to improve upon my eariler blogging experience, Marky has decided to set me up with a new blog, and my own .com to showcase some of my work... So here I  go on another blogging adventure - hopefully one with fewer issues. (that, and now the tech support comes with hugs and a back rub!  can't beat that! seriously.)

I've been working on a few more projects these days, and trying to finish up old works-in-progress... with the goal that, the more I finish, hopefully the more new fun stuff I can start!  Right now I am about 1/3 of the way through a Cabled Hoodie (see Brownies for Breakfast on Ravelry - my username is jlsonier FYI) an afghan (Christmas Gift) and a silk shawl (potentially for the wedding next summer)  Never any shortage of ideas and inspiration these days.  I feel really keen to work on things, so I'm going to try and knock off a couple of UFO's while the mood lasts!

This spinning thing is really a lot of fun, and I can totally see how people become so addicted so fast to this hobby.  Everything about it is so hands on.  First you touch the fiber, pet it, prepare it, drool a little over it... then you spin it, another enjoyable task in itself.  You get to see the creation of the yarn inch by inch.  Spin. Ply. Wind into a ball.  Then the next part is just as much fun.  A ball of yummy, hand made, luxurious by any standard (the only thing you can really buy around here is acrylic stuff at Walmart. ew.)  and then YOU get to use it to make something else!  Then the excitement starts all over again.  Choose pattern. Cast on.  Admire yarn.  Knit like a crazy person. Finished project.  Congratulate self on job well done.  Repeat.  This spinning thing, yeah.  I can totally see why it's worth the trouble.  

My most recent spinning project has been working up some undyed, cream colored, silk hankies.  When I had bought my spinning wheel down in NY, the lady at the store had said, "someday when you get really good at it, you should try some silk hankies and try those out."  Well, Im not sure if I'm 'really good at it' yet, but I did it anyway!  I bought about 3.5 ounces of silk from Legacy Studio (check out their website, pretty neat) and spun up what felt like a neverending thread of fingering/cobweb-ish silk.  I only got through about 3 hankies before my lack of willpower forced me to start chain-plying so I could tell what it would be like in the end.  So far I have about 350 yards of creamy white, almost pearly textured silk thread.  So of course (absolutely no willpower)  I decide last evening to try casting on a triangular shawl I have been oogling for months (Laminaria)  You know, just to see how it looks.  riiight.  see pics below.

Shawl pics someday, when I get a little more done

 


 

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