Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

When I processed the Coopworth, I roughly divided it in half---half went in the Cranberry dye bath and half went in the Charcoal dye bath. I could tell the Cranberry one had a little more fiber in it. After I spun the Cranberry, I had 1 lb. 3 oz. The Charcoal-colored fleece was blended with some black merino top and after I spun that up I weighed it. 1 lb. 3 oz! Like the Cranberry, it's not quite a sweater's worth. Maybe a short-sleeved sweater or a sweater vest. For now I'm just going to stash it until inspiration hits.

I can't see too far in to the New Year, but here's a list of thing I want to do in the next few weeks: spin some purchased roving (started today), learn to use my new wool combs, work with Shetland fleece (should arrive in 2 days), knit with natural colored fleece, make a purple purse out of the last of my Cotswold (in the dye bath right now!) and learn to dye roving or batts.

Once spring has arrived, I want to start a dyer's garden.

Happy New Year!

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