Sunday, September 25, 2011

FO - Cold Mountain

Last spring I started Cold Mountain, a Knitty pattern.  It was my first real lace project.  I used baby alpaca yarn--two skeins that I bought at Weaving Works--I didn't keep the label.  It took 5 months to knit.  Then it sat in a box during the move to the new house.  I finally blocked it and took a few photographs. Here it is...

Friday, September 16, 2011


Last Christmas my husband gave me a whole Polypay fleece.  I finally got it out and washed it. Now I'm flick carding the locks and spinning a worsted yarn.  If you are not familiar with Polypay, let me tell you it's really nice to spin.  It's soft and durable at the same time.  Apparently it's a breed created in the US in the 1970's. It's a cross breed of Dorset and Targhee with Rambouillet and Finnsheep.  My husband bought this one from Maplewood North. I have purchased several fleece from these folks and I've been pleased with the product every time.
I'm spinning without a planned project.  I love spinning that way because as I spin I can contemplate what exactly I'll do with the yarn.  This time I'm thinking ",, something, socks".  I have to admit, I don't even know if this is going to be a 2-ply or a 3 ply yet...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Barn

The land lord called it the "Cottage". My husband called it the "Yarn Barn". I tried to call it the "Studio". What is it? It's the free-standing shack connected to my house by a deck. There's no running water, but there is electricity. There's two rooms--one for sewing, carding, and spinning and the other for weaving. There's enough room for all of my stuff. I've had it for a month now and I'm just settling in. I tried to call it something cool, but in the end the words "The Barn" just come out of my mouth when I tell my family where I'll be. "I'll be in the barn." This is ironic, because in my neighborhood there are no real barns to be seen. For those who live in Seattle, and know my area--Judkins Park/Rainier---you will know that this is not "barn" territory. None the less, it's my (yarn) barn.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I moved to a new house.

So why the long break from Fleece Love and Happiness? Well, I moved again. The packing and unpacking threw a wrench in my crafting time....but it's well worth it because now I have my own room---a shed really---for all my equipment. Yahoo! No more keeping the loom in the dining room.
I've set up my work table , sewing machine, and looms. I've stored all my fiber, yarn and fabric. Now I get to start some projects. Going through some bins of fiber, I found some "dyeing projects gone bad". I carded them into some multi-fiber, multicolored batts and began spinning.
The new house also has a deck so I can work outside. Today I'm washing fleece and soaking recently spun skeins to dry in the sun. It's the hottest day of summer in Seattle this year.
Life is good.