Snared

I usually don’t escape from the Seconds Sale unscathed. Habitually, I wind up carting home arcane things like Ukrainian egg decorating kits (which we used), bags of wool-that-should-be-a-sweater (but still isn’t), a paper-making kit (again, we used this) and a myriad of other widgets and gadgets (and sheep, of course). It seemed inevitable that some…

Today…

Today I’m “shagging around”* with some dyes, doing layered dips to suss out some different colour combinations and effects for further use. I’m working with combed woolen top  (that’s Falkland) for my test swatches, but I have some washed Shetland fleece to which I’d like to apply the results for a pattern that I have…

Like a cat in a drumcarder….

I’ve had the drumcarder whirling pretty consistently over the past few days. I’m churning through a fleece quite quickly, alternately carding up batches and spinning them. I would card them all at once and them switch completely over to spinning-only for a few days, but experience has taught me two important lessons about this work….

“And I say way-hey-hey, it’s just an ordinary day…

…and it’s all your state of mind.” – “Ordinary Day” by Great Big Sea It’s Tuesday. I’ve always liked Tuesdays. They haven’t the lethargy-franticness dichotomy of Mondays, but aren’t yet to the exhausted anticipation that typifies a Friday. Tuesdays are a day for getting things done. Today I am plying and then carding some more….

Warm woolies

Yesterday I finished turning this: Into these:   The mittens are loosely based on the basic mitten pattern in Operation Homespun, with modifications to fit a smaller woman’s hand (but a hand not small enough to be a child’s hand – it’s a fine balance). I’m not thrilled with the pattern. I think I’ll have…

Snow day

Today was a snow day here in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We got about 25cm (that’s a little shy of a foot, for those among you who are of the Imperial Forces) in the span of around 12 hours, with high winds and treacherous driving conditions. Sane people stayed home, baked bread, made chili and did…

Spin, span, spun

Spent some time over the past few days finishing up a batch of fibre that is supposed to be a heavier-weight yarn than I usually spin. Contrary to what innocent bystanders might think, spinning thicker yarn after having gotten into the groove of thinner yarn is quite tricky. I wanted this to have a lumpier,…

Lazy Saturday

Of course, just the title of this post alone should guarantee that today will spin utterly out of control and become the usual frenzied weekend of ambitious over-accomplishment, punctuated by dashes of frustration, and overlaid with a haze of exhaustion. The snow has suddenly melted (This is Newfoundland. That happens.) which means that running is…

Craft of the Day: Roz Ford’s jewellry

I’ve been trying to think on how to update my index of craftspeople while keeping them current and making it interesting, and decided that I will spend the next while writing “Craft of the Day” posts. Each day I will find a product (some will be from the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador’s shop,…

In the mail today

A week or two ago I ordered a Jacob Fleece from Counting Sheep Farm. This particular fleece came from a ewe named “Miriam” and is quite lovely. I really didn’t know what to expect, since Jacob sheep are highly variable creatures. You can end up with what looks like wool from half a dozen different…

Shop update

Just did a quick shop update and popped a few new items in! Heading off to the post office now to ship a couple of orders…

The Brother Drumcarder: a video

I’ve gotten a few requests for a video of my Brother drumcarder in action, so here it is. I did not tidy the studio before doing this video. Mea culpa. It’s 11 min 43 sec long, but if you’re one of the folks who are wondering what it’s like before you buy, it just might…