One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

My day

May 9th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there. I hope your day was as nice as mine. My day started off much later than it normally does. I didn’t wake up until the phone rang at 10AM, which is about 3 hours or so later than normal. Oh there is the rare weekend when I get to sleep until almost 9, but this was a luxury! It was almost too much sleep! As a result, I did a bit of lazing around.

Yesterday I finished up the Campfire singles on the Bordua and plied it with the Womack. Surprise surprise, I even pulled out the skein winder and wound it off the bobbin without making it sit around for ages. I did that with the other two bobbins of plied yarn that had been living on my dresser. Waiting. Here’s the trio of new yarns awaiting a bath:
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From front to back:

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3 ply Crown Mountain Farm in Shala, which has been aging in stash since 2006 ūüôā ¬†It measures 314yds and is a fingering weight. ¬†I spun it on the Tina using the standard flyer and the faster whorl.

Next is Freckleface Fibers in Denimy, I believe. ¬†It is two-ply measuring 374 yds also spun on the Tina. ¬†I’m pretty sure I started this the Catskill spin-in in February but my memory is a tad rusty. ¬† Whatever it is, I’m liking it ūüôā

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Finally, the two ply from SeeKay, superwash merino in the Campfire colorway.  If memory serves, I purchased it at the Catskill spin-in in February.  This ended up being 358 yds.

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I’ve got some Into the Whirled falkland wool on the CPW now.

I didn’t spin today, however. ¬†I know. ¬†If you’ve been around here for previous mother’s days, I usually spend the day outside with the kids and a wheel. ¬†Not today. ¬†To darn cold. ¬†Brrrrr. ¬†And windy. ¬†Not great outside spinning weather. ¬†Didn’t mean that I didn’t do anything crafty. ¬†Oh no.

I decided it was time to quit being a wimp, break out the warping reel that I bought on eBay and get busy on those towels I’ve wanted to weave since I got the Baby Wolf. The 24 ends an inch wasn’t the daunting part, but the fact that I needed to measure out 442 ends. ¬†{Shudder} That’s alot of ends! ¬†I don’t believe I’ve ever done anything that intense. ¬†Probably cause I’m a wuss.

So while the twins played with the Wii:

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I got busy winding:

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442 ends at 6 yards each. ¬†That’s a lot of yarn. ¬†After having measured out 350 ends, counting them into 50 end bundles, I finally figured an easier way of counting. ¬†I pulled out one of them clickers I used to use for knitting and held that while I wound on. ¬†As I turned the peg at the end, I’d click. ¬†The last 92 ends went far faster that way. ¬†Hopefully I’ll remember this approach the next time. ¬†No. ¬†I did not dress the loom yet ūüôā ¬†That’s a monster for another day. I’m weaving a pattern that I got from Webs. ¬†It has been sitting around in the box long enough that I can’t remember what the weft color is! ¬†I think it might be a cranberry red, but I wouldn’t put money on that.

So now I’m going to kick back, fold some laundry and watch the Sox hopefully take ONE from the Evil Empire. ¬†Hope you all had a good day.

Craft on!

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