Sometimes I wish I could clone myself. I need several of "me"to keep up with all the things I want to do. Or more hours in the day. Mostly it would be nice to have an extra me to do the cleaning and cooking so I can pursue the creative stuff that is supposed to be my job now. Anyway, lately I have been dividing my time between keeping the Etsy Shop going and feeding my yarn/knitting/spinning addiction. And as if that was not enough I have decided that I need to dye my own yarn. For those that are curious here's the latest in some of those endeavors...
I am really having fun with these little guys and frankly surprised myself that I have not ditched the project due to its immensity.
In the spinning department of Olliff Studio I have been improving my consistency and learning the differences in spinning various fibers. Alpaca spins very different than wools and I even tried "spinning in the grease" (spinning un washed wool right of the sheep) and learned how to Navajo ply which is a lot of fun.
|Merino/Tencel I picked up in a lovely little shop in Piedmont|
|Spun & plied|
|Alpaca/Silk from a shop in Oakland called A Verb for Keeping Warm|
|half a hank spun|
|About 200 yards spun and plied|
After I finish spinning the chocolate I am hoping I have enough to make this:
|It was meant to be. The pattern is called "Deb"|
Dyeing is not as productive as I would like. I finally dove in and did a little but it is intimidating…
|First dyeing attempt (sorry the lighting was bad)|
|I took all the bits of merino, alpaca and silk in the previous image (minus the skeins) and spun them end-to-end. |
Not much yardage but it was fun to see how they spin.
Oh...and then there is weaving. I have a small table loom that has been in storage for about 30 years. I think I wove a stupid wall hanging on it and then lost interest but I'm really glad I still have it because I suddenly have the urge to use it. More on that later.
See why I need to look into cloning?