Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
From the sheep to the whatever.
Actually, from bags of dirty fiber to yarn.
After picking through it and removing as much of the vegetable matter as possible it went into
mesh laundry bags.
Then out to the kitchen.
Into hot soapy water to soak.
Some were very dirty and required repeated soaking while some only needed a couple of soaks. I was careful not to change the temperature of the water throughout the process.
I used shampoo for the first few and then switched to Dawn.
It is easier to rinse the fiber washed in shampoo. The dawn seems to need more rinsing and I ended up felting a bag of alpaca fiber trying to rinse out all the soap. Into the trash it went. Less soap from now on.
I used a few drops of lavender oil in the final rinse.
This Chesterfield wool was washed a few days ago. I had it drying on the sweater drying rack, on the deck and the wind blew it everywhere. My driveway looked like a sheep exploded.
These net laundry baskets hung on the railing work well.
The fiber stays put and drys well in the sun and wind.
Washing small batches at a time.
The process is time consuming and I haven't put a dent in the bags of dirty fiber.
Learning as I go.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Yesterday was a day for cooking lots of healthy food.
Enough for a few days and also some to freeze for a later time.
Today I will force myself to organize, purge, or clean something, but not sure what.
Brain fog and lack of motivation have taken over for now, but I will try to be positive and push through it. Winter is tough for me, but it won't last forever. Spring and sunshine will be here before you know it.
Friday, January 12, 2018
We've had warmer temps here in PA for the past three days and it has caused a thaw and a breakup of the ice in the nearby creek.
It must have flooded over night.
There are huge chunks of ice at the halfway point between my house and the creek.
We've never had this happen here before.
The sound of the ice crashing into each other was crazy.
It's pouring rain now and the temp is dropping rapidly.
We are expecting freezing rain and 8 inches of snow tonight.
I can live without it for sure.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Haven't seen a human face in three days now.
It's times like this that I really miss my dog.
Felted up a few wool beads just to keep from going nuts.
Started out with a bit of needle felting,
then wet felted them.
Needle felted a few mushrooms as well.
Untangled some yarn and rolled it into some balls.
Better than watching TV.
Nettle, hemp, jute and silk.
Spools under glass.
The cold, snow and ice are depressing the hell out of me.
Hope you all are coping better than I am.
Posted by Karen Larko at 6:21 AM