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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spin Therapy

I'm taking a break from washing fiber this week and doing a little spinning.
This was created from all the bits I saved from cleaning the carder.
No plan- no stress.
Loving the fluffy messiness of this.
I'm trying to relax and not try too hard.
Sort of meditating I guess.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

From Sheep to Whatever

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.
Some mohair.
Some alpaca.
Some Chesterfield.

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.
Karen






Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Mid Winter

Snow
Dead
Cold
Gray
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.
Karen

Friday, January 12, 2018

Ice In The Back Yard

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 was snapping large low hanging branches.
I have a feeling we will have some downed trees.
I just can't get over the size and thickness of this ice.

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.
Karen

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Simple Felting

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.
Karen


Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back here again........

Not sure why .........trying to knit again.
Been here and there.
A few good weeks.
Exploring places.
Trying to be present.

Thanks girls for taking time to comment on my last post about missing Jackson.

Karen