Roving, Roving, Roving…

True: That’s what I sing to myself when I dye roving, to the tune of the Rawhide theme.

I’m fully aware I have issues. And quite possibly have been hanging around the acid dyes for too long! 😉

This weekend my mom and I dyed 20 8-ounce bundles, here are 18 of them, the others have already been on the wheel:

I still have 10 pounds on hand to dye when my friend Jen comes out here in September! I’m so excited! I will also have a recent order of commercial wool yarn in by then, I have a feeling we’re going to be a couple of fiber dyeing fiends while she’s here! I haven’t seen her in over a year, I miss her terribly! 😀

Back to the day job, wheeeee.

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One more day please?!

I’ve done it, I’ve reached the point where I’m physically starting to feel the burn out from work. You know, my day job that doesn’t involve anything yarny? I feel like all I do is beg for more time to get everything accomplished, it kind of sucks.

Ah well, the bills have to be paid and until I can figure out how to take over the world with yarn this is my reality.

That said, I had a very productive weekend yarn-wise and am pleased with what I accomplished:

Special Order for Etsian RoaringBravado:

Sea Sea Sea, 465 Yards:

Rainbow Dog! 160 yards, Chiengora from Koda the Samoyed:

Estelle: 150 yards merino and novelty yarn:

Hidalgo 200 yards

Farfalla: 180 yards

Violetta: 164 yards

Grotto: 192 yards

Rainbow Dog!

My husband’s mom has two Samoyeds. They have the most beautiful snow white fur that is so incredibly soft. She’s been saving combings for me for a long time and I’ve been toying with dyeing some of the fur. I’ve spun just white and it was gorgeous, but the idea of rainbow chiengora would not get out of my head! So today I dyed up just about all I had, almost a laundry basket full! I can’t wait for this to dry so I can start spinning!

Photos of finished yarn as soon as I can manage it!

Look, I actually made something!

O.k. yes, occassionally I do make things with my own yarn! I’ve wanted to make felted bowls for a while now but I just don’t have the patience to knit them. I went in search of crocheted bowl patterns to felt and found a couple that worked exactly as I wanted them to. One in particular I bought at Etsy from this seller: http://www.timaryart.etsy.com

They went together fast, these I did in about an hour. The yarn is my own handspun, it is rainbow merino wool that I carded and spun a couple weeks ago. The skein I used was 112 yards, I have about 15 yards left after making four bowls.

Dimensions for bowls are as follows from largest to smallest:

Bowl 1: 4 inches across by 2.25 inches tall.

Bowl 2: 3.5 inches across by 2 inches tall.

Bowl 3: 3 inches across by 1.75 inches tall.

Bowl 4: 2.5 inches across by 1.5 inches tall.

Felting them was a breeze, I’m going to make more to see if they’ll sell at the craft show I will be going to in November.

Take nothing for granted.

I’m still around!

That Tour de Fleece completely kicked my butt!

I’ve been busy as usual though, just moving forward with spinning and carding new batts. I don’t have a whole lot of time to dye roving, but my mom does a great job of it and I have shared my recipe book with her so that she can recreate some of my favorite color ways. She enjoys doing it, I am more than happy to share the fiber love!

Spinning has kept my mind calmer than usual lately. My brother was in a horrible accident on his job site last Friday (he’s a carpenter) and lost three of his fingers in a saw. He was airlifted to Denver and had two surgeries to reattach the severed fingers. The first surgery was 8.5 hours long, the second 5.5 hours. He permanently lost portions of his pinky and middle fingers, his ring finger was successfully reattached in the second surgery.  His first finger was very badly mangled but not severed and was mended.

I’ve always thought that one of the worst things that could happen to people in my family who rely so heavily on the use of their hands to create things would be to endure injuries that could keep us from doing what we love.

Fortunately, my brother is strong in body and spirit and I know he’s going to be o.k. A long and likely painful recovery is ahead of him, but he seems to be up to the challenge and we’ll all be there to help him along. So far the reattachment is a success, yesterday was the 48 hour mark that would make or break the attempt and he passed it with no problems. Hopefully the rest of his healing journey will go as smoothly as possible for him and he’ll be back to making beautiful things soon.