Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Two Turns Into Three

Lots of grey days here:

hot tub snow
The hot tub and picnic table, under the weight of snows this week. Also:

bird feeder snow

While this is a shot of the bird feeder, the real news is the heavy tree branches in the background. These (and many others like them) are the branches that break, drop phone lines and power lines, and leave us in the dark, often this winter, and sometimes for days on end.

Luckily, spinning is people powered, and can be done in dim light, as in the light of oil I've been spinning:

bfl silk bobbins and fiber

Blue Faced Leicester wool blended with tussah silk. It was donated by Ashland Bay Fibers, and sold at SOAR in Bend (2009) to raise funds for the SOAR scholarship program, and for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.

I managed to buy three packets, two of which I've spun up during recent power outages/days on end of rain and snow, onto these three bobbins. I have one packet left, or another bobbin and a half (approximately), all of which is spinning up to a weaving yarn of 56 WPI in the singles. I will ply this and I will also dye it. I've been dreaming of colors as I spin: I'm sick of grey at this point, in the weather and the fiber. So next up:

alpaca silk

A little more color! This is Alpaca Silk that I bought at The Spinning Loft in January (Michigan in January? I was going for More Color then too). I'll start this on spindles, because I'll be traveling next week. A little of this should brighten any day.

Speaking of brighten any day:

marin in high chair2

This is who I will be traveling to visit :).


Blogger Lynn said...

OK, that much snow? In March? Wrong! Make it go away - poof! And while that's lovely, lovely SOAR fiber and I should really spin mine, why did you start spinning gray in March? Gray should be spun in August, not March. And I think you need more grandkids; you need to spread all the loving around more before she gets spoiled!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Freyalyn said...

*We* have spring here - buds are bursting, the river is warming, and the sun is bright and yellow!! What colour is the bfl going to be?

2:58 AM  
Blogger Gloria19 said...

You are coming to Colorado. You
will plz to leave the snow in
sunny California. thanx

10:31 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

WEAVE IT. Ha. I've been wondering what to do with my 3 bags of that fibre: lovely, soft and shiny, but so limp. Weave it. Now there's a plan!

Have a lovely trip :-)

2:16 AM  
Blogger weavinfool said...

Hey! Scrape off the hot
tub - it was a family heirloom and, furthermore, you can use the water from it to flush toilets when you lose power! I used it to do that very thing. Now I use a huge plastic tub filled with water just in case we lose power. I can deal with low light, but no toilets is pushing it too far for me.

Your granddaughter is just beautiful. I had a delicate baby too. Now she's 5'2" and pregnant and hardly delicate at all at 37 years. They grow up, things change.

I'm waiting for the weather to change.

I spun up some camel down/silk and it seemed awfully stiff and harsh. Maybe I should make pot scrubbers with it.

(DH cleaned the bathroom if you need a shower.)

P.S. The verification word for this comment is 'colder'- how did they know?

7:38 AM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I'm with you on the weather. We've had the sunshine of a granddaughter for a week and being able to spin when the power is out is a feeble second to that. I'm weary of this weather too.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too live in the mountains. Although the Santa Cruz Mountains don't get as much snow as often, high winds and power outages are no stranger. The Bogo light is my solution to spinning, weaving, cooking, knitting in the dark. These solar-energized lights not only are bright and easy to use and recharge, but also when you buy one, another one is sent to someone who lives where there is no power! I love them and have given one to everyone in my family.

And we're no strangers to scraping snow off hot tubs. You do what you have to do!

7:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am so glad you were able to grab some of our Mixed BFL / Silk blend at SOAR! Would love to see what it looked like dyed up.

-Megan @ Ashland Bay

10:06 AM  

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