Handspinning: Fleece washing day

Monday was part 1 of fleece washing day!

That  Swaledale fleece that my Mum and Dad got on their recent trip to North Yorkshire England turned out to be quite good. For two people that have little knowledge of fleece purchasing, they did really well. Little dirtier than would have gone for, but no chafe. 

I suspect this sheep was raised outdoors as there is almost no matting over the hind quarters, and has some  weathered tips along the mid-line.

Whoever skirted it did a great job. There are some second cuts down the sides, but not unreasonable amount.

Swaledale fleece hand delivered from North Yorkshire. Now for washing and Spinning!

Swaledale fleece hand delivered from North Yorkshire. Now for washing and Spinning!

I estimate that my fleece is 10 to 15 Ibs unwashed. Think I may loose 10%, still lots left. Opening windows, basement smells petite barnyard. 

How I wash fleece, I have done this for years. 

Top loading Washing Machine

Why?

The spin cycle quite literally sucks out most of the dirt and water out of the fleece leaving it only damp. Did you know that the spin cycle on a washing machine is about 200 G’s, that’s more than shooting a rocket into space!  I used to hand wash in a trug, wet fleece + water weighs a ton, and drip drying takes forever. Someone suggested this method and I have never looked back. And the largest water containing tub in your house? No brainer. I do wipe out and rinse my machine with Javex afterward however. My repair guy, (which I have only seen once with an old machine) told me that the lanolin is good for the pump.

 

1st Quarter fleece: Started with the Hind quarters, This section over the haunches is yielding staple lenghts 8 to 10″ great for woolcoming. and worsted spinning. 

I use Ivory Dawn Dish soap, (the blue one). Use a non hand softener dish soap to clean and scour. The Ph can be corrected with 1/4 cup of vinegar in the rinse water. 

Important: Fleece needs to swim in the water, so do only 2 or 3 Ibs at a time or it will not be able to let go of the dirt.

How?

*Soaking in the hottest water that your top loading washing machine will produce. Fill tank, turn off machine, squirt some Blue Ivory dawn (difficult to find these days) add fleece and soak for 20 to 30 mins. Spin out dirty water (make sure that the machine doesn’t add any water into the tub at this point), once spun out gently lift fleece out of tank,* repeat then rinse fleece without soap. 

I use an old screen door.

I use an old screen door.

Lay out in thin layer to dry on a screen. Will feel dry long before it is dry. Leave for at least 24hrs flipping once.

Important note! 

Hot to hotter water only, and do not agitate!

Hot to cold = felt,

Soap+hot water+agitation= felt

Put it into soak, put your hands in your pockets, DO NOT POKE!

My fleece took 2 soaks one rinse. 

I figure I have 4 more loads to do. 

As far as knitting this week, I finished 3 Piles of Smiles Cowls

Will be available in Willows Pocket my etsy shop in November.

Will be available in Willows Pocket my etsy shop in November.

4 great colours!

3 colours, I am knitting a Hot pink one too.

3 colours, I am knitting a Hot pink one too.

And an Infinity of stash Cowl for the Church Bazaar next Saturday

Totally Austentatious my new literary blog is now open too!

All in all a very busy week :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Quicksilver Lace Shrug started Sept 5/14
  2. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  3. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  4. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf  

FO’s 2014 = 37 + 3 = 40

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 65 + 3 = 68

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 27 + 2 = 29

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

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Fair fun!

Well I had a great fair this year! 

We demonstrated Handspinning and Knitting on Sunday.

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn't come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is the same ;0)

This is last years pic as I forgot my camera. Gwen was ill and couldn’t come and it was nice and warm, so no sweaters. Otherwise everything is just the same ;0)

5 -1st prizes 

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 4 -2nd, 2 -3rd, 1- 4th, 3 honorable mentions 

I didn't include the non-winners in this photo

I didn’t include the non-winners in this photo

1st – Dress socks 

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

Special feature: Simple texture design goes down the back of the heel.

1st Hat 

Andy Cap

Andy Cap

1st Mittens 

Front and back

Front and back

1st Boot Cuffs (other knitted)

Really pleased with these!

Really pleased with these!

1st Handspun skein 

Handpainted superwash Lambswool "Mixed Gladioli" from Alchemy Fibre Designs

Handpainted superwash Lambswool “Mixed Gladioli” from Alchemy Fibre Designs

2nd – Glass sweatsuit 

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3rd – Shawl 

Glam shell Shawl

Glam shell Shawl

3rd – Socks work 

Toddler Tootsies

Toddler Tootsies

2nd – Handcrafted jewellry 

Bracelet

Bracelet

2nd – Artical Handspun 

100% wool

100% wool

And I won a $30.00 gift certificate from my LYS, for most points!

All in all lots of fun!

And the Funniest blog post of the week! Lol 

WIP List = 9 (doing a little list trimming)

  1. My Favourite Top-Down Clog Socks 
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  9. Simplicity Lace Scarf 

FO’s 2014 = 34

WIPS 2014 = 9

 Stash Used 2014 = 60

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 = 313 yds

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 23

Thanks again, cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Back to Baby Knitting

Well, baby season is coming to a close. Only two more babies to go. Happy to report the first 3 Moms and babies are all healthy and well.

A Sun Hat #3 

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Tweed Baby Blanket 

Icord edge adds a nice touch. I'm about 1/4 way round.

Icord edge adds a nice touch. I’m about 1/4 way round.

Remember June 8, 2014 is International Yarn Bombing Day

and lastly an article you should read

Six Words You Should Say Today to someone you love :0)

WIP List = 11

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. Simplicity Lace Scarf  
  11. Clog socks – for DH as Anniversary gift
  12. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14 finished June 5/14

FO’s 2014 = 24 + 1 = 25

WIPS 2014 = 11 + 1 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 46

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 13

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Wed: Been and Gone :0(

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Hey, the boy came home early from a 12 day business trip today! We spoiled him silly, Roast Beef dinner with all the trimmings, took him out to a movie, made him mow the lawn, and help plant the veggie garden. 

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And pull the old dry stocks from the Wild Flower/ Butterfly Garden along the back fence. 

In a few weeks will be gorgeous!

In a few weeks will be gorgeous!

Then this morning he is off on 10 day holiday with my parents to visit family in the States.  I really miss him when he is way.  He may be all grown up but I still text him to remind him to brush his teeth… makes him laugh. Hey I’m a Mom!

June 8, 2014 is International Yarn Bombing Day 

The options are endless!

The options are endless!

June 14-22, 2014 –  World Wide Knit in Public Day

Looks like my group will be knitting in public on the 18th 

And my Ravelry Carry Along Kal Forum has been busy voting for the next 3 great summer projects. Fun, and creative group II would highly recommend.

My 30th Anniversary and my 3rd 18th Birthday is also this month ;0)

One exciting month!

Toddler Tootsies! 

Well only one more pair to go.

Well only one more pair to go.

Beryl Blanket

63 + 4 = 67 Hexes

85 Hexes

FYI: An interesting artical on Picking up Stitches by Yarnharlot

WIP List = 12

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  6. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  7. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  8. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  9. My Fair Cardi Started Apr 8/14
  10. A Sun Hat #3  started Apr 11/14
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf 
  12. Toddler Tootsies! 

FO’s 2014 =23 + 1 = 24

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 45 + 1 = 46

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 12 + 1 = 13

Thanks again cya Friday :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’sthen on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Fab Friday: Another Butterflies Shawl

Friday

Things are getting a little dull around here.  In an effort to perk things up I am going to start my Friday posts with a teezer, a quote or a picture. The first person to identify where or what it is gets… Drum roll please, a pattern from my Ravelry Shop! Ya, I know cool ah :0)

The Game Question #2: Who said this?

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Last Fridays winner was chrisknits, the right answer was “Peter Pan” :0)

Please contact me with your choice from my Ravelry shop.

Butterflies Shawl in Bulky My design (version 2)

This pattern is now available at my Ravelry shop for a very reasonable consideration ;0)

Bright red and cushy!

Bright red and cushy!

I like how it curls up around my neck

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I am thinking this could be a gift for a friend that is in 4th stage cancer.

Live Simply posted about making your own Homemade Laundry soap. Must give this a try 🙂

WIP List = 11

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  9. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  10. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  11. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14
  12. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit Finished Mar 26/14

FO’s 2014 =16 + 1 = 17

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 36 + 1 = 37

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Winter Olympics: Let the games begin!

Ravellenic Games 2014 

Team Canada

Team Canada

Events

For my Green Entries

Some sorting is necessary as I can only use a each project once in green events :0(

  1. Alpine Abode Enhancement ( coffee Cup sweater)
  2. Free Dance (Drip Stopper) 
  3. Hat Halfpipe (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!)
  4. Mitten Moguls (O Canada Mittens
  5. Short-Track Shawls (?)
  6. WIPs Dancing (Buttermere Shawl)

 For Purple Entries

  1. Charity Curling (Another Pair of Mittens, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater, Drip Stopper)
  2. Junior Ravellenics (Another Pair of Mittens
  3. Lace Luge (Buttermere Shawl, Woodland Sprite Bonnet )
  4. Nordic Colorwork Combined (A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, O Canada Mittens, coffee Cup sweater
  5. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Another Pair of Mittens)
  6. Stash Skeleton (Buttermere Shawl and A toque fit for a Canuck, eh!, Woodland Sprite Bonnet, coffee Cup sweater ,Drip Stopper)

Lined up and ready

Couple of parcels have more than 1 project.

Couple of parcels have more than 1 project.

Pattern list: 7 in 17 days

First up!

coffee Cup sweater

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Then

Woodland Sprite Bonnet 

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 and

Another Pair of Mittens 

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I am using strategy here. All these patterns are multiple events. They are quick and easy :0)

Blog visiting:

Treehugger did a lovely post ” Don’t stop knitting! It keeps you healthy”.

The WIP’s List will be back after the Olympics :0)

Ravellenic 2014 wips = 7

FO’s 2014 =  7

WIPS 2014 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 24

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 3

Thanks again cya at the Finishing line :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com 

WIP Weds: Getting Ready for Ravellenic 2014

With only two days to go to the Olympics

and the opening of the Ravellenic Games 2014. Maybe I should explain… I am a member of an online knitting group that is international, with a couple of million members. Each Olympics we run parallel games for knitters that reflect events that are happening at the games. The last time I participated was in 2012, it was such fun. I joined Team Canada and am making a run at 12 medals this time, in 17 days!

Team Canada

I’m on Team Canada

The events I plan to enter. I think most of this is possible for me.

These are doubling for LYS yarn Challenge as well as Ravellenic. Both are on at the same time.

These are doubling for LYS yarn Challenge as well as Ravellenic. Both are on at the same time.

For my (6) Green events

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  1. Charity Curling (Coffee Cup Sweater)
  2. Junior Ravellenics (Baby Hat) Woodland Sprite Bonnet
  3. Lace Luge (Shawlette Baby hat]8)Buttermere
  4. Nordic Colorwork Combined (Adult Hat)
  5. Single-Skein Speed Skate (Mittens)
  6. Stash Skeleton (Mittens)
Buttermere: Almost ready for the lace edge, woohoo!

Buttermere: Almost ready for the lace edge, woohoo!

Pattern list: 5 in 17 days

Everything is set: Patterns, yarns, needles, neat little parcels.

Meanwhile I have been entertaining myself reading and working on;

Book: Mr. Darcy’s Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson Really good, I highly recommend it.

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Butterfly’s shawl test knit

and a new year for the Scrap Jar

January 2014, clippings from projects.

January 2014, clippings from projects.

Blog visiting: Fountly posted an interesting article on how and why she had a knitting related injury. I thought you might like to read it. Insightful and creative 🙂

WIP List = 11

  1. Buttermere  my Kal for Dec/13 (on hold for Ravellenic Games)
  2. My Favourite Scarf Ever  Started Nov 2/13
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  9. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  10. Butterfly’s shawl started Jan 30/14
  11. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14

 FO’s 2014 =  7

WIPS 2014 = 11

Ravellenic 2014 wips = 5

 Stash Used 2014 = 24

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 2 + 1 = 3

Thanks again cya at the Starting line :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Find me at my Etsy shop: Willows Pocket and on Ravelry.com 

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