I got some cool socks (seconds) from an online friend who makes looper rugs. Well, before she cut them up I was lucky enough to have her send a pair to me so I could make this adorable monkey. I'm hoping she'll come up with a kit form for making more cuz these are some really nice socks. I checked the dollar store for some other possible socks-but the selection was not good. Gotta find a source for some cheap socks to make a few more-some folks I know want me to make more.
What to do when the power goes out for 2 hours? Hmmmm? How about a little experiment with the home made hackle? I lashed on some pretty colors of roving, some sparkle, and got out a metal washer to use as a diz. This was my first attempt at dizzing roving off a hackle. I found that the "pass" from right to left went well. The left to right not so much on the first try. But I gave it another whirl, and it worked out pretty well. I spun up my little rovings into a thick and thin single, and then plied it with some funky textured pink I had on another bobbin. It's only about 10 yards, but it's very pretty-the picture doesn't do it justice. It was a nice way to spend 2 hours without power.
I hate doing laundry! BUT.....this was definitely way more fun than regular old laundry. I had been spinning yarns and not setting the twist because I was waiting for the time and the weather to all work together. Today was the day! I found a better way than "thwacking" the yarn to finish it. I just spun it around by hand out on my deck and it helped to remove a bit of some extra twist and the excess water-the neighbors probably wondered what the heck I was doing. So now I just have to wait for the sun and warm breeze to do their stuff, and of course I have to decide what to do with all that yarn.
Well, I have my work cut out for me. I just made a purchase from Lael (of Maplewood North/Hearthside Fibers). Three very nice bags of smooshy soft wool. My house smells like a barn at the moment-it's not a smell I dislike at all. The dark brown/black is from a Shetland named Brie. I had gotten her fleece last year and loved it so much I reserved it for this year. (I'm still not through all of last year's) Then I got a nice white Shetland named Vanilla. The third bag is a white Coopworth (no name). All look very promising for making some wonderful yarns. So let the washing begin! (Shhh-don't tell my plumber)
I'm feeling a bit blue these last couple of days. I decided to sell my floor loom due to some financial "woes". She hopefully is enjoying her new home somewhere in Minnesota. I felt like I was selling one of my children, Weird. So, to help me move on, I warped up my rigid heddle loom to weave along to the pool party theme with the Saori weaving group on Ravelry. I've only just gotten started. It'll be a scarf-just kind of wild and crazy. A mood "picker-upper", I hope.