August 26, 2016

More spinning, from the lock

This is Leicester wool.  Pretty luster, no crimp, just sort of wavy.  I should dye some of this, I bet it will be stunning.  

August 22, 2016

Green silk

Spider egg sacs. Green spider silk. I wonder if it can be stretched out like a silk hanky? A really small one.

August 6, 2016

The Romney

Takes forever to fill a bobbin when spinning skinny singles. And I'm not even sure why I'm spinning so fine. I guess the fleece made me do it. 

August 4, 2016

Found it!

For weeks, I've noticed evidence of a leaf muncher on my tomato plants, but I could never spot the culprit. This morning I found fresh frass (yup, I learned a new word, the proper name for caterpillar poop) beneath one of the plants. Looking above the droppings, I spotted the poop producer. As a little girl, 'horn worms' gave me the willies, what with the way they rear up at you when you touch them, and the fact that they're 'worms' with this giant, bad-ass looking spike at one end. Now, I think they're pretty, in a way, and they turn into really cool moths, but as caterpillars, I still think they're icky. 

While there haven't been many fiber related posts making it onto the blog, I am still fiber active. I finished spinning the last of the Shetland fleece, I think this is the first time I can say I've spun or otherwise used up an entire fleece. Now I'm spinning Romney, and I feel like I've finally really gotten the hang of spinning from the lock. It seems like the perfect way to spin long wavy locks. 

July 18, 2016

Let's Face It, Puppies Get All the Camera Time

It's been a long time, maybe since I was a little girl, that I had a puppy that had a tail to chase. Reese has her own way of doing things.