The past few days have been stay in and play with fluff days. With one of the fiber retreats coming up in late February, I decided to dye some of the Merino that I acquired last summer after jointly sending two fleeces off for processing. Using my soap pots and food safe dye, I dyed three 4 oz braids. Today they were dry and labelled.
With them is a 205 yard skein of Merino/Alpaca yarn that I spun that will go with 2 other 200+ yard skeins. There are 3 more braids of Merino and one of Cormo to dye. All of these will be for sale at the retreat.
Yesterday, two of my wheels, a bag and basket of fiber, tools, and drop spindles made by me were hauled over to Wilderness Road Regional Museum. The museum is closed in the winter except for appointments, but three of the volunteers had been asking for spinning lessons and I went to provide some instruction. They were each given a length of roving and a drop spindle and started on some basic drafting and spinning techniques after some wool sampling. They were then given the opportunity to work with one of the wheels, the walking wheel that I repaired there and my wheels.
It was a fun time, spreading the knowledge. After the lesson, another of the great wheels in the museum was repaired by me, so now two of the wheels there are functional. A spindle has been ordered by me to repair the third walking wheel displayed there. Having three functional great wheels there will mean I don’t have to haul mine over there for events.
Today, the ice from last weekend’s storm had mostly melted away, except for sheltered and shaded areas, like right in front of our garage, so we left to run errands and get groceries. While we were out it started to snow again and the predicted trace was rapidly accumulating.
We got home to this around 2:30 p.m. and by dark there were several inches on the ground and wintery mix to top it overnight. We may awake tomorrow to a repeat of the weekend. Sunday is supposed to start in the low 40’s and fall all day to 7ºf with a very cold Monday.
Recently, I signed up for a three year program called Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em, a project to promote threatened, endangered breeds of sheep. Shepherds that raise those breeds join and sell fleece, processed fiber, or yarn and fiber artists spin, knit, crochet, felt, weave at least 4 ounces of as many of the breeds as they can obtain. I ordered 4 ounces of Jacob roving, a threatened breed from Hobbyknob Farm. It arrived today and I spun the 1 ounce tri color part of it this evening.
There is a 3 ounce bump of gray roving to spin. The Tri color spun to 64 yards of delightful fingering weight yarn. Once the gray is spun, both will be knit into Fingerless mitts and a hat.
Today, I ordered 4 ounces of Romeldale CVM, another threatened breed from Marushka Farm. It is fun to explore spinning and knitting some breeds that I have not previously used and supporting the continuation of these breeds.
Tomorrow, if the weather conditions and roads permit, we will drive back to Wytheville and I will put leathers and a drive band on the Great Wheel at the Edith Bolling Wilson Museum and try to get it functional.