Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things
Last weekend was the twice a year Fiber Retreat that I attend each February/March. The group was a bit smaller this time, but the company was fun, the food was good (they finally got a restaurant manager that knows what she is doing), and it was a pretty good vending event.
I came home with a Jacob pelt to sit on, especially when I am on a hard chair at Living history events or retreats.
Additionally, I came home with a gift of 5 raw fleeces, two are Jacobs, one of my new favorites from Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em. Some of the fleeces are going to be shared with a friend that raises Mohair goats, but at least one Jacob is going to be processed by me when I finish spinning my 15 breeds.
Prior to leaving, a new found social media friend and I were talking and she makes felted hats among other things. Several years ago, I walked away at SAFF from a felted hat that I adored and have regretted it since. Friend says she can make me one. Some back and forth over style and color and since I wanted to use one of my woven tapes for the hat band, a price was set and this arrived shortly after my return.
What fun to wear. Such a great purchase.
The week has been spent continuing to recover from our auto accident. We each had another visit with our physician and each had another orthopedic manipulation done to try to loosen up the tight soreness from the whiplash and another discussion about how long the brain fog, headaches, and dizziness when I bend down will last from the concussion. It is such a hassle to deal with the discomfort and all the insurance issues when we were not at fault. The car is in the shop and is supposed to be ready by Monday afternoon more than a month after the accident.
The week has also been spent doing some spinning, finishing two more breeds for the challenge and spinning up a “black” Rambouilett Dorset few ounces and an orange Coopworth few ounces that I had planned to ply together, but didn’t like the way the sample looked knitted, so they were plyed on themselves. The other two spun were Tunis, originally from Tunisia, and Black Welsh Mountain originally from Wales. The Black Welsh Mountain is on the threatened list and the Tunis is on the watch list from the Livestock Conservancy.
Currently I am spinning Hog Island, origin Britian and US and Florida Cracker, origin Spain, both on the critical list. My last breed to make 15 is going to be Cotswold and it is on it’s way to me via mail.
Yesterday we awoke to it snowing and though the roads never really got bad, we had a few inches. Some of the daylilies had broken ground and their tender tips got burned. They will recover with spring thinking about making it’s way to the mountains. The Autumn Joy didn’t seem to mind the snow.
For the past couple of months, the kitchen sink drain has been sluggish. I have tried all of the “natural” cures, baking soda and vinegar; washing soda and boiling water to no avail. Last night while cleaning up from dinner, it didn’t drain and sat with a couple of inches of water in it all night. This morning, I poured a cup or so of vinegar into the standing water and we went out to breakfast and the Farmers’ Market. On the way home, a stop at the hardware store and a 15′ drain snake was purchased.
Though I have done other plumbing repairs including removing a toilet, clearing it and reinstalling it with a new wax ring when our youngest (now in his 30s) tried to flush a Burger King Capital Critter unsuccessfully), installing a new garbage disposal in a house about 30 years ago, clearing P traps and tub drains, this was my first experience with the snake, fortunately not requiring any real contortions due to continued soreness. There is now one in the house for future use and I feel more confident in its use.