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Back to Hatting!

The urge to swatch and play with colors has launched me back into hat mode-

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And between SuperGeeen leftovers and newly tinctured Esther fleece, I’ve got lots of fun shades to play with!

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Dug into the yarn stash a little bit for one currently on the needles-

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I do love the rhythm of stranded colorwork and watching the pattern emerge .

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Was also able to get a little spinning done this weekend, and washed up my Dottie fleece!

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And I have to give a little shoutout to Reine de Violettes, who is putting on quite a show out in the garden.

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So proud of that girl. I raised her from a cutting! 🙂

Reclaiming Felix seconds

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I probably should have started with the “best of”, but I had Felix seconds from the cleanup shearing a couple of weeks ago sitting around in the laundry room, so I thought I’d get them washed up. It’s really nice wool, there was lots of little veg and grit, weathered and felted tips, and scurf. Ugh.

So I had to pull out the combs. It was a little short for combing, but most of it lashed on ok. Lots of waste left over (maybe use that for stuffing something), but what I did get drawn off t he combs is pretty sweet

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yay 🙂

And knitting-wise, I’ve retreated to my hat comfort zone

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using some of the freshly dyed Esther wool from last week and leftover greens from the SuperGreen sweater.

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there’s just something about that little circle motif that is very comforting to knit.

Tidying Up

Finally got a hold of Frank and Felix today, and managed to get their haircuts finished up (Yay!)

Frank wasn’t thrilled to be the subject of my fussing, but was a good boy once I got the halter on him

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Felix was another story. He resisted right to the end.
So no pictures on that one.
Man am I pooped.

But they both look fairly respectable now, so I’m calling it good.

In other wool news, I did a little bit of dyeing this weekend!

Trying out Abundant Earth Wool Tinctures

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Each packet dyes 7 oz of wool

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Since I was dyeing fleece rather than yarn, I decided to go with my big pot, just so that the fleece would be able to move freely in the bath (yes, that is Gus commandeering my chair 🙂 )

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Here are the Blood Orange “teabags” dissolving in the pot

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And the fleece fresh out of the bath

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Fleece in the pot taking up Deep Water in batch #2.

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The colors are fabulous. I had a little issue with the Deep Water breaking into bright blue and hunter green- and I’m not sure what I might have done to cause that. Perhaps I screwed up the addition of the citric acid. But once dried and carded together, it all came togehter nicely- here is a sample skein

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May’s Splendor

First rose in bloom, Therese Bugnet

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Bearded Iris from a friend

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Lilac scenting the whole yard

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Deciduous azalea

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Fig tree just starting to leaf out- with tiny figs already formed!

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Another soft and squishy skein of Esther fingerling weight yarn

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The grass is growing like crazy, and the sheep are hard at work munching it down. Just a couple of bales left in the woodshed- much to the chagrin of Boo Kitten, who is usually found lounging atop the stacked hay.

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I can’t wait to have a shed full of sweet smelling bales again!