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First batch of Cali yarn

Notes to self: raw locks flick spun in Moto (speed 5), true three-ply Moto speed 4.

Approx 5 oz, 350 yards

WIll soon be shopping for a sweater pattern. Not sure of exactly how much yardage I can expect to get in total, so some sleeved and unsleeved options

Fall Day Vest


other ideas?

That’s all I got. Have a good week-

Spin Spin Spin

Cali singles are coming along- soon I will be ready to ply!

No Alger Market this weekend due to inclement weather, but I might be able to go next week. That will be the last regular market of the season. Fall is definitely upon us, so perhaps folks will be in a hat-wearing frame of mind.

Besides the accumulating Cali singles, my big accomplishment this week is figuring out a new pill delivery system for my good friend Felix. He’d recently gotten wise to the meds mixed in his alfalfa pellets and started spitting them out. Silly bugger. But I have hit upon a solution: dried figs. cut in half, they make a perfect pill pocket for picky critters. Pills stay put too! Woot!

This, That, and The Other

Little bit of everything this week.

First off- finally got a picture of Daphne’s interesting hairdo. Has anyone ever seen this sort of thing on a sheep before? (rear end)

I don’t remember her fleece doing this last year. Kind of a weird springy guard hair halo. It’s coarse, but very springy.

Daphne is a unique character, that’s for sure.

Next, wool off the hoof- this is the Cali fleece I got flicked out while at the market last Sunday-

It’s a smooth and easy spin- and wants to be quite fine. I’m doing the singles on Moto (speed setting 5), and planning to do a three-ply finished yarn that comes out to about a sport weight. (playing at speed 4)

swatching out at 6 st/in, 8.5 rows/inch

also decided to turn some blended batts into chunky unspun hats

And am taking another shot at rooting some cuttings from the garden. Sadly, last year’s rhody cuttings didn’t take, and that long-suffering shrub finally gave up the ghost this year 🙁 So I lost that round, but I’m back at it with roses.

Took 5 semi-hardwood cuttings from my favorite rose, St. Cecilia, and popped them in little makeshift cloches this morning

I really should have used sterile seed starter mix, but I didn’t have any at hand, and the urge to act was strong, so I just used potting soil. Here’s hoping i get at least one to root (fingers crossed). She’s a lovely rose, with an amazing scent, but for some reason doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

And here are some of the last roses of the season, collected just before it started raining yesterday

At Long Last- Melons!

Most of the garden is kind of winding down, but I am please d to report that we have finally acheived ripeness on the Petite Gris de Renne melons! 🙂

and inside

so that is super exciting. AND, I handed off both vests to The Shepherd yesterday, (new one below, altered one was the subject of last weeks’ Sweater Surgery)

neckline detail

So I finally gave my self permission to dive into Cali’s fleece that I received in trade for the project. I got about 11 ounces of it flick carded (not washed yet, but really clean) while at the Alger Sunday market yesterday-

It’s going to be a lot of fun to spin! I’m thinking maybe sweater project?