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Reclaiming Felix seconds


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


yay 🙂

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


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


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


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


Each packet dyes 7 oz of wool


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 🙂 )


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


And the fleece fresh out of the bath


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


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


May’s Splendor

First rose in bloom, Therese Bugnet


Bearded Iris from a friend


Lilac scenting the whole yard


Deciduous azalea


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


Another soft and squishy skein of Esther fingerling weight yarn


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.


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

Esther Sampling

Washed up my first batch of Esther fleece this week, and was really anxious to give it a spin!

So, here we have my first go


It’s chain plied- and about an aran or chunky weight. It worked up quickly into a nice substantial swatch


with very nice stitch definition for the latticework pattern. Could see this being a nice weight for nice warm cabled vest.

For my next sample thought I’d see how she handled spun up quite a bit lighter. Here are the two yarns side by side for comparison.


I really like this light two-ply as well. Would be great for stranded colorwork.


Good show Esther! Such a versatile girl 🙂