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Wool in the Sunshine

Just finished the Dottie Oregon vest this weekend, and she turned out great. Just needs a zipper now, and that should come in the mail in a couple of weeks.

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Minor adjustments to the pattern- I added a little waist shaping, sloped the shoulders off just a bit, and widened the neck by a few stitches.

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I’m really in love with the way the fabric feels. Substantial and strong, but fluffy and with a little bit of a fuzzy halo.

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It’s too bad it’s too warm out now to wear it, but I’m sure it will get a lot of use once the weather turns cool this fall.

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And hereโ€™s a fun little bit of splashy color to round out the weekโ€™s wool-work. Approximately 380 yards. No idea what it might eventually be. For now, itโ€™s just fun and fruity yarn basking in the sun.

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Beautiful Bales

It’s seems early for second cutting local grass hay to be available, but it arrived this morning, and is just gorgeous.

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I realize that it might seem weird to describe hay that way, but I tell you what- when it looks right, and feels right, and smells amazing- there’s no other way to put it.

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And it should make the sheepers very happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

In other news, I tripped and sprained my ankle at my day job, and so am a bit gimpy right at the moment. Icing and elevating the foot makes for good knitting time, though- so I’ve been making pretty steady progress on Dottie’s Oregon Vest.

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It’s coming together nicely- just have to figure out what I want to do for the closures. I really like zippers in things like this, I just don’t like installing them….

It’s Hard to Know What to Say

You probably know that Edgar had been having some problems recently.

The seizures seemed to be becoming more frequent, and while he’d come back after some pretty rough moments here over the last three months, it became clear to me on Tuesday that he was not going to be able to recover this time.

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know that Edgar was a really special guy.
He was a good friend of mine, and I’m so thankful for the time I had with him.

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He is deeply missed, by me and the rest of the flock.

It’s Alive!!!

The E-Spinner is up and running ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

In the video it doesn’t look like the flyer is going very fast, but I guess that has something to do with the camera- it was probably going about 900-1000 rpm.

We still have to construct the lid for the box to cover the motor and controller, and also figure out how we want to do the scotch tension, but I have rigged up a temporary brake band for the bobbin so that I can play with it.

We’re going to use the same walnut for the lid as the base-

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I think he’s so handsome. Going to call him Moto.

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In other news, I got most of the rest of Dottie and Chone sheared yesterday. Really nice fleeces this year!
Dottie was being a bit of a fusser, so I had to ask The Man to help me out. She’s mostly done, but still has fluffy haunches. I’ll have to clean her up later on.

It’s amazing how much wool she and Chone grow in a year. then when you help them out of their coats, they are just tiny little buggers.
I had partially sheared Dottie in the Fall (maybe late September?), just in the front about to her waist (do sheep have waists!) and she had regrown at least four inches. So I might need to shear her every six months. The even longer wool on her back end did get a little felted over the winter, but should still be workable. Might need to get out the combs!

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