Tag: Esther

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.

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 🙂

Off the Needles!


and blocking, pinned to a towel


It is indeed SuperGreen


and I love it so .

Here’s hoping that it dries quickly so I can wear it while there is still a bit of chill in the air 🙂

In other news, I got a start shearing Esther today. Just the head neck and chest so far.
It went really well I thought. Kind of a trust-building exercise.
She seemed to enjoy me giving her rubs and chatting her up while working on her new ‘do.
Pictures later-