She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands. --Proverbs 31:13

8/29/2006

We didn't get to go to church Sunday night, no one felt very good for some reason. I ended up digging out the dye pots to work on a colorway I have been thinking about for a while. I haven't decided exactly how to produce it, but I dyed all the top the colors I wanted. I have bronze green, a roving dyed with a mixture of bronze green and nugget gold to make a lighter apple green, nugget gold, rust, and cardinal. These colors really look so good together.



This morning, when things were finally dry, I made a batt on the drum carder, using all of the colors. There are several ways to do this, one is to make small stripes the length of the drum carder, like this....
Or, I could just stack several carded single color batts and then thin them out together. I also dyed a bunch of mohair locks at the same time, and haven't decided wether to card them with the wool or use them in a seperate project. Decisions, Decisions.

Well, that little dye project just about wiped out my wool supply, so I am going to have to buy some more wool. I think I am going to buy roving instead of top this time, it seems to work better with the spinning method I am trying to learn. I am finally getting a consistent single and once plyed, am getting a sport weight yarn, so it's getting better. Then last night I decided to "fix" my drive band and now it is so tight the tension is too tight. So we will be going to town tonight when Sean gets home so I can get some cotton string for the drive band. I swear, the drive band is the thing that gives me the most problem with spinning. I always get it too tight or too loose.

Yesterday was Chad's birthday. I made him a cake, which he wanted decorated in camoflage. I think it turned out pretty good. It says "You can't "hide" it's your Birthday! on it. Yeah, I'm not really good with the sayings on top of cakes. The cake always tastes good, though, and that's the main thing.

5 comments:

Jill said...

Happy Birthday, Chad!

Wool Winder said...

Those colors look good together. Can't wait to see how the yarn turns out.

Happy Birthday to your son!

Allena said...

those colors are sooo beautiful! i think they are excellent in capturing the fall colors. they make me want to sit infront of a fire and knit socks, scarves, hats, slippers, blankets. etc. LOL love the colors. did i say that already? LOL
you do amazing work. tell DS HB. your cake looks yummy!

Shelley said...

I love those colours, and think an apple green shade will be so pretty. Do you have any idea what you are going to make with the yarn when you are all finished yet?

Happy belated birthday to Chad!!

Laura said...

So how did you finally decide to card it? In stripes? Or all blended? That would make a very interesting and beautiful colorway if it was all blended! I'm almost ready to start trying out the hand carders you sent - I'm very excited to see how that goes!

Happy birthday to your son - the cake looks so professional!