Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-08-2013
That’s right! And not just HH, either – my bestie Katie of Knittin’ on the Fly is hosting too. The information is below – we really hope you can come retreat. It takes place in the Highlands at the end of October … and there’s NO better time to visit my Maine than when the air is crisp, the colors are vibrant, and each night the stars shine brightly for us.
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Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-08-2012
Hubs and I went to the Dover Fair this weekend, which has the fancy title above but is not much fun to type. I entered two of my knit items into the arts & crafts “competition” and won TWO first prize ribbons! Most everyone won a blue ribbon, but that didn’t detract from mine at all. We also saw LOTS of adorable animals. Pictures below.
SSMS by Wendy Johnson, knit in Highland Handmades Sugar Maple Sock in “Half Shell”
- Girasole by Jared Flood, knit in undyed sheep’s wool yarn.
Smooth faced sheep…
Wooly faced sheep!
Smooth ear cow …
Wooly ear cow!!
Much fun was had by all, and I managed to snag two bags of my favorite maple-sugar cotton candy. All was right with the world!
Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-03-2012
Spinning Navajo-churro may be something many people enjoy, but I have to say that I am not one of them. I decided to spin this very long, hairy fiber as a thicker single with low twist; I was worried that too much twist would make the ends of each fiber poke out too much, making this already prickly fiber even worse. Above is the single, all wound up for plying.
The fiber drafted from the combed preparation fairly well, and the fibers slid past each other fairly easily. But the feel of the fiber in my hands was very much that of over-treated hair. It was by turns crunchy and slick. The fibers had a pretty consistent length and diameter, as much as my hands could tell me.
It wasn’t long before I’d spun up the entire sample. Unlike the Southdown, which likes to be spun thin, the N-C fiber enjoyed the thicker single (and I enjoyed having it out of my hands sooner). As I plied the single ends in the opposite direction, I ended up with the 2-ply you see above. You can really see the halo that the fiber has; even spinning it loosely, there are a lot of ends poking out. I ended up with 34 yards, which is a third of what I got from the Navajo-Churro. The finished yarn is interesting, but it isn’t very fun and I don’t think I’ll ever purchase an N-C fleece for my own use.
The next fiber I’ll be studying is a new one to me: Oxford!
Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 10-02-2012
The cleaned N-C fiber weighed in at 37g after I took out the weird little bits that were different odd fibers (see part 1). I lost 23g from the pre-washed and picked fleece. That’s much more significant than I’d expected, especially considering how little lanolin I noticed. There must have been a lot of dirt and sand in this fleece to account for the difference!
I got out my Indigo Hound Viking combs to process the N-C locks. This fiber is exactly the type of fiber the combs were made for. I slid several locks onto one comb, tip out:
After combing, the fiber looked much more uniform in color and crimp:
However, once I dizzed the fiber, I noticed that the combed top still had remarkable color variation. I really enjoyed the effect. It remains to be seen how this fiber will look spun and plied up. I gently wound the top around itself to make little nests of fiber. Aren’t they cute?
There was a lot less noticeable veggie matter (VM) in this top as compared to the Southdown. The fiber wasn’t crimpy enough, I think, to hold a lot of VM within the fleece. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining!
After removing the waste bits from the combs, I ended up with 27g of combed top. I lost just over 1/2 of the original weight of the fiber. Even so, what remains is MUCH more pleasant to touch, smell, and look at than the original was. It still feels very much like human hair and looks like a bad faded-to-gray bleach job.
Stay tuned for Part 3 – Spinning!