Thursday, July 18, 2013

Happy Wool Day!

Now today is the kind of Thursday I think I could get the hang of! After a long, hot trip to the grocery store I came home to three boxes of woolly goodness: a roving order for the shop, my Phat Fiber contributors box, and the Phat Fiber fluff box that I ordered. Score! Now I have some lovely Phat fluff to spin for TdF13. I'm getting tired of spinning only my own fibers. Ordering the sample box is a great way to find out what sort of fibers and prep I like the most - it also give me variety.

Two pounds of Corriedale, one pound of Polwarth, one pound of superwash BFL, a quarter of an ounce (I know, right?) of Angelina, and some blue dye.

This is from the mixed contributor box.

More from the contributor box.

Fluff box!

More fluff.


My two littlest ones were just as excited about these boxes as I was. I love that they can share in my passion like that. The Beast instantly absconded with a bag by Fiber Faire and some Falkland roving by Beesybee Fibers. The Imp fell in love with the soap from Three Waters Farm and some Polwarth roving by Shadawyn Fiber Arts. I'm personally excited about the Friends in Fiber "Nautilus" rolag. I've never spun from a rolag before and am anxious to give it a try.

But to be honest, I love it all. This box is absolutely stunning.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


It would seem that I've been neglecting this blog. Here's a smattering of pictures to prove that I haven't been slacking elsewhere, too.

Muddy Rainbows - TdF13 spinning.

Super Heroes and Villains (from the Phat Fiber boxes) - TdF13 spinning.

Batt carding, spinning, and the Beast - more TdF13 stuff.

Campfire batt

Rainbow roving

Larger version of my Phat Fiber contribution this month - Sun Dappled

I've also dyed a mess of things in the last few days, but I haven't edited the pictures yet. Basically I've been wool obsessed (shocked, aren't you?) for the most part. We're working on the Elf's homeschool evaluation, the Imp's amazing transition out of diapers, and all the usual Summer craziness.

Friday, July 5, 2013


I am having a Not Good dye day. The Elf just helped me clean up an enormous spill. I've learn not to try and dye nearly a pound of fiber at once. With my make-shift set up, it isn't worth the risks. I'm trying to dye roving in a Luna Moth colorway for Phat Fiber. I knew there was a reason I didn't want to do that particular box. All of these troubles are like the universe screaming "I told you so!"

But I'm pushing on anyway. The roving is steaming and I just hope that it'll turn out decent enough or that I can at least salvage it with an overdye.

It's been storming for more than a week now. My Sunshine State is failing me. It isn't usually this bad unless a hurricane is coming through. I need sunlight the way fish need water.

No pictures today. I'm doing all I can not to throw things at the wall in frustration.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tdf13 day 3

Today's spinning:

"Good Red Dirt" by Three Waters Farm
"G-Man Gideon Graves" by Luthvarian Fiber Arts
"Spike" by Hilltop Cloud
"Drawn to be Bad" by All for Love of Yarn
"Absolute Zero" by The Dyeing Arts
100% alpaca by NorthStarAlpacas
"Detective Superintendent Hannasyde of Scotland Yard" by Bitsy Knits
50% baby alpaca 50% fine moorit wool by Catawampus Farms