Shetland and the Bluffs
Well, I've been spinning a fair bit, knitting a little, and exploring a lot around the new house with Nate and the woofie.
I finally finished up the natural moorit colored Shetland! I had 12 oz of this fiber:
The roving was nice and fluffy, I simply split this roving in half, then pre-drafted a little to get the fibers slipping before spinning. Compared to the Merino, this hardly takes any pre-spinning work. I'd say on a scale of 1-10, the merino was an 8 in terms of pre-prep work, and this is about a 2.
I could really spin this stuff fast! I mean I could acutally draft it about as fast as I wanted to treadle and still get a fairly consistent yarn.
A full bobbin's (4 oz) worth of singles wound into a center pull ball:
Now, that, is the correct color. Warm Cadburys melted in the sun.
The yarn ends up like so...(2 plied, heavy DK-light worsted)
I have four good sized skeins and one mini skein. All bathed and hung to dry.
I bought this wool intending some overdying experiments. Hence the mini skein to start with. Mini skein to be test-dyed this weekend! And depending on the results, possibly the rest too. I want deep reds, purples, burgundies.
We've been exploring the area around the new house too. Just across the street is a big area of BLM land great for hiking and mountain biking. On the 4th we hiked up to the Cinder Bluffs:
Ironically, no cinders on the cinder bluffs. Igneous rock not to be found. Coal seams that had burned in the past producing cinder-like rock, definitely.
Lovely to have hiking right out your door. I love the contrasts of the land here. River and trees and green at the house. Mesas and bluffs and high desert across the road.