Monday, July 24, 2006

A weekend relaxed.

A nice, long three day weekend. Mom and Dad visited us, and a good time was had by all! A little hiking, a little driving around, and a lot of sitting on the deck in the evenings chatting.

Murray and Clyde (Wally) hiding in a flower pot....


Because this:

Made another appearance and got poor mommy kitty. Tonight she gets the baking soda and peroxide treatment.

A little spinning, started (and almost filled) the bobbin of Corredale cross to ply with the mohair locks. Worked on the mohair locks a little more, with help from mom fluffing and floofing!


And.....spun a little bit of this:


Britty the Bearded Collie!

Britty is Mom and Dad's rescue Beardie. Bearded Collies are a herding dog from Scotland originally, and they have a thick double coat. It mats easily and brushing a few times a week is required. After a quick brush yesterday they had a pile of fluff which everyone convinced me I should spin. Heck, it's free and there is a never ending supply...

Thoughts on spinning Britty. Soft, beautifully colored. Lots of twist required to hold the yarn together, so it is a fairly tight spun single. No crimp or natural lanolin/oil in the fur means the extra twist is needed. No crimp also means the yarn feels "flat" no sproinginess like with wool. No elasticity either. I think it would be lovely carded with some wool to give it a little bounce.

But...I have other plots for this yarn! Oh yes, this Britty fur will eventually become part of a larger plan!

9 Comments:

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Kate said...

the cats look soooo cute in the flower pot. As for spinning dog hair- isn't it hard as it is so short? He is cute though.

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger spinndiva said...

MURRAY!!!!!
cute dog too...I spun dog hair before for a friend of mine ... chow hair... was fun...
don't know if I would do it again o a droppspindle though...

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

Ok, you're officially spin-crazy. You're into pet hair. I'm worried.

 
At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Rose said...

What are you going to blend the dog fur with?

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger zibibbo said...

Doggie! Woo. That HAS to be one of the cutest kitten pics I've seen on a knitblog (hehe) in ages!

Hurray for performance art yarn!

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Jerry & Maxy said...

Shall I send you some other dog fur to spin? It's plentiful at Chez J & M...

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Elizabeth said...

What cute cute cute kittens!

We've had a skunk hanging around our house. Last night he ate some of the koi that my husband had transferred from the barrel to a little pond. Grrr.

 
At 12:09 AM, Blogger Carolyn said...

What a cute photo of the kits! Hope mummy cat is ok. We have a hedgehog, which is nowhere near as cool as having a skunk ;)

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger Bezzie said...

"Sproinginess"? Is that an official spinning term? ;-)

I remember reading this book in 5th grade about this adult set of twins that lived on a dog farm (huskies) and spun their hair and had a cottage industry selling dog hair sweaters. Why not?

 

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