Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Fiber Fest and Spinning

Last Sunday, Nate and I went to the Pagosa Springs Fiber Festival. It was the first fiber festival either of us have been to, and we had a wonderful time. We made lots of contacts with people who raise fiber animals, and were encouraged by talking to them about their experiences. In fact, we came away thinking how much we really want to go forward and get some sheep and llamas!

Navajo Churro sheep. I think we'll probably start out with some of these guys. Since they're adapted to this environment and availible locally. In fact Jim and Pam Dyer of Dyer's wool raise them about 9 miles up the road from us!


A sample of some of the roving I bought. This is 2 oz. of 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk from an alpaca called Bo J who lives with the cool ladies of A Simple Piece of String in northern Colorado. I can't wait to spin it up!


Some of my recent spinning. The dark brown on top is 2 oz. of 100% Suri Llama, from a llama called Delight, who also lives with the Simple Piece of String ladies. The lighter brown is Shetland Moorit from Woodland Woolworks.


The Suri Llama skein. I loved spinning this. SO soft. So espresso colored. And really easy to spin a nice fine even single. I plyed two singles together to get a true laceweight yarn.


Suri yarn detail:


Skein of Moorit. I have a total of 12 oz. of this, and have spun about 8.5 so far. I'm getting a feel for the hand of each fiber, letting it's character come through in my spinning. This Shetland likes to be a sport-DK weight single, and have a little fuzzyness. When plyed it really likes to be around a light worsted weight.


Detail of the Shetland Moorit. I'm really happy with how my spinning is progressing. I can spin pretty even now. I can ply into an well balanced yarn. And I really am enjoying the different natural shades of wool lately.


Oh, and I did end up taking many more rovings home to play with. But, the llama on the bobbin doesn't do it justice, so I'll wait til it's skeined to photograph. Knitting? Well, with all the moving lately I haven't been knitting that much. Spinning instead. But, I can't take my wheel with me to Michigan, so I'll be knitting by tomorrow!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

J is for Joy

Three things that bring joy to my life.

Mountains, skiing, playing and hiking with Nate and the doggie.

Kittens!

River trips, mesas, and being in places so beautiful they take your breath away.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Imagine moving to your dream house...

Because I feel like we just did.

The view of the La Plata range of the San Juan Mountains from the new house at sunset last night...

The front...

The side yard with roses and sandstone, to be a perennial and herb garden...

Where the rose garden meets the house to the east (note nice doggie fence)...

The animal pens at the back of the big carport/shed (with modifications, perfect for my future sheep!)...

The back of the house with the two gorgeous cottonwood trees...

The view from the back deck down to the river (the river is where the trees are)...

The La Plata River, so nice to have a little bit of water to ourselves...

The living room...

A corner of the basement...

My future yarn/spinning/craft room...

Bathroom upstairs...

The upstairs deck, it has stairs that go to the downstairs deck too...

Kitchen and dining area...

And the view of the house from the river...

So. This is why we've been so busy lately! Moving and packing. Buying and selling. Now we will be unpacking! But, we love it so.