Chaos and Mayhem
I went through many possibilities of names for Chaos and Mayhem, and ended up coming back to the original idea after all. It’s hard to tell them apart, though possible if you get close, but the end result by either one is still the same – chaos and mayhem!! Ted is the anti-social one – you can tell, since the picture was taken of him hiding under a desk behind a box!
Unfortunately, after I picked up the fiber from Creekside, I attempted to organize my stash. I have a garden bathtub under which the floor is rotten, so the bathtub can't be used. Perfect, non-floor covering stash location! However, the kittens did very naughty things and ruined a significant amount of the wool that was stored there. I have two contractor's size trashbags full of stinky wool in the back of my truck to go to the dump. The good news is that I got it all organized, labled, and stored in a kitten-proof manner. I borrowed the idea of hanging bags from Mim - I call them the pod people.
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|The front Door|
After going through the Picker once
Through the carder once
After going through the carder twice - into roving
The needle felter with some alpaca felt
And here are some of the results of their efforts:
This is 47.2% wool, 37.3% alpaca, 10% Mohair and 7.5% silk, sport weight, 2-ply. It knits up at 6.5 sts/in on size 3, and 6 sts/in on size 5 needles. The wool is from a crossbred sheep – Rambouillet, Romeldale, Montadale (known as a Rommanot), and was a nice variegated gray with really nice crimp. The alpaca was white, as was the silk, and the mohair was brillo pad gray (though not texture!). You can see the sheen of this yarn in the photo – it’s really luscious to work with, and I’m sure will dye really well. I have calculated the info for a couple of scarves – one on my loom (4 shaft) and one on my Mom’s (8 shaft). Should be as fun weaving with this as it is to knit.
Merino Alpaca Roving
The picture doesn’t accurately show the color of this fiber (it's much darker). It’s 50% moorit merino, and 50% Rose gray (though it was really chocolate brown) alpaca. It’s also really wonderful to handle, and I need to work a little on my slow skills for this – otherwise it becomes very thin rope… I’m hoping to make something for myself out of my half – Correy contributed the wool, I furnished the alpaca, so we’re sharing the result!
I've been knitting a baby sweater for a co-worker - pictures next time.
Current rainfall since November 1, 2010: 21 inches. I'm trying not to float away...