My homework assignment from my spinning class is to clean some fleece and have it ready for prepping at our next class on Thursday. I washed my fleece yesterday. Wow! Wet sheep fleece sure does stink! And the lovely scent clung to my skin for the rest of the day. I just wish that I had thought to take a before and after picture of the fleece. I was amazed at how much gunk came out of the fleece in just the first soaking. The water was literally dark brown right after I submerged the fleece. I did remember to take a picture of the fleece right after a laid it out on a screen to dry and then took another one today of the dry fleece. Unfortunately... I accidentally deleted the picture of the wet fleece (I forgot that the only copy I had was still on my flash card and deleted it thinking that I had a copy on my hard drive. If you think this was a d'oh moment, I worked for a company that used software called SourceSafe that virtually guaranteed that files couldn't be deleted. Yet, I managed to delete almost an entire training program worth of files. All I can say is, thank god for nightly network backup tapes.).
So, without further ado, here's my dried fleece.
Pretty exciting, huh? It really would have helped to have taken a before and after shot. Oh well. While I was sweating out in the hot January sun, I took a picture of the yarn I've spun so far.
I took off the yarn that I initially spun in class the other night. Although the outer edge of yarn doesn't look bad, the stuff underneath isn't usable, so I didn't bother winding into a ball. That's why it looks like a purple cocoon.
I started fresh with some roving that the instructor gave us, and I was excited to see that I'm getting more consistent in my yarn weight.
When I was first learning a couple of years ago, I did the common thick/thin that most people do when they're first learning. I then went into my bag of spinning supplies from last year and dug out some merino/cashmere blend roving that I had started spinning. I was shocked to see that I was actually pretty consistent back then as well, it's just a much finer weight of yarn.
I had thought that this was bad at the time, but now I'm realizing that because the fiber itself is much finer, the yarn will come out finer as well. I'm becoming much more confident now, which makes me that much more excited about trying a wheel. I just might be shopping around for a wheel at Stitches. Whee!The Goods
My hubby came back home on Friday and brought a gift my mom-in-law got me for Xmas... Sally Melville's Color
book. One of my goals this year, along with learning how to spin on a wheel, is to try my hand at color knitting. I've decided that I need to get over this weird intimidation I have and face it head on. So this book will be a great guide.
I also got these bunny slippers from my mom.
My one cat, Penny, is absolutely terrified of these. Which, of course, makes these even more fun to wear around the house. hee,hee!