Bright and early Saturday morning I headed out to the fabric store and purchased lining fabric for the Larger Than Life Bag, bought flowers for my mothers grave, and then stopped by Three Wishes (to buy dye). The trip made a large circle that ended up back at home where I dove right into lining the bag. Mom would be proud (and I still miss her after 18 years). Here's a preview of the bag, details to come.
Saturday afternoon we had a chance to dine at Silver Fork and help celebrate a friends 60th birthday. We hadn't been on the lawn below the deck so it was a new view of our favorite place. Judy, just so you know, the hummers were diving around like screeching torpedoes and it was fun to hear and see them again.
Sunday was a more relaxing day but we did what most people in the area did, or wanted to do and headed to IKEA. What a great addition to our neighborhood! There were all sorts of great ideas that will make it easy to organize my 'fiber studio'
and to hide any new acquisitions. Sunday was also a good day for dyeing and I threw a bit of roving into a pot. The goal was something in a bright red and pink mix.
Well, the bright part worked (too well) and it turned out to be a good lesson in intensity. Grrl, this stuff is eye searing! I'm unsure what (if anything) I need to do for better results next time. Dyeing is a complete curiosity to me and that curiosity is the reason I enjoy playing with it from time to time. You pros have no need to worry...there will be no fiber shop in my future. Of course, I could create one of a kinds monstrosities that might sell...or not.
Sunday I made it to SnB and because the coffee shops are all so dark (it's that subversive thing, ya know?), I had to start a new project, one I could see! This happy pair of Jaywalkers are just the thing for SnB knitting and I love the way the Vesper yarn looks when zigzagging. Blogless Val had returned from her month long trip to Great Brittan and she had many interesting tales to tell. She just might be convinced to write up a post and guest blog again as her trip sounded marvelous.
Monday we headed up to the Sunrise Ranch to help Deb with shearing. She has 11 alpaca and 5 llama, so we were very busy all day. Smith helps to wrangle the animals and I'm good at sweeping up the fluff. It was fun to be in the country and hear the rooster, chicken, horses and just smell the clean country air. Here are a few pictures of
Rodeo's Torrunn's shearing that may help you understand better how it's done. Torrunn was a big baby (they all have such different personalities) and hollered all the while. Sorry, but some how I didn't end up with a 'finished' picture.
Rodeo did have a beautiful full coat!
Deb has invited me back to help with the 'skirting'. I'll be looking forward to that!
Despite the dyeing disaster of Sunday, I tried again with blue dye and some Reynold's Sea Wool sock yarn (purchased in a natural color with dyeing in mind). This time I used less dye, was a bit more careful with placement of said dye, and crossed my fingers. My method is to put it all in one pot, turn on the stove and walk away. Not very scientific, and as you can guess, the results are varied, but I'm too lazy to do anything else. This time, the goddess of dye was smiling on me and my pot and the yarn was much more like I'd envisioned. It was the perfect cap to a perfect weekend.