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September 11, 2013

administrative notes

if you leave a comment on my blog I will ALWAYS reply – on the comment page of that blog

if you write a blog on blogger and I have left comments in the past – I may not be able to do so now

depending on how your comment page is set up blogger has finally found the right combination to block comments from anyone who does not have a blogger or google ID

there are days when I really despair at how crazy the world is becoming

thanks for listening – may not be able to leave a comment but I do feel better

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I have been spinning llama and bought some natural/white at the fair

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the dark brown is a little rough and scratchy – it had a fair amount of guard hairs

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the red-brown is soft and lovely – no guard hairs

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the white not only had guard hair 6-8 inches long but little pill-y bits throughout

guess these skeins will become a blanket

samples from a spinning workshop I taught a few years ago

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the three natural colours are hand carded to create a heather-y yarn

they were soft and nice to use for knitting

moving on to paper thread – the Japanese paper was dyed with kakishibu last summer

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the colour is beautiful – like the cedar basket – but, it was difficult to spin because the dye protected the paper and made it very strong

note to self, spin first and then dye

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on the weekend I spent some one-on-one time with grandson Iain

it was back to Fisherman’s Wharf for fish and chips

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and chocolate ice cream

great day, Iain! even if we did go round in circles

10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 11, 2013 1:49 pm

    i always admire your and velma’s diligence in responding to comments! i have done that (and will always), the spinning *after* kaki, when it’s easier the other way around. but that mostly happens if i am trying to 1. show students why it’s harder and 2. cut down a sheet because it’s not formed very well and the transformation into thread hides that.


  2. September 11, 2013 1:53 pm

    Lots of interesting stuff here–those llama yarns are gorgeous!


    • September 11, 2013 2:42 pm

      Kerry – and rather scratchy
      Aimee – your paper knowledge is so-o much greater than mine, I won’t forget this lesson. I think you could tie parcels with this paper yarn.


  3. September 11, 2013 3:22 pm

    Scratchy, but beautiful. Would make great backstrap weaving yarn.


    • September 11, 2013 4:48 pm

      Kristin – hadn’t thought of that, not sure my back is up to it but maybe by the time I get around to that project?


  4. September 11, 2013 11:03 pm

    I love the little knitted sample, nice pattern and nice colours.


  5. September 12, 2013 2:06 am

    gorgeous handspuns!have you tried getting an open ID?


    • September 12, 2013 8:06 am

      Neki – thanks, yes – the open ID is what I’ve been using when all else fails. I’m sure the problem will “fix itself” in time.
      Blandina – llama has some beautiful natural colours.


  6. September 13, 2013 3:40 am

    jean, true confessions: i have YET to try kaki. to my utter embarrassment.
    head down in shame.
    BUT that llama is one gorgeous critter!


    • September 13, 2013 7:22 am

      Velma – you need strong sunlight to bring out the colour in kaki and the colour is more intense if applied repeatedly for 4-5 days. I missed dyeing this year thinking summer was going to last forever. I love llamas – and donkeys.


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