We had a weekend visit with daughter and son-in-law … love that… The only problem is that they never last long enough. :o)
I have been spinning a lot for the last couple of days. Bev and Kent had never seen a spinning wheel work, soooo…lol And if I ever start spinning it takes a few days of constant spinning…or running out of wool… for me to stop.
I have just about run out of my wool stash so am down to spinning the alpaca and wool that I bought over a year ago that had more VM in it than I thought it should. I have since learned that unless the wool is bought from a professional source, it will usually have a bit of VM in it. It does (for the most part) come out as it is spun, but I still find it to be a hassle… don’t like it.
The alpaca was spun first, then the Corriedale and then they were plyed together. I will be dyeing this, but haven’t decided what color yet. I want to use green to make the brown Alpaca a heather color, but not sure how it would look plyed together with a lime green wool…lol May have to cut a piece and dye it to see. Altogether this came out to 134 yards of 50%wool/50% alpaca.
The placemat weaving is continuting. I have decided to cut out most of the floats since I want the plates to sit flat on the mat. Don’t want the cups of tea to tip when I (graceful that I am) put the glass down with tip of the glass on the raised weave… Anyway, this is how it is coming. I am thinking I may just weave a really long piece and then wash it to see how much this cotton shrinks…then cut and hem. That way I will have accurate measurements.