Monday, April 20, 2009

a couple of things

Lets go back a few days shall we... Thrusday was horrible.... I was supposed to go to Melfort with the girls... but that night and all day it snowed... the thick fluffy wet snow... doesn't make for good driving... so we stayed home... DJ had to babysit in the afternoon but the roads wern't to bad by then so I did drive her into town for that... Friday morning I had to work so I was in the bathroom getting ready and the girls are yelling at me... "mom, come look at all the robins!!"
DJ the smart thinker she is grabbed my camera and snapped a few before they both came running up to get me... and it's a good thing she did, because no sooner did I get downstairs, all the robins were gone thanks to Charlie ( the cat)... there must of been about 50 of them... the girls said that they were all over the deck and on the ground too!!
I wish I could of seen them all!

I finished my spinning for the BSS
I have 694 yrds of 3 ply yarn aprox 15 WPI
to date theis is the best balanced evenly spun yarn that I've made on my joy wheel... the last bunch I spun looked like medusa when I took it off the niddy noddy!!

it's not really peachy like the pic looks... it's more orange/rose, with blues/purple and greens.
it's pretty, if I do say so.
and I gave my Holiday Cardi one more chance in the dye pot...
I used 1.25 bottles of Wilton Royal blue, 1/2 cup of cornflower blue that was mixed already and the left over blue and green food coloring from my last dyeing job. I also put in about 2 cups of vinegar.
mixed it VERY well with a hand mixer and then soaked my cardi while the water heated up... placed it in and gently stirred it until I reached 170C and then continued for about 15 or 20 mins...placed it outside to cool while we went to town for the girls gymnastics show, by the time we got home it had cooled enough so handle to I placed it in a huge rubbermaid container and poured the rest of the dye water inside, and left it for 3 or 4 more hours... it pretty much soaked up all the dye and is MUCH more even this time... it may be wearable other places than just the farm!!
Woot! woot!
it's still drying so I'll get yet another FO pic when the girls get home from school..
till then....
have a great day!!


Anonymous said...

that spun wool is so pretty!!

and i loooooove the colour that the Holiday Cardi ended up!

Shortly said...

I think wearing that on the farm only might be a crime! Beautiful! And that yarn looks fab too, well done :)

Val said...

Love holiday cardi color and pattern. It is one gorgeous piece of work!
Re robins - I've heard of many occurances of robin flocks in Sask. in the last couple of weeks. Amazing, and your photo is great, you must have been quick to get that many!