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March 2016

Blending..

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Raglanify is in the home stretch.  I'm already working on the second sleeve.  After that, there is the neck, a very few ends to be dealt with and blocking.  Despite the weather and knowing that if these warm days continue, I may not wear it until next fall; I am already planning for another.   

Last week I began pulling various fibers, dyed and otherwise, out of my stash.  The one last color that I wanted, I was lucky to find at the Wayland Market.  It isn't a very soft wool, but I wasn't planning on using a lot of it.  It works well with all of the other very soft fibers that will be carded with it.

I love blending colors and fibers.  My carder does a great job if I keep each batch at about 1.75 oz. That meant a bit of math to keep the color of my sample.  Everything had to be weighed and each batch bagged for carding.  

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I'm not sure what breed the natural is in the top left corner.  It is very soft and the color I was looking for.  When I checked the tag that was in the bag, it only gave me a weight and the animal's name.  Oh well.  Pure wool.  Then there was a bag of various fibers, floor sweepings, sort of.  I know that there is a very, very little bit of silk and some alpaca and probably something else.  The darker burgundy red is a Border Leicester.  

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I've got another 9 or so ounces to card and a lovely big bag of these.  

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Weekending

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Saturday,  we headed to Wayland.  I've wanted to see the Winter Market there since last winter's big January storm.  I wasn't disappointed.  We ate good food, saw fiber vendors and friends,  gorgeous plants and all sorts of other goodies.  So many colors and textures! 

I got some car knitting done on the trip there and back. Before I headed up to bed, the body of my Ocean Shetland raglan was finished.  I am very impressed with the 'Raglanify' app.  It couldn't be easier to knit a sweater that is customized to your own measurements. 

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Sunday wasn't quite so much fun,  The best I can say is that I finally finished emptying the bedroom. Only the bed remains. As soon as we get some strong back help, that'll be gone and we'll start sleeping on an air mattress for a month while Chris renovates and installs a new wood floor.

I'm going to miss Downton Abbey.  


Friday's Photo(s)

Where did the week go? It's hard to believe that one week ago we were in Freeport Maine setting up our booth for the NETA SPA weekend.  It was wonderful crazy busy fun. I've been playing catch up all week.  Most of my woods time has been backyard close.  Look what I found there!

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The cats were so anxious to get out, that we headed into the woods just as the rain stopped.  

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wet color