Wednesday, April 25, 2012
From Roving to Rainbow
On Friday, a lady called Ans, who keeps sheep 50km from here, gave me a black plastic bag of wool to spin. I assumed that it was a smelly old fleece, but when I opened the bag I discovered that the wool has been commercially cleaned and carded. Wonderful! I can get on with spinning and leave out the more tedious business of cleaning and hand carding. While she was here, Ans persuaded me to go to a Women's Institute meeting on Thursday. I decided I wanted to make something for Ans with her wool before that. On Monday I spun and plyed a bobbin full on my Ashford Traveller spinningwheel. Yesterday I washed the two skeins and then rainbow-dyed them in the microwave oven. Luckily it was a sunny day, so they dried quickly and I could knit the Wavy Gravy Hat by Elizabeth McNamee. I hope Ans will like it.