Saturday, May 08, 2004

A Full Day

I was so tired yesterday I went to bed at 9:30. That meant I was up at 4:30 this morning and had the whole day to do what I wanted. First I cut and and almost completed a blouse made from some of the cotton I low immersion dyed last summer. I wanted to try out the pattern before I used handwoven material. It fit, barely, but instead of working out after seeing how close fitting the blouse was, I made this instead. I don't think I've made mandel brodt in years, but I've been going through old recipes so I can make a cookbook for the kids and these oldie but goodies keep popping up! Speaking of popping, I need to get buttons for the blouse.

I thought it was supposed to be cloudy today, but the sun was shining brightly so I washed up Nancy. This is going to be so much fun to dye and card. It varies from almost white to a medium gray. The wind was picking up, so I had to bring out the roll of screening (that's just waiting for me to make more drying screens, with legs so I don't have to use up patio furniture!) and cover it up. Thanks to the wind it was all dry by 5:00.

Before giving in to sleep last night I started carding the white Romney I bought last summer. Tonight I finished the first pass. Five pounds - my shoulder and elbow are give me hell tonight! An electric carder is looking better and better. I did one more pass on a small sample and started spinning it up. It's going to make great tapestry or rug yarn. I think I'll spin it all up and then dye the yarn.


  1. Good for you, making such wonderful use of a Saturday! No more the damn electric carder already.

  2. Mandelbrot looks YUMMY.
    When I have a large fleece to process all at once (and I'm not being totally anal about combing it), I send it out. And I *own* an electric doublewide Strauch carder. (It really only processes 50 g at a time.)