Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Needing Color

Mohair Painted Roving
Mohair Singles from Painted Roving

I should be spinning white Coopworth to use with the colored singles that I already have spun for the barber pole yarns, or I should be indulging in the gorgeous white Shetland fleece that I bought from Sandra that makes such wonderfully soft yarn. But this bag was just sitting there last night, calling me from a corner where it has been hiding since SAFF. I bought this mohair roving from Connie at Delly's Delights Farm. The colors are wonderful, soft roses and greens. I don't remember if she dyed it herself but I'm really enjoying the colors. This mohair is a bit trickier to work with than the last batch I had; slicker for some reason. But the color is more than worth the little bit of extra trouble. There are long stretches of the reds, then greens, and I think this will ply beautifully.

When I got up yesterday morning and made a list of all the things that had to be done during the day, I almost got discouraged and went back to bed. But somehow I managed to complete the list. I'm not normally a list maker; perhaps that was my mistake. I didn't want to miss anything, because most of the tasks were for other people. I did pack up the merino fleece I bought from Sandra at Thistle Cove Farm, along with about the same amount of white angora. It's on the way to Still River Mill in Connecticut to be spun into a two ply yarn. I have a gray fleece to blend with colored angora; figured I'd do them one shipment at a time, with the white first so I can start dyeing.

The Greenberry House Cats
The Greenberry House Cats

Morning chores are becoming quite pleasant. Everyone is enjoying the warmer weather and bright sunshine, and soon I'll be able to get the rabbits out for their daily exercise. The woods are gray but there is a shift in the way the limbs are catching the light as tiny buds start breaking with the warming temperatures. I think my need for color in spinning may have something to do with this feeling that spring is a-l-m-o-s-t here but hovering on the edge of another cold snap.

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