Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Making Progress

Shetland/Mohair Roving
Dyed Shetland/Mohair Roving

Busy getting things ready for the festival; yesterday evening I watched out the window and wound roving into these balls while my brother and sister-in-law mowed grass around the tent. Today I think they want to get the canopy up. Then we can start moving stuff up so it's not so overwhelming on Saturday; displays and tables, etc.

I'm trying a different way of displaying the wool this year; I don't know if it will work but I saw several booths at SAFF with roving wound into balls. Theirs looked a lot better than mine; these look OK in the picture but they're sort of bumpy. Each weighs 4 ounces. I love the purple. They still need to be labeled with my logo and stuff.

Little Silk Skeins
A bad picture of silk skeins

This is the silk that I've been plying with the Coopworth. I have a bunch of it; I did it all a long time ago on a spindle and didn't have the nerve to try to ply it together. These light colors didn't look great with the white Coopworth, so I plied these singles back on themselves. The skein on the left is green and pink, while the one on the right is shades of orange. I really like the one on the right. Trouble is, there's not much there, maybe enough to make an edging on a scarf or something. It would make pretty embriodery floss.

Wool, Silk and Angora blend Yarn
Wool, Silk and Angora Blend Yarn

This is a blend of moorit wool, tussah silk and fawn angora. It's a lovely tweedy hand spun yarn and I thought I had more of it done. But there's enough in these two skeins to make a scarf, I think. I'm really short of yarn right now, so I'm pulling whatever I can to fill my tables!

Wool and Silk Yarns
Wool and silk yarn, plus some walnut dyed wool

All of this needs to be labeled. Most of it is the silk and Coopworth two-ply, plus a couple of skeins that are left of the walnut dyed Coopworth. I've designated Friday as labeling and packing day. This will be the time to make sure everything is in good condition and ready to be sold. Hope we have lots of customers!

Little Bag with Embellishments
Mohair Bag with copper pin and rhinestone buttons

One bag done with some sparklies; the other is blocking. A friend suggested wooden buttons as embellishments but I don't have any, and don't want to buy anything. So I went with copper colored metal in the pin and buttons; kind of nice, I think!

Today I'm hoping to paint some display pieces we got last week and shear a couple of bunnies. Then I'll wind more roving and try to get a few more skeins of yarn done. I'm still working on the crocheted rug at odd times but that won't be done for this show. And I have a nice little green bag that won't be ready, either. But I think my sister-in-law plans to have her tent open every weekend from now on; I haven't talked to her about it but I assume so. Unless it rains all of May, like it seemed to do last year!

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