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Friday, January 20, 2006

Lime Smoothie

That's the name of what I made last night... mmmmm....

See, I started with some extremely dirty Southdown fleece. It had already been washed once, but was still filthy, so it got a little simmer time in the crock pot.
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Then I blended it with a deep apple green mohair/wool blend I bought at MD last year


and got this batt


which spun this yarn


I'm not done spinning the batt yet, but I'm hoping there will be 100 yards (and I'm pretty sure there will) because I need 100 yards of a blend for a handspun yard swap on Knitters Review. I like both the color and feel of the yarn, and the southdown, while still pretty dirty, even after my crockpotting, is SOOOO soft and springy. It really wants to be socks, and the mohair adds a little extra strength. So once I'm done spinning for the swap, I'm going to take my drum carder to a special friend and get some tips to get the blending better and spin myself some pretty Lime Smoothie Socks.

I was so busy playing with fiber, I wore out the cats just watching me.


Or it's possible they were just stockpiling their energy.

When I got back from teaching this morning, I walked in mid-game. See, they knocked all the papers off a shelf onto the kitchen floor.

Beyond this the rules get kind of sketchy. I know that they had to start from one end of the living room, run at full speed towards the kitchen, and stop on one of the sheets of paper.

I'm not sure if it was speed or distance that was the goal, because I saw neither stopwatches nor measuring tapes.

But I do know it was great fun, and I am a horrible, horrible mommy for putting an end to the game and cleaning up.

I have a feeling I should sleep with one eye open.


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EDIT:
I just added roughly 87 bazillion blogs to the Spinning Wheel ring - sorry some of you had to wait SOO long in the cue! I'll try to keep better on top of that, now that my health has settled down a bit.... I tried to welcome each of you, but if I missed you, sorry about that, too. Glad you're with us - Spin on!

11 Comments:

Blogger Carol said...

Ooooh--Fierce Wild Beast! Our kitties play it too. And yes, I would definitely be sleeping with one eye open!

4:05 PM  
Blogger Jeanette said...

Amie:
This is Jeanette from http://knittinginsteadofhousework.blogspot.com/
You won the drawing for the flower pin! Can you contact me sherritzej@cox.net

Jeanette

5:16 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

Oh what pretty yarn you'll have. I'm just learning to spin, I'm ordering my first wheel tomorrow! I'm so excited.

Love the kitties.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Sarah Elizabeth said...

oooh- no no no Amie- not lime smoothie, KIWI smoothie!
:-D
Love the yarn. So gorgeous. I should do a KR swap sometime.. maybe this summer, when I'm less busy with boring stuff, like school. :-P

8:28 PM  
Blogger Midsummer night's knitter said...

thanks for signing me up, Annie. Love that smoothie!
India

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Marcia said...

Two hints that I learned at SOAR this year. First, Judith MacKenzie taught the class on spinning sock yarn with Nancy Bush and said that sock yarn must be three ply. (It really is nicer than 2-ply) Judith speaks...we listen! Second, in the drum carding, blending class I took with Deb Menz, she had lots of hints. Are you running your batts through at least twice? She shows this in her book. And, it may well be that the drum cloth on your carder isn't fine enough for the fiber. Southdown might need a fur drum. Deb Menz is evil, by the way. Convinced me I needed a Pat Greene carder!

5:37 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Love the lime smoothie yarn!

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous color, Amie! Lime smoothie socks sound delicious!

BTW, I just finished two Jaywalker socks today. Pics on KR!

hogs & quiches,
crhsi chrsi chriw chris (got it!)

7:59 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Add my sock to the count! It's finished with ends to be sewn in. I'll get a photo of it up on my blog soon.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful!
You RAWK girlfriend!


(I am amazed how much Trevor looks like my Gracie!)

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops - that last one was from Nancy (Gracie and Emma)

5:24 PM  

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