Good Morning All,
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Wow it has been a scorcher this past week-we even hit an actual temperature of 102 F on friday with feels like temps of 115F. So this morning when I did not hear the a/c on I was doing a happy dance and smiling. The rain did not arrive as promised earlier but we welcome this "cool down" lower 90s instead of upper 90s and into the 100's Ok enough of the weather lol
It is the topic around here as we were expecting a hot summer as we have not had this in a few years now-which is probably actually the norm for this area. They are also predicting a rough and cold winter too-even the propane gas company has raised their prices considerably over the last few years predicting a cold one.(we prepay the propane gas fills for the winter months)
In the garden I got a nice surprise last week 3 very large roma tomatoes, long beans, and one giant zucchini which I hadn't seen growing So that was fun. My little garden is now in a semi shaded area-two large oak trees on either side of it-which helps the garden during hot summers with no rain. My soaker hose is working out well too.
Over the weekend I got out my Ashford Blending board which is allot of fun to use. Last year when I had my romney locks all carded out with the flick carder (a small one handed carder) I blended that with many odds and ends of fibers I had around-I loved the yarn that came from that-hope to be doing allot of weaving this fall and winter.
I had in my mind to make roving with the bison and baby alpaca roving. It was just too soft though and didn't work well for me. So I decided to make rolags for spinning instead. It came together much nicer. Here is a video on the process
I need to get my spinning wheel put back together, do some practice on it again and see how these rolags spin up. I think the two tone color will spin up nicely but was not what I was going for in my mind. I think I will also blend some bison with an alpaca also brown tones but not as soft and see how that comes out too.
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Baby Alpaca on the left and bison fiber on the right-which is really not that dark color in the back but looks like the color next to the creamy alpaca.
My blending board-all set up on the floor to work
Blending board with layers of fiber
Photo of the rolag that came off the bottom of board
A wicker basket getting filled up with my rolags, the looser ones are my first attempts, the little bag in the back is something I had made using recycled wool a little embroidery and filled with dried herbs to keep the moths away. I need to make more of those-were fun to make
This past week I have been drinking lots of ice tea. My new recipe was filling up a 2 quart container and brewing up an herbal raspberry tea and then adding a packet of crystal light pink lemonade-really refreshing.
For a change of pace this morning I am drinking an iced V8 with veggies and fruit.
Happy T Day Everyone.
Update photo: had to try to spin this