Hey, guess what! My 5 year old nasty gross sticky fleece hasn’t gone weird! I started washing it a few days ago, and it cleans up just fine. So, yay for not wasting a bunch of money on fleece that I let get trashed. I’m pretty excited about this because I have about 5 or 6 more big bags of misc. fleece that I haven’t done anything with also. I’m just going to slowly work my way through washing it all. This first batch of stuff is Coopworth, which I’m planning on using in a weaving project that use big tufts of fleecy locks. The Coopworth fiber length is pretty long, like around 7″ or so, so it should be great for this.
I’m all into weaving right now. I think it’s because I haven’t done any of it for such a long time, it all seems new to me. As a result, I’ve been making some pretty stupid mistakes, for example, I wove this small rug:
It turned out to be bathmat sized, but I wanted it to be longer. It wasn’t because I used some very fluffy single ply soft spun wool for the warp. Why? Because it was the color I wanted. Totally forgot that soft single ply yarns normally can’t stand up to being the warp because of how much wear and tear beating the loom puts on the fibers. Anyway, the edge warp yarns eventually began to disintegrate, and I aborted the rug prematurely. It’s still a cute little size, though, and very fluffy, so it’s not like the project was a total loss.
I moved my spinning wheel down to the living room so I can watch TV and spin at the same time. I normally knit during mindless TV watching, but I’ve started watching the Danish TV show ‘Borgen,’ and that has subtitles. It’s hard for me to knit and read subtitles at the same time, but I spin pretty much by touch, so I guess spinning is going to be my default hobby when watching foreign language TV. Anyway, here’s what I’m working on right now:
It’s some roving I dyed last month. I think it might be BFL, but am not sure. I should probably keep better track of that kind of stuff. I think I just tend to put wool into two categories: Is it superwash, or not? That’s all that is really important to me.