Wednesday, April 14, 2010

But I HAVE been productive!!!!

Ok, it's been a while...but I have been productive! Do you remember my post about the hand combs? I had wished the tines were spaced closer together? Well, wish granted! My friend Beth at
www.etsy.com/shop/bluemtnhandcraft.com has a talented husband,Eric, that makes these perfect hand combs! They are ergonomic, light, and the stainless steel tines are spaced just the perfect distance to make combing the most vmish fiber a snap! It whups the vm right out of your fleece and I just couldn't be happier!I think they're beautiful too!

This is some Rambouillet fleece I just got in. The fiber is very fine and full of vm! The worst I've dealt with yet! But the fiber is soooooo soft, and I really love it! I want to save this fleece!
After a couple of passess on my new hand combs, just see the difference! Now this fiber is spinable, blendable and yummy! The finely spaced tines separate the locks better and allow all the nasty vm to fall out. (Good thing too...I have 6 lbs of this fleece!)
I know it's hard to tell from this pic, but consider all this fiber is covering the foot of my twin bed! All this fiber is processed with Eric's handcombs and is ready for spinning! We have the corriendale, montedale, targhee merino, and then some blends of targhee merino/yak/angora, and corriendale/angora that I carded into rollrags. Yeah, it's alot, and there was a lot more too! I didn't feel like dragging it all out. Isn't it amazing what you can get done watching TV or watching the grandkids outside!

Oh, but that's not all! The montadale I was spinninng on my new wheel....here she is! 200 yards of worsted fingering weight navajo plied sock yarn! It's really sproingy too. (Yeah, I have a few pounds of that too! I forsee a lot of sock yarn in my future!)

This next yarn I spun from the batt Beth sent me on a swap. 150 yards of worsted finger weight navajo plied yarn that will definitely be some leggings for Ms Addi! Yummy! It really sparkles!

Right now I have been spinning on some merino lamb/angora mixed roving I bought at a spinning shop. I love the little nubs and it's going to ply into some really tweedy yarn!

And finally, just to let ya'll know I really do knit...my Trendsetter Felted Clogs are almost done! I can't wait to felt these in the washer! Just have to finish the bottom of one clog.
And there you have it! See....I was being productive all along!

8 comments:

Beth (mamabeth on Ravelry) said...

Wow! Look at all that gorgeous fiber!!! Eric and I are thrilled you like the combs Mary and I can't wait to see what goodies you spin up next ;)

Crafty Nurse Mary said...

Thanks Beth! I think Eric's combs are miracle workers!

Anita said...

you have been productive! That fleece looks beautiful & fluffy after combing. And I LOVE your yarns, pretty!!

I have the felted clog pattern, I really need to do that one, one of these days. :)

Crafty Nurse Mary said...

Thanks Anita! I really enjoy processing my own fleece! I'm really enjoy working with different wools. Who knew that there were so many different breeds! The felted clogs are really neat to knit up. I'm going to do some felted French Cloche slippers next.

Heidi said...

Hey, you're back! And you've been productive! The combs look fantastic - as do your clogs.

Crafty Nurse Mary said...

Thanks Heidi!
LOL...yeah, it was about time I blogged! I'm working on a hat for Averie that I need to blog about too. My first experience with color change, all with handspun yarn. It's coming along nicely and I'm loving it!
Mary

Wooliegirl said...

Oh your yarn is gorgeous! I found you under a google search for carders and saw your Fancy Kitty Drum carder post...gorgeous fiber!
I too am a nurse and I love to sew, knit, and spin. Doesn't all nurses???? Have a great day!

Crafty Nurse Mary said...

Thanks Wooliegirl! I need to get off my tush and post my latest projects!
Love meeting a fellow nurse! Yes, we have to have our little hobbies to relax don't we?