Sunday, May 10, 2009

The locks are spinning up nicely. In absence of spinning tools, I separated them a bit by hand at first, and with the advice of Kitty Kitty and Javajem, brushed them with hairbrush. Actually they recommended a flicker and a dog brush, but I don't have those either.

April 23 2009 005

I barely pre-draft now. I tug at an inch or two, then start spinning right away. Almost all of the curly bits disappeared. I'm learning how to retain some of them when I attach a new piece. They will probably disappear in the final knitted project.

It's a Lock!


It spun up really fast until I had all this on the spindle. It seemed like it was getting too full, so I wound it on the ball winder. Indeed, it was beginning to felt on the bottom where I set spindle in motion, so now I know to wind it off a bit sooner.

Rose Garden Locks

Felting's going to be a factor in the knitting project I choose because these locks are not superwash. I'll probably knit socks. Who cares if they'll wear like Russian felted boots?

How will I keep it from felting when I wash the plied hanks? A question for the experts.

I just learned that it's possible to freeze whole citrus fruits and tomatoes, and lots of other food too. Read Mark Bittman's article in last Wednesday's New York Times.


  1. Are you going to ply it?

    Either way you want to hank it off, then fill a sink with the hottest water possible, a little bit of soap, and add the yarn to the water. Allow it to just set there for 20-30 minutes. Do not swish it, just let it sit there.

    Then take it out and fill the sink with water that was about the same temp that you took it out from and soak the soap out.

    Then allow it to hang to dry.

    You may want to do this twice since you plan to make this into socks. I still would hand wash the socks in cold water, but this will at least completely set the yarn.

  2. the pictures are amazing Ava!



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