As I said in my last post, I’m getting things done. And it’s not all knitting.
One big project on my To Do List involves fleece work for two upcoming mill orders. This week I finished cleaning one big batch of white llama fiber. This is very pretty stuff! Soft and light as air.
There’s plenty to choose from though.
These are bags of llama and alpaca, sorted by color. Some colors will be left natural and some will be great for dyeing. Fleeces that will be left natural range from deep brown, black, dark gray to a rich red cinnamon. And of course, white, pale gray and light faun can be left natural or dyed.
Skirting and cleaning fleeces takes time and can be quite a dirty job. I tend to schedule whole days in the studio for cleaning – without breaks for lunch – not just afternoon or morning blocks. It’s a job I very much enjoy – despite the grit under my nails and the finger pricks from cockleburs that have to be addressed at the end of a day. All the while though I’m thinking – wow – what a pretty yarn this will become!
Knitting is a secondary pleasure right now – but I have managed a few hours here and there. We’re watching the Joseph Campbell PBS Man and Myth series on Netflix DVD’s – one or two episodes a week. And while I’m watching I’m working on a pair of plain vanilla toe up socks.
These are knit in the Lost City Knits Sock Yarn colorway Sedum. I’m using size 2US DPNs. No fancy patterning on these – I’m letting the dyeing provide the fun and interest.
The Lafitte Shawl has a few more repeats of the little yellowtop flowers. The second section is charted and ready as soon as I get my fill of yellowtops – expect a lot of yellowtops.
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