Today, I am celebrating 10 years in Canada. Double-digits!
We will batch-style various & sundry experiences as pitfalls, and just skip them. They all helped me get to the tag-line of this TKK blog anyway: Better living through fibre.
Melvin must love you now. He only shows his tuxedo bib to special folks.
Our Canadian doggie is older. Here he is still keeping me company as I write this post. He does have a few less teeth than he did when we adopted him from the Toronto Animal Services north shelter, years ago.
Jamaica’s rabies laws have no wiggle-room. None whatsoever. The up-shot is that a pet would be more difficult to move back home than anyone else family-wise. This makes Melvin & Toby my deepest roots here, period.
The Moosie is a spindle that helped me start today as I listened to 2 podcasts over coffee. Ten years ago, I had never even heard the term “drop spindle” and had trouble finding 100% wool garments in the stores. Today, I made yarn from hand-dyed (the Painted Tiger) breed-specific yarn using this beautifully crafted spindle!
Looking back to look ahead
By taking a flier on a Romney ram’s fleece in August, 2009, I found a true passion for Ontario-grown wool. All of this spinning education started with learning from some of you on the internet, the Romney, and a Kundert red cedar over cherry drop spindle.
Each year since then, I have bought & cleaned at least 1 local fleece. This gradient is a series of sample skeins. Some were more successful than others but I am knitting them in this left → right order. The catalyst is Sarah Swett who taught me about changes in value last spring.
The simple act of knitting this yarn is sparking ideas for returning to my favourite Ontario-produced fleece with prep tools & purpose. It’s so exciting that I may let the spindle-spun-sweater project percolate while I start this.
For N, as we say in Jamaica, “Let us build a life together.” He sponsored, and saw me through the pitfalls. He likes this yarn a lot. We think that it should be a handwoven scarf with another handspun yarn.
You last saw me spinning this Polwarth on my Wee Peggy spinning wheel at the Fibre Garden and/or here this January. The 8oz of top yielded 689 yards of 2-ply yarn.
This hand-combed top from a Romney lamb at Sunday Creek Farm in Engleheart, Ontario is beautiful fibre. At this ten-year mark of life in Canada, I am fortunate to have this to even think about working with.