Early Sunday morning, I took a knife to some of the stored avocado pits. It was a way to think of my spinning friend Mary before her memorial service that day.
The bowl includes 4 pits from Jamaican avocado pears brought by my Mother-in-law – they gave colour instantly! It’s no rush, and is just a moveable feast around the backyard as I seek the sun.
This is after 1 boil, and cooling on Tuesday morning. While it sits, I am debating using ammonia again to boost extraction.
Slated for the dye-pot is this approximately 285 yards from 100 g of roving from Hopeful Shetlands.
I carded the roving before spinning. The rolags hit the CPW at a good clip in the month after our houseguests left. It is spun supported long-draw, and plied on my Watson Martha also in double-drive.
Throwback to last August
We took a walk last Emancipation Day to gather Queen Anne’s Lace. T was game, and now understands about dye-plants.
We gathered 204 g in a local ravine. I might have been more into this than young T-ster.
The target was 98 g of Saskatchewan Targhee wool top from Sheepspot. Mordanting with alum & cream of tartar is where T lost a good deal of interest. Luckily, Mom was on hand to keep him occupied.
After a first boil, I got 145 g of carrot tops from the supermarket, and added them for a 30 min boil. The wool cooled in the pot overnight.
By the notes taken, I had approximately 173 yards of 3-ply by the end of that week! It was spun and plied in double-drive on my Watson Martha. It is a 690 yards per pound yarn. That would be in an aran-weight range but the wraps per inch is 12 or worsted-weight range.
A small facelift
There are subtle changes for the TKK blog appearance, and I also re-worked the About page. The break that I have taken this year from the Tour de Fleece is as much for focusing at home as it is for this re-tooling.
The memorial for our friend, Mary, was small but very touching. I went with our “not a teaching group” friend, Nancy, and other spinners were able to join as well.
On Sunday night, I started a new 3-ply project on the Martha spinning wheel. It was Mary’s custom wheel before she surprised me with her offer to sell. I hope that her family knows how much her spinning life’s work mattered in the community.