Oh my heavens... Where is the summer going? I have been so busy! Here is a little bit of my summer antics. First, I got some cool new combs and another carder for processing all of that Shetland wool. Also, I have been doing loads of reading on Ravelry regarding the processing and spinning of raw fleeces. I have learned so much that I will need to revamp my tutorial on "how to wash raw fleece". And oh the lovely fleeces!!! There are many wonderful caring shepherds selling their wares on Etsy and Ravelry... got to have more than just Shetland to spin. ;) (More on that in future posts!)
Here is my latest processed fleece. The taupe colored fleece is from Farmerboy's Ariel. The gray bun in the upper left corner is from Lego. They were two of the original 3 that started out this crazy group. Beneath the gray, there is some Targhee / Rambouillet fiber from Kami over at "Ranching Traditions". I haven't spun the fiber yet, but this stuff is spongy and destined to be socks. So, let the fine spinning begin!
At present, I'm still messing around with combed top purchased from "Edgewood Garden Studios" on Etsy... Love her colors. :) It is really good practice. And hey... It actually looks like yarn! LOL
Did you think I was too busy for the Flea Markets? Of course not! ;) Mr. Hollow and I just went up to Jefferson, Wisconsin this morning and had to bring home some vintage fabric. Although we did not go on the 127 this year (the first time of being a no show in 14 years), we have been hitting a lot of the smaller venues. One of the vendors today had an old Viking machine in its original case (heavy metal at its finest) and also there was an old treadle White, but I managed to pass them up without too much regret. I am in the process of getting a studio area set up in my house, so my spending has been sparse until my room is semi functional... At least for bigger items anyways! ;) There aren't enough words to convey how thrilling it will be to get my sewing machines and fabric easily accessible to me... Whenever, I feel the need. Yipee!!
At the beginning of the summer, Mr. Hollow and I discussed removing the pond from our back yard. It was June already with no sign of Gary, and Farmerboy is moving out with the purchase of a farmette. (How cool is that?) The pond had always been his project. And as of the last few years, Mr. Hollow has gotten stuck with the cleaning of it anyways. :( LOL Not two days later after discussing the demolition, I looked out the back window and guess who was walking across the yard? Yeah, you know who. Mr. Gary made his appearance ambling around, sniffing the air and going plunk right into his pond. Apparently, he winters in our back yard under one of Farmerboy's sheds that he is not planning on moving... Lucky for Gary right? ;) Guess that means the pond is staying.
The "Gas and Steam Engine Show" will be in Baraboo this next weekend. I am very excited to attend. Hopefully, the rain they are predicting will move out of the weather forecast. :( I finally purchased a new memory card for my camera and will get plenty of photos.