the Intrepid Fiberwizard

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Does this count as 'stash'?

I've had some fun lately reading other people's blogs about their "stash" of fiber and yarn! and it got me wondering - does the fiber I dye for our business count as stash??

There's about 110 skeins of pencil roving here-although they don't all show in this photo, they are lined up three deep! Yes, I am fortunate that I get to play with all of it, but for the most part I have it ready and awaiting orders!

Here's a bit more - in process - its drying, and getting ready to be skeined off. Each batch (8 skeins) takes about 2 hours to dye, 3 hours for the dye to 'set' on the fiber, and then a day to dry in this format, then another day or two to dry once its skeined. Its a fun process - despite being time consuming ! and the smell of white vinegar (the mordrant) eventually does fade :)

I found a great pattern by Sidair to knit a cardigan out of the unspun pencil roving - I'll be starting that soon.

One of these days, I'll get brave and take a picture of my fiber and yarn stash! Hah!


At October 30, 2005 at 6:05 PM, Blogger Momo said...

Wow, that's a lovely "stash." Is it hard to work with pencil roving? I am on a crochet kick right now and am wondering how that would work up.

If I took a picture of my stash it would be pitiful. 10 skeins does not a stash make. Okay, maybe it's 15 :wink:

At October 31, 2005 at 11:37 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

Wow - I love pencil roving! Are those angora goats? My sister picked up a bunch of "unwashed" fiber at the NH wool festival and has begun spinning it - love it!

Thanks for the comments on the Banff - let me know if you decide to use your tweedy yarn for it!

At November 2, 2005 at 10:43 AM, Anonymous ts in mi said...

beautiful-----i'm loving pencil spinning it with a drop- spindle- but may just knit it up!;)


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