Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hand spun Socks

Last year I processed some of Captain Cavalier, my dark fawn male. He has a bit of a reddish tone to his fiber. It is quite beautiful. And he is cute as you can see.

The roving I had made I mixed with 50% merino in begonia (pink). I had spun some into a fine strand.
One day at Peaceful Knitters I met Joyce. She loves to knit socks on her vintage sock machine and invited me over to take a look. It was a beautiful piece of machinery. She knew all the ins and outs of its operations. We tried a commercially processed alpaca fiber first and it broke one of her needles. So we thought maybe a thinner hand spun would work. I sent some home with her and she knitted up these awesome socks. One is ribbed and the other not. She knitted both with 1 strand alpaca/merino and 1 strand of lycra. Lycra will help the socks to stay up and not slide down to my ankle.
I have worn them a couple of times. I am curious to see how my hand spun is going to hold up. The socks are super soft and comfy. My toes will be nice and warm this winter!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bantam Chicken and her peeps

I am really not a fan of Bantam Chickens. I prefer my Rhode Island Reds and Black Austrolorpes. They are good and consistent egg layers. I originally bought bantam chicks because I thought they were pretty. I purchased 5 chicks and ended up with one rooster. He is a tough little guy. I carry a stick when I enter their territory. He can really hurt you when he attacks. One time I was feeding my feral kits and I didn't see him creep up behind me. He jumped on my back and dug his toes into my shoulder. I nearly fainted with fright!
Anyhow one of female Bantams disappeared for about 2 weeks. I couldn't find her anywhere. Her wings haven't been clipped so I knew she could fly about if necessary. One evening during feeding chores, I lifted a flake of hay that had fallen and there she was nesting! I decided to leave her alone and to see what would happen. I have caught her before trying to nest, but she never stayed long on the eggs. This time was different. A few days ago I lifted the flake of hay to find her and a chick. I guess it takes about 24-48 hours for all of the eggs to hatch. I will move her to a safer place in a few days.
Update: I did move her and her 4 chicks. It has been fun to watch her feed her chicks and to see them jump on their mother. She sings to them at night while they are tucked under her feathers. Who said farming was uneventful??

Friday, August 5, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday-Weekly Roundup

Have you ever spun something you weren't satisfied with? I am not very pleased with this purple skein and crystals. I spun the strands too thick and I did not add enough crystals. It looks rather sparse. Definitely not what I had in my mind. My daughter graciously asked if she could knit something from it.
On another note, I did card up my Pakistani batt and began to spin it. I spent quite a bit of time add "beads" to the skein and it didn't work very well. I tried to spin them in with gold thread and then wisps of fiber. Neither worked very well. I will now ply the beads on gold thread. I think it will be really pretty. I still am plugging away on this skein so I will post photos at the finish. Have a great weekend and happy Fiber Arts Friday! Pop over to WonderWhyGal for more fiber fun!