Friday, 26 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
I haven't measured it yet, but when it comes back I will. It should be around 4 ozs as that's what I bought, though it may have lost a bit in the dyeing - this is our first time with milk fibre.
the cost of the fibre was £16.70 so its not cheapo yarn - taking into account spinning time, dyeing time etc. it will be available for £40.00 - postage included. Once I've got the length of the yarn and its exact weight, you can work out the thickness.
I'm looking to negotiate to buy milk fibre in bulk, so the price will come down in time. Meantime - its a great designer yarn for a designer knitter.
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Sunday, 14 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
A photo of our present weaving project - 16lea dew retted natural colour linen sleyed on a 10 dents to an inch reed at 3 ends per dent. 960 warp ends, about 29 inches wide, 28 shot wheel which is giving about 32 shots per inch, on a 50 yard warp drafted as 2 x 2 herringbone.
Despite the dry weather today it is weaving remarkably well - edges relatively firm and overall appearance crisp and well-defined. Considering that it is a dry-spun tow yarn that does tend to get a bit hairy with handling, it is bearing up remarkably. The only trouble is that with 32 spi it is taking forever to weave and is very, very boring. Thank goodness for BBC i-player on the cordless headphones!
Also, yesterday I received the yarn samples from the linen spinner in Belgium. Jos Vannestes has some gorgeous colours, and everything is wet spun and beautiful. Can't wait to get up to the mill at Shawbost and start rifling through their yarn store to find matching shades to get started on the co-ordinating linen and harris tweed cloths.
Two of the ducklings have gone to a new home in the village this morning. They aren't really ducklings any more - at this stage I call them "duckettes".
SassyGael WoollyWags had a record attendance at the knitters group last evening - we even had a holiday visitor who brought her knitting. It's good to get an opportunity to get together for a laugh and a cup of tea - sometimes we even manage to get a bit of knitting done. The main topic of conversation was the Square Up 2 A Blanket project which lifts off tomorrow at the Harris Inn. Everyone in the area is welcome to attend between 11am and 3pm - there will be spare yarn and needles there for anyone to borrow.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Back to the subject in hand - when I was out feeding the hens this morning there was a light sussex in the guinea fowl nestbox and it occurred to me that she had not been in the main henhouse for quite a number of mornings. She raised three chicks last year very successfully and at the time we wished we had had some turkey eggs to put under her as she is quite wide and feathery. Also she is relatively even tempered even when broody. So she is now sitting on three bourbon reds and three norfolk blacks. The buff orp is too much of a ladette to be brooding anything except maybe a bacardi breezer, so we discounted her. So it is the bantam who has the other six. We will keep an eye on them to check that they are sitting ok as we seem to have so many cluckies at the moment that we can afford to shuffle them round till we find the right match.
So, taking tomorrow as day 1, hatch date should be 4th July. (Could this be a film title - "Hatched on the 4th July???)
Am now going to shut up about it for the next 28 days - a watched pot never boils, and a watched egg never hatches. If we get a 30% hatch from the eggs, I will not be disatisfied since they do deteriorate as they come through the post. But hopefully we will get something....
Friday, 5 June 2009
a) do I put half the eggs under the growly buff orpington in the byre who has been sitting for a number of days on nothing and is certainly big enough to brood six turkey eggs but has an alarming habit of suddenly forgetting what she's supposed to be doing and abandoning her nest in favour of a riotous party with friends; or
b) do I put half the eggs under the dour little bantam who is sitting with her back to the world resolutely sitting, again on nothing, but who is loathe to leave her post even for a call of nature. She might be a bit small for six big eggs, and she also is lacking in a sense of humour - I remember how hatching those guinea fowl eggs last year went down - she couldn't see the funny side of that, so how will she be with turkeys? or
c) do I put six under each broody and let them get on with it, risking all the eggs if the party spirit gets too much for the buff orp to handle, and the little bantam looses her footing and plummets off her clutch; or
d) do I put them all in the incubator and risk a power cut - which is what happened in 2006 and it gave us many sleepless nights- both waiting for the eggs to hatch (which fortunately most of them did) and also with ten turkeys in a cage in the sitting room screaming their heads off and needing attention all the time; or
e) do I put three under each broody, six in the incubator and hope for the best - working on the basis that if the incubator ones hatch out I can add them to any family that the others might have hatched themselves.
Oh dear, its not an easy decision, but one which will have to be made tomorrow....