Yarnventure 2016

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I’m pooped today.  Yesterday (Friday) I took a vacation day but left the house around normal time.  I picked up Mom and we headed out to hit 5 different shops in SE Minnesota.  This shop-hop is called Yarnventure and this is the 5th annual event.  Five shops doesn’t sound like much, but there are over […]

Another dyeing failure

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I’m beginning to wonder if the sheep that were sheared last year wore acrylic fleece instead of wool. Sigh For my latest attempt in natural dyeing, I was sure this was going to work. There were great instructions over at Knit By A Hen Shop. She used black bean “water” to dye her yarn and they […]

FO Friday – dyed wool hat

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Last fall, I mentioned how we had received a fleece from a neighbor and Kurth Valley Fiber Mill cleaned it and spun it into yarn.  Unfortunately, Papa didn’t give them very good directions as to how thin to process it.  Holding your fingers out and saying “this thick” isn’t very accurate.  As a result, the yarn […]