Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yarn Along: Little Charley Bear

This is Little Charley Bear, a commissioned project. I hope he is approved!

Ravelry link

By happy chance, I picked up these two books at the library last week. The Fatal Impact by Alan Moorehead and Anatomy of Paradise by J. C. Furnas. The Fatal Impact talks about Captain Cook's explorations in the South Pacific and the impact it had on the inhabitants. It is very heavy on the concept of the "Noble Savage". Alternately, Anatomy of Paradise seems to exist almost solely for the purpose of destroying just that concept! I haven't read either book cover-to-cover yet, but I have to say that I like Anatomy of Paradise much better so far.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Carding Wool

I couldn't justify spending so much on hand carders when I'm not setting up a wool business or anything, so I got two dog slicker bushes at the store today. They work quite well!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wool Washing

 This is not an entire fleece by any stretch of the imagination. It's wool from native Gulf Coast sheep.

Before washing:

First rinse:

Third rinse:

First wash:


I'm going to try carding with dog brushes once it's dry.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Some Finished Items

 Yesterday I finished this baptismal blanket and sewed buttons on the recent sweater. I am only so-so on the blanket; I tweaked the pattern and now I wish either I hadn't or I had tweaked it slightly differently. Oh well.

Ravelry link

Ravelry link

I'll be blocking both items today over tomorrow. What I'm working on in the meantime is adorable. I hope it turns out! Photos coming in a few days.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scenes from a Walk

 For a change, I took the camera with me when I walked this morning. 
(Note: This is obviously selective - I do not live in a town planned by Southern Living.)