Thank you all for your well wishes for Hannah! She was feeling better yesterday but still not well enough to go to school. She slept until after 10 (which is quite late for her), got up and watched some tv, ate some jello and toast, and then napped on the couch for the afternoon. These stomach viruses can really take the wind out of a girl’s sails. I’m happy to report that today she is back to her grumpy teenage self and has gone off to school. Whew.
So, what’s a mother to do when she’s home for the day but not needing to play nursemaid constantly?
Socks for Jessica. The yarn is the perfect transition for Project Spectrum March into Project Spectrum April. It’s red and orange and yellow.
And she spins.
This is still the Romney I bought at SPA. It’s almost gone and I’m glad because I’m ready to spin something else but I’m sad because I love this stuff.
And then she remembers something she’s been itching to do! (Okay, enough of the third person, it’s annoying.)
I suddenly remembered the bag of fleece I bought at The Mannings last November. I dug it out of the fiber drawer and commenced washing. This is my first time washing a fleece but I’ve read about it on so many blogs that I felt like I knew what I was doing.
First I spread it out on the counter. Smelly, but not terribly smelly.
Then I put it in a sink full of warm water and Eucalan. The water turned dark brown within seconds. I rinsed and repeated 4 times until the water was mostly clear.
Then I spread it on the deck to dry.
Turned it over and spread it out some more until it got nice and fluffy.
Then I packed it up to bring to Blogless Sharon’s to be carded on the drum carder, which is currently residing at her house.
Oooh. Fiber batts of my very own making. They look like big ole Tootsie Rolls, don’t they? I probably should have rinsed more times or used hotter water because the fiber has still got a lot of lanolin in it. But it’s soft and I think it’s going to spin up very nicely. It will be perfect for spinning at a living history we’re doing next weekend.
Now, do you want to know the truly sad part of this whole process? I’ve been thinking about how the fiber festival season is drawing very close and how I really need to start spinning more of my fiber so that I can make room for what I want to purchase. Makes sense, right? When I thought of this bag of fleece, I thought, yeah, get that washed and carded and out of the way. Out of the way? It took up a lot less room when it was dirty and smooshed into the bag.