Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Merino and silk are such a pleasure to spin. This is the result from the fiber I posted last time.
This is only 34 yards... but soooo soft.
Navajo ply.

I didn't have much time to post as my brother was sick again... 
Next fiber...
more left over merino/silk 
turned into this...
238 yards of beautiful tweedy soft yarn.

I have some stitch markers too
large ones and regular ones too

Now back to some Pickwick locks to be washed...

Thursday, 27 November 2014

More Corriedale...

I have been spinning... and spinning and spinning.
I made a second skein 2ply  and this skein is 16wpi (fingering weight).Over 500 yards total for this colorway

Then I went silly Navajo plying making about  44 yards.

How about some more fun... 82 yards Navajo plying.
I like Navajo plying making a 3ply  from one single, no worries to weight the fiber and splitting.... freedom

I really like how this one turned out.
The weather wasn't really nice so I was enjoying spinning this joyous yarn. I'm calling this skein Carnaval de Rio... Dreaming of some south warm sandy beach...

Next I will be playing with a little bit of this,
I wonder what it will look like Navajo plying, this should be softer on the skin too.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


A friend brought me some Ashford Corriedale to spin, 
very nice but I feel it a little hard on my fingers skin to spin this fiber,

still I like it.

It's making a nice 2 ply.

Washed and fulled

2 ply of nice and squishy yarn is the result, the colour is deeper more like red wine.  I wouldn't grade this next to skin but more outwear wool grade.

Friday, 31 October 2014


Milkweed or Asclépiade
This is a toxic plant, to be exact the sap/latex is, so waiting to collect until the plant is drying out is a must.  Once dry it is safe to touch it.  It's good to keep few plants around to help the monarch butterflies as it is their primary feeding, they do lay their eggs on it and the caterpillars will munch on the leaves.

I had few pods left on the dried plants and I wanted to experiment with some of it.
This is how it looks like when you open a pod.

This is what I get once I pulled off the seeds.

The fibers are softer than silk and very light, it's good to work in an area without any drafts or it will fly all over the place.  The thermal properties of this fiver are higher than wool and even duvet, so this could be used as filling/insulation.

I have mixed some with some wasted wool and spun a little for a test run.

This could make a wonderful yarn to work as weft weaving, it's lustrous and so soft.
I will have to experiment more but I really like the way it feels.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Comfortable socks

I finally washed and been taking few pictures of my winter socks, they are simple no lace, no cables but the most comfortable socks.

I used the over spun yarn and the same template as usual except I made them longer so for the last part of the ribs I used two sizes larger needles, that way I can turn it into a cuff or not.

I'm very happy with the result and the yarn is feeling like silk shiny and soft and they will last longer than regular yarn even without nylon, it's really the pleasure of pure wool, warm and dry.

It worths the effort to have cozy feet next winter :)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Apple picking...

Last weekend it was time to go pick some fresh cortland apples.

It was a gorgeous sunny day.

I like this place, beautiful orchard (Joe Giguère) Ile d'Orléans 
great people.

They do sell some delicious ice cider and of course vinegar the real thing unpasteurized, I take 1 tsp a day ... 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Time goes by...and heal

It was a busy time picking from the garden... I forget to take pictures.
tasty grapes

and my favorite green :)

For the first time in months I have done some combing and spinning.
this is some of english leicester locks I didn't processed from last year,  this been taking forever 500 yards of extra fine 2 ply... it is over spun to weave,
but for some unknown reason I can get back to weaving, maybe it's because the last time I did it was the placemats for mother's day, so I changed my mind and started knitting socks...
I did use a cone to make my life easier, over spun yarn just want to twist on itself so it's safer on a cone... and who would say you can't spin lace yarn on the ashford country spinner....

Monday, 4 August 2014

Summer Time

The spinning wheel been singing a little and today a new born skein is soaking in the sun.
This is from leftover combing the English Leicester... it will need to soak all day and still will probably need some dye... maybe I'll try red onion skins... 

The orchid is in full bloom at the moment

I'm mostly busy outside at the moment... things are growing nicely
peppercorn squash... hmmm this will be tasty

This plant is huge, Turk's Turban, it was just for experiment and seems like it's working so far

potatoes ...another experiment this year... it's flowering at the moment

The blue grapes are not blue yet...

my sweet table green are doing very well...

and surprise a cucumber in the strawberry bed.

Friday, 18 July 2014

All used up...

I just finished knitting all the yarn spun from my Pickwick fleece...
fingerless mittens and this mini skein is what I got left.
The pattern is Dalkey from Carol Feller, but I didn't make the rolling rows as I did the first time.

Few pictures from the garden...

Lots of fruits and vegetables growing.. so little time to weed...