I'm spinning up the last of my "good" wool sliver. I have a bunch of mill ends, but this was the last bag of clean, well processed sliver. There was just under 300 g of Merino in the bag. I spun up just over 1000 yds of singles. I dyed them using weak acid dyes, by adding each skein in order after a specific time. I have three skeins which are different shades of the same colour. They are destined for a woven scarf project.
I will using gelatin sizing on them just to be sure that they will hold while weaving. By mixing up the gelatin double strength, soaking the warp in it and letting it dry, there is less abrasion and breakage of the singles. The gelatin washes out easily when the finished item is soaked in warm water.
My sweetie had a week of holidays that he "had" to take. It was another week at home. We did some lovely short hikes on the days that the weather cooperated. This trail was one we'd done in the summer, but had been driven back by the mosquitoes. They were unexpectedly thick and we really couldn't finish the trail as we weren't prepared for that many bugs at the time. Now of course, the weather is cold. It was quite brisk and made for a lovely hike. We could see why there'd been so many mozzies! There are several ponds, a very slow moving stream and an unexpected amount of standing water.
We weren't the only people there that day. There were a number of people out there which was nice. Everyone kept their distance but were friendly. The best comment was from a gal out walking with her mother, who told us that "there weren't any bears"! Since we don't live in bear country and they are rarely sighted in the area, it gave me a good set of the giggles.
There is snow on the ground again, so it's doubtful we'll get much more hiking done until spring, but it was great weather for a week off to play outside. Sweetie also got a lot of headway made on the last pile of maple which was encroaching on my parking spot. I can park my cute little car safely once again!
Despite all this, there was a lot of down time, including one day which was so dark and grey, that almost nothing was accomplished, except some Animal Crossing and video golf. I can totally understand the worshipping or celebrating of the winter solstice. The last couple of weeks with short days can be really frustrating. I had to be in town for 8 am, and I needed to use my car headlights, and I'm having to make sure that I'm feeding the chooks well before 4:30 pm, or they are already starting to roost for the night. Only a few more days!