Tuesday, December 13, 2011

starting to finish

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I've been working on getting some Alpaca Fleece processed for hand spinning. It is a good job to do when the weather turns cold..I work in the mud room near the wood burning stove. First I sort and scour the fiber. I've been using Unicorn Products and absolutely love how they do such a wonderful job. I place some Alpaca in the basin with Power Scour.

After a quick bath, the fiber comes out of the rinse and goes directly into the dye pots that are simmering on the stove. While the dye strikes, I am busy blending and carding. This is a good multi-tasking type of day..and from time to time I change my activities..switching up between carding, dyeing, scouring etc. The clean smell (has a touch of fresh lavendar) of the Unicorn Fiber Rinse fills the air as I work ....and the colors on the drying rack greet me the next morning...reminding me I still have more work to do.

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The early morning sun catches the colors and I am pleased with the results...the greens...

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...the reds...

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I find myself pondering names for colorways..

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...and the job continues...on and off the drum....

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...there are a few more bags to tie before the job is finished....

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..so not exactly "in the bag" ~ yet.

9 comments:

Jody said...

Your dyed fibre looks lovely Cyndy.
I have yet to try those Unicorn products but I have heard good things. I guess I spend too much money on fibre hehe!

elizabeth said...

So pretty! Reminds me of all the alpaca I bought this summer that needs processing....

Vlaďka said...

Do you have any plans what to do with this wonderful wool?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh my goodness. You about wore me out with all that busy-ness. So much to do at one time. I luv those colors. No wonder they make you happy.

fiberjoy said...

Such wonderful colors to brighten a winter day. Do you have a specific project in mind?

Artis-Anne said...

Such lovely colours and it makes me feel like getting out my alpaca to dye up. Any plans for these?

Cathy said...

Lovely lovely colors!!

Brightens these dark days before the solstice!

fiberjoy said...

PS I'm jealous of your mud room!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Those are gorgeous! The colors, the packaging...

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