Fiber, Sweet Fiber

Home again among all the beautiful piles of fluffy stuff. Ahhhhh. It’s good to be back.

I took two projects along on the trip in the hope of being semi-productive. One was the drop spindle New Zealand wool that I’ve been hiding in my closet, reluctant to do. And the other was the merino/silk scarf. Only one project got done.
And it was . . .

merinoscarfpre-block

The scarf. Now I just have to block it. I got rather good at carefully “un-knitting” after I had to bother my sister five or six times. But eventually I mastered the pattern or didn’t notice my mistakes anymore. Oh, I also had the thrilling experience of having the scarf half pulled off the needles a couple of times. And once completely. (That last time I ran to my sister. Positively ran. Well, it was more of a shame-faced shuffle. Next time I’ll be more careful when I pull a project out of its bag.)

And, on the drive home, I made a cotton washrag to scrub out my dye pots. It’s a modified scatter stitch, which seems to have turned in to a random broken rib stitch. Oh well. It works. I’m assuming you don’t need to block a wash rag.

Electric Blue

Electric Blue

The New Zealand has been officially retired. The original idea was to spin up the whole pound of it on the drop spindle, dye it with indigo, and then crochet it into a specific sweater pattern. Well, it’s a crochet pattern, so it’ll take a lot of yarn, I don’t really like the pattern any more (too many holes in it), and drop spindling takes a long time. I’ll ply up the four balls of single that I have and use it for something. And I’ll put the roving to some other use. For instance . . .

I am now seriously considering selling hand-dyed roving, yarn, and handspun online. If I use the white roving I already have it’ll keep the start-up “out of pocket” cost down.

Selling is something I’ve thought about for awhile, but always backed away from for two reasons. One, I thought I had to be able to make a big profit right away. Two, there are so many yarn and fiber dealers out there, why would someone want my creations? The first one is obviously incorrect. I don’t have to make a big profit. Just preferably meet expenses with a little left over. As for the second, well, I can try to keep cost (thus prices) down while still delivering great products. If they like the yarn, they like the yarn. I’d really appreciate prayer for wisdom and guidance on this.

3 Responses to Fiber, Sweet Fiber
  1. outandin
    April 30, 2009 | 11:16 am

    Well, it seems that you’re turning into a knitter!

    I’ve been waiting for you to make the jump to selling. I’d be happy to share with you what little I know about it!

  2. Rebekah
    April 30, 2009 | 11:48 am

    Oh, that would be wonderful. Shall I email you?

  3. outandin
    May 1, 2009 | 7:26 pm

    Of course you should email me. Any time you want!

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