Fleece Flurries And A Crazy Knitter

I’ve started the races on wool washing. As of now I have a pretty good start. I’m being extra careful to not let the wool sit and be forgotten for too long, as that seems to make the final fiber coarser. I have a finished batch drying, another in the degrease stage, and a third in the preliminary soaking.

In the meantime, quick, take a guess. What new knitting project have I plunged into? Anyone? Anyone? DSCN9630

It is not a garden hose cozy. I haven’t quite gone off the deep end yet. I am merely dipping my toe in the water, so to speak. (Although I’m not doing it the toe-up way.) Behold the beginnings of a sock. And before you start pointing out that the yarn isn’t one of mine, let me explain. I was going to try to knit my first socks out of handspun, but the only handspun yarn I had was too thick. My knitting sister very kindly shared from her stash, so while you see before you a completely commercial yarn, it is still a nice yarn. Could I have waited to spin my own? Of course not! When you have the urge, you knit.

The first bobbin of soysilk is off the wheel! I just love love love this stuff. Aside from plastering itself to my shirt and flinging tickly little filaments far and wide it’s behaving beautifully. DSCN9623

I can hardly wait to see it plyed, and then to see it in indigo. I’ve been creating a list of things I want to indigo dye. Hopefully I’ll have enough indigo and time to do them all. The soysilk is one, then I’ll be doing a skein of silk (yet to be spun) for one of my sisters, and I’d love to dye some stash yarns (which also need to be spun), and perhaps I’ll try dyeing some fleece locks for later use.

The biggest puzzle at the moment is where and with what to do the actual dye pot. Because of the nature of indigo I have a feeling it will be rather messy, so I really don’t want to attempt doing it in the kitchen, although the air conditioning would be nice. That leaves outside. And unless I try heating the big pot on our gas grill, I don’t have anything with which to bring the dye temperature up to where it needs to be.

A crock pot has suggested itself. As has the wild idea of a hot plate or camp stove. And I visited the old “build a fire” idea. Don’t worry. There’s very little chance of that last happening. For one thing our backyard isn’t big enough. For another it will be summer and the heat would be terrible. So, I basically need a giant crock pot that has very finely tuned temperature controls. Anyone have one languishing in their basement? Borrowing the neighbor’s hot tub is out of the question.

2 Responses to Fleece Flurries And A Crazy Knitter
  1. Mama Mentor
    June 17, 2009 | 1:54 pm

    Have you considered one of those big electric “roaster ovens?” I use mine as an oversized slow-cooker all the time. They typically hold 18 or 22 quarts, I believe. I bet you could find one at a yard sale for a few bucks. Of course, you could always buy one of those gigantic propane turkey-frying setups too!

    I will be interested to see if you get sucked into sock-knitting addiction. Lina has a serious sock-knitting habit. I made one pair to prove I could, years ago, but since I so rarely wear socks, I have little incentive to make them!

    I am looking forward to seeing the finished soy yarn, especially after the indigo!

  2. Rebekah
    June 17, 2009 | 3:28 pm

    Oh, I hadn’t thought of a roaster. I’ll have to go do some more research! Thanks for the suggestion.

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