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Bad Times In the Ole Corral!

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

I am sorry that I haven’t been blogging for the last few weeks. There are some serious things going on in my family and I’ll probably be quite sporatic for the next few months. Life must go on so I am trying really hard to go on, too!

Anyway, I might as well tell you about our spinning guild’s recent trip to Kent and Nanette Knappenberger’s “ranch” in Westfield, NY, since we are talking about corrals! Our group is call the “Hilltop Spinners” and it was started about 25 years ago. My daughter and I joined about 3 1/2 years ago. I first learned to spin on a drop spindle and quickly had a new Lendrum spinning wheel all my own.

Kent and Nanette have sheep, a mohair goat named “Fred”, horses, a cow, a llama named “Sugar Bear” and some dogs (and lots of cute kids!!!). We always have a great time when our meeting is at their house. They have beautiful fiber and roving for us to buy and a fun project for us to “make and take”. This year we played around with dying fiber and locks and then baked our creations in the oven for one hour to set the dye. Beautiful hand-dyed rovings and fleece were had by all. Last year we cleaned and washed “Fred” for our own mohair to spin!

Here are some pictures from our special day:






This is Fred the mohair goat. Last year, Kent had been shearing him and only had one side of him done when we came for our guild meeting. When Kent tried to show Fred to us, Fred wouldn’t come our of his little shed because he was so embarassed!!!

Here is Kent (Nanette is just behind him) with his horses.

And here is the little pony!

I bought two fleeces to spin. They are both border leicester fleeces.

This one is from “Marianne”.

And this one is from Laura!

And our dying experiments were very lovely! Here are the locks:

And the roving!

We had a great time and are very thankful to Kent and Nanette for being the perfect hosts for our spinning guild! Thanks again!!!

Alphabet Markers & Koolaid Sock Yarn

Friday, September 28th, 2007

As you know, I have been happily knitting along on my socks from Cat Bordhi’s book, “New Pathways For Sock Knitters, Book One”. Did you know that there is a Knit-A-Long set up for this book? You can find this KAL here! I am sure there are a LOT of folks who would like to be a part of this KAL. There are many nice photos and posts there already from some very busy sock knitters.

I have been making sets of the alphabet markers to be used with the book. I am going to be selling them at some of our local yarn shops as soon as they get in some of the new books.


I had quite a time trying to figure out how to display these. Any opinions on how you think they look? Leave me a comment if you have any suggestions. I’d be ever so grateful!!!

Here is my story about some UGLY sock yarn! If there could be such a thing, LOL! I purchased a very soft skein of pretty sock yarn at a shop about two months ago. After I got it home, I realized that the ball band was missing so I didn’t have any of the “particulars” of the yarn. So, the next time I went to that shop, I wrote down all the pertinent information and brought it home to be put with the yarn. I kind of like to know these things! Well, when I looked at the yarn again, I realized it was quite an odd color, to say the least. It was mostly cream with little splotches of dark brown and some peachy/coral stuff going on here and there. When I turned the skein over, the dyes hadn’t even gone all the way through. I couldn’t figure out why I had bought it. Maybe the lighting was bad in the store, or MAYBE the yarn fumes were getting to me!

Anyway, here I was with this very strange looking yarn (did I mention it was very soft?!?!?) that I knew I would never knit into ANYTHING! So, I was feeling rather adventurous and decided to dye it with some Kool-Aid! I mixed up two packages of Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade with one package of Arctic Green Apple in a bowl of water and plunked that into the microwave and cooked it for 2 minutes on high, turned it over and cooked it for 2 more minutes and then poured the water off and finished it up with 2 more minutes. Take a look at it now!!!


Tah-Dah! A beautiful skein that has my very favorite color green as the background! I LOVE it!!! Who knew?!?!?!