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May. 12 2013

In our spare time… (part 2)

By Diana Ross | Posted in Staff Blogs | No Comments

Many of our WBJC volunteers knit or crochet, and we get to talking in Pledge Central about our hobbies.  Many of us bring along a project to show off, and we get to talking about our various fiber addictions interests.

People are often surprised to find out that I also have a spinning wheel and a rigid heddle loom and that I also dye yarn… completely for the fun of it!

So I promised some of my fiber-inclined friends I post some fun pictures of what I did the weekend before the pledge drive:

 

 

 

This is from a Border Leister fleece from a local flock that’s been cleaned, carded and then I spun it into yarn.  I had Singleton Fiber Mill in Frederick, MD do most of the prep, but I’m hand carding before I spin.

After I spun up a pound and a half, I decided it was time to dye up a batch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is freshly washed, and ready to go into the dye bath.  Eventually, I’ll spin up the other 1.5lbs and dye it a second color… all in hopes of knitting a sweater for my husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did a sample swatch…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was going to be a love deep green…

 

 

 

 

 

 

But as you can see, I got a light, minty green with some dark splotches.  Ah well!  I’ll just have to over-dye this batch. Darn! ;)

 

 

Things like this are not an uncommon site on my porch

 

 

What fun things do you do that people might not suspect?

 

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Diana Ross is not the famous Supremes singer, but she does have big hair. Working in both Membership and Operations departments, she does a little bit of everything, including administering this website. You can contact her at dross@bccc.edu.

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