A Farewell to Psych: Love the Hat

Ok, it was a corny, silly show, but I really liked Psych and I’m sorry to see it go. To me, it was one of those feel good, “light” TV programs perfect for viewing while knitting, spinning, or all around doing something else. Watching one of the re-runs Lassie Jerkey, first aired on 13 March 2013, I had to laugh at this scene. Immediately grabbing my camera to take pictures off of the TV, I replayed the scene until the dialogue was written down properly. The scene focuses around this hat. I totally love the slouchy hat. It’s worn by the character Kate Favor played by Kate Rogal:

Hat worn by character Kate Favor

Hat worn by character Kate Favor

Scene: Carlton Lassiter (aka Lassie), played by Timothy Omundsen, had just fallen into a stream. When he got out, Kate covered his head with her hat to warm him up.

Lassie is now wearing the hat.

Lassie is now wearing the hat.

Lassie: What kind of wool is this?
Kate: It’s an angora blend I think.
Lassie: It’s delightful!
Kate: I know, right?

Totally love that “fiber talk” made it into a snippet of one of my favorite TV shows. I’d also like the pattern for the hat. Looks so comfortable, and just think how soft it is.

Spinning A New Wheel

q8~Bad bloggers here! Curls has an excuse since she works, but what’s mine? Laziness? Ok, I could blame it on the fact that news about us finally having a guest room has spread. Hum, San Diego during the summer? Let’s show up at Q’s house. But, no, I could still blog. Ok, I’ll go with pure-d-laziness.

Hubs and I went on a small road trip to San Luis Obispo, home of my alma mater, Cal Poly. I had a meltdown, where was my adorable college and college town? The campus has been replace with modernistic buildings. Sigh…… My dorm, Yosemite Hall, was still there with huge plants all around. The tiny, little, town has one way streets. Anyway….

Stopped at Village Fibers in Solvang and just HAD to purchase a Schacht Sidekick. I’d been looking for a more portable spinning wheel to take to class. This isn’t a bulky as Mariah, my Lendrum. Although, Rosie is a bit heavy. Once I spun on her, I was hooked. I totally LOVE this wheel. I had been borrowing a small Louet Victoria and decided it was not the wheel for me; too light, bounced too much, wheel kept going backwards when I stopped, etc. Also tried the small Majacraft, the drive band was not user friendly for arthritic or damaged hands. So hello Rosie, my Sidekick.

Another stop on our journey was to Morro Fleece Works, in Morro Bay. Yikes! Can I please win the lottery so I can purchase one of everything? Finally settled on two bags of stuff. The owner Shari McKelvy is an absolute delight. If you need a fleece washed and prepped, this is the place! Super fun to spin on Rosie. This is the best of times!

Rosie, my Sidekick

Rosie, my Sidekick

Birdseye view

Birdseye view

Lavender Cormo-Silk Blend

Lavender Cormo-Silk Blend

Spinning Soft Shetland

q~Ah…… So soft on the hands, Shetland fiber. And, I thought BFL was soft. I’ve found a new fiber to love. I purchased this gorgeous Shetland from Paradise Fibers when they had a sale. One of the women in the spinning class recommended it. This is such a super soft fiber! After spinning Western Sky Knits’ BFL Jazz I decided I wanted to ply it with a brown colored fiber. I pulled out the Shetland and think this will be a perfect match.

Shetland and BFL

Shetland and BFL

What’s On The Bobbin?

q~Purchased 3 oz, unknown wool fiber from one of the gals in my spinning class. The fiber was in a bag, it felt really fabulous, and the colors perfect for spinning and knitting a hat for my granddaughter. Yeah!  I pulled hanks off of the wool roving, attenuated it and spun. She was right it spun beautifully; a soft, shiny, fiber. Then…….. I found 1 oz of odd roving which had been “hidden” inside of the beautiful “stuff” and dyed along with it since the dye matches. If feels as if it is coarse, I-hate-to-spin, Dorset or wool of that ilk. I spun it on a separate bobbin. Now I’m not sure I’ll have enough to make Maddie’s hat. I’ll see how much of the “pretty stuff” I have when the yarn is plied. Maybe there’s enough of the ick to make a doll hat? Lesson learned, always pull the fiber out of the bag to make sure it is all good. Any of you have a similar problem?

Fiber For Maddie's Hat

Fiber For Maddie’s Hat

Pop Quiz This Morning

q~Put your books away and take out a piece of paper and a pencil, we have a pop quiz this morning. What do Lincoln wool and Gotland wool have in common? (I can hear my kids from here, “Mom you’re such a Nerd!” I wear the title proudly as the Nerd Test blog of August 26 can attest to, I’m a Nerd Queen.) Here are the two fibers: Left – Gotland top, Right – Lincoln locks.


For all of you Tolkienites or Fiber Factoidites, if you guessed that they were both used in costumes created for use in Peter Jackson movies based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien you’d be correct.

The fleece from New Zealand’s Stansborough Gotland sheep were spun into yarn and then woven into the Magic Elven cloaks. The Lord of the Rings costume designers ordered 1000 m (1093 yards) of this fiber when they saw it on display in New York. Odd twist of fate is that it is produced in New Zealand where the trilogy was shot. The yarn was produced by Stansborough Fibres a family-owned business in New Zealand.

In the latest issue of Spin-off (remember it’s “talking” to me) there’s a blurb about “Yarn Fit For A Hobbit”. Over 200 pounds ( about 90 kg) Lincoln fiber was “wildspun” to use in costumes. 9 pounds (about 4 kg) of “wildspun” yarn was used per costume, this made each sleeve weigh 3 pounds (about 1 kg). Hallblacks Natural Wool Products produced the wool used in The Hobbit.

Just so happens that we had plans to see The Hobbit yesterday, so the blurb was giving me the heads up to look closely at the costumes. The Hubs, the son and I sat glued to our seats, 3-D glasses on, ducking as object flew straight at us, as we were totally entranced by the movie. Honest confession, after the movie Hubs asked me if I’d even seen 1/2 of the movie. LOL! I can’t watch all the fighting in movies, so I close me eyes. Yep, I’m sure I saw at least 1/2 of the movie and it was good. I was exhausted though watching the arms lifting the three pound sleeves, I totally got a work out.

Another confession is that I never saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so we watched part one, The Fellowship of the Ring, last night and made the day a total J. R. R. Tolkien day. Over the next two evenings, we’ll watch the other two parts. Good thing I have a spinning wheel, I spun while there was fighting on-screen. Since I have both Lincoln locks and Gotland top I should be spinning Tolkien, but I’m not. I don’t have any empty bobbins, however I will when my new ones arrive next week. Girl can’t have too many bobbins.

So hands up, how many of you are planning on seeing The Hobbit? That is it you haven’t already seen it.

Wool Candy Rolags

q~The last time I was at my favorite Japanese market, they had these intriguing Wool Candy packets.  The ad said they were for needle felting, but the image my brain created for the Wool Candy was carded and spun. Super yum!

Here’s the pack:


Look at the luscious colors, most of the yarns have different textures from each other and there is a sparkle roll. Out of curiosity, I grabbed the Color Grid and compared the colors. It was fun to see the the colors all lined up in the same relative column, with the rust color as the contrast. Too cool!


Ah, the tendonitis in my right thumb can tell you how long it took to card these 24 rolags! They’re now all ready to spin. Question is I’d like to spin short, forward draw to get lofty, soft yarn, but that kills the thumb, so do I settle for the long draw which is a ton faster, doesn’t hurt the thumb, but gives “tougher and sleeker” yarn? Hum…  If you look closely at the pic, you can see the spinning towel I put over my lap when working with fibers. See how nicely the rolags are place on it? That means my lap is LOADED with fiber. Forgot to put it over my lap. And, why am I doing this when the Christmas gifts are not finished? Sigh….


FO – 40 Years Later

q~With Christmas coming and my son on his way home from Afghanistan, today I decided it was time for me to finish my mother-in-law Geri’s afghan. I was lucky enough to inherit the unfinished afghan since my sister-in-law doesn’t knit and I do. Geri had finished the knitting the rows of multiple color, but had not woven in the ends (the really boring part). My son held a special spot in his Grandma Geri’s heart so I think this afghan will be the perfect gift to him from her. He doesn’t read this blog and his sisters won’t tell. 😎

The knitting pattern is so interesting! I’m dying to try this pattern in a scarf. The colors are totally the 1970’s. Both sides were full of ends which had to be woven in. And dang, you can see they don’t look like fringe so it had to be done.


It took hours of tedious weaving, but it’s done! Since it’s acrylic, I threw it in the washer with some fabric softener, and then in the dryer. Now it’s ready to be wrapped. Mike will be delighted. Chalk one Finished Object up for Geri! You are missed.



Ms. Spins-A-Lot

q~I’m sure it’s not apparent, but I have so totally been on a spinning kick. It’s recommended that a spinner spins at least 10 minutes every day. I’m trying my best to meet that goal. Yesterday Sweaty Knitter blogged about Niddy Noddys showing her beauties. Mine is the ugly duckling which I made, but works well. It’s a good thing because I’m using it so much lately it’s going to have wear grooves in it. This is what I have with my noddy; the crazy, dye-by-me purple fiber carded with halloween fire sparkle and spun is on the noddy waiting for its turn to soak and hang. The finished pink batt after being spun, wound, wetted, and hung. I shared the batt with you on the November 11 post: Batting 1000. On the bobbin, waiting it’s turn for the noddy is a black fiber carded with halloween fire sparkle before spinning.


The spun hand-dyed orange – halloween fire yarn hanging to dry on the “prepare me for knitting” set-up. I always soak my finished skeins in hot water with Soak for at least 20 minutes and then hang using different sized cans as weights. Horrid picture, but I can’t fit into that tight space to take a proper pic.


Hurray for me! I got hand-carders for my birthday. They arrived and the Hubs put them together for me. A big thank you! I’ve been hyperventilating waiting to try hand carding the Halloweenish fibers I’ve dyed with the Halloween colored Fire. This is the orange, the same one that’s hanging above:

orange2Orange rolag, Hand-dyed orange fiber, Halloween Fire, Fiber on carded

The Halloween fiber is destined to become a Jester Hat for the grandkids.

Delightful Handpainted Fiber Surprise

q~Hello My Pretty! I fell in love with this roving the minute I laid eyes on it at Happy Ewe! It is so not colors I wear. What was there about the braid of  85% Polworth Wool/15% Tussah Silk Fiber, color way: Rainbow Bright by Western Sky Knits (WSL) that called my name?

my pretty

As I was undoing the braid, I was overtaken with total amazement. I was expecting the colors of the rainbow because of the Rainbow Bright name: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Keep in mind, I’ve looked at My Pretty every day since purchase AND shared it with the spinning class but never noticed that I’m looking at a color way in the print color wheel!

Watch out, my science brain is taking over! There are 3 main types of color models/wheels which have different primary colors; dye, print and light. I taught this for 23 years but never had it “hit-me-in-the-face” before.

brief description of each without all of the vocabulary and science which usually accompanies a lesson.

1. Most of use are familiar with the dye color model/wheel we learned about in elementary school which has the primary colors of  red, blue, and yellow. Combining the primary colors give us the secondary colors of red + yellow = orange; yellow + blue = green; blue + red = purple.

2. On the printed page the colors we see are based on tiny little dots so close together that our eyes blend them together into colors. This is based on the CMYK color model: cyan (C), magenta (M), yellow (Y) and black (K). Get a magnifying glass and look at the Sunday comics, easy to see the dots. The primary colors of print are: cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y).  The secondary colors obtained by mixing the primary colors are not exactly the same as the secondary colors of dye, but create values of the colors: Magenta + yellow = orange; yellow + blue = yellow green; blue + magenta = purple. Combine all colors to get black, the black isn’t a true black that’s why real black is added. Think of the color cartridges you purchase for your color printer.

3. The colors emitted by a light source which go straight into our eyes; for example TVs, computer screens, stage lights are based on adding light together. The primary colors of light are red, blue and green. The secondary colors are red + blue = cyan; blue + green = yellow (yes, yellow); green + red = magenta. If all three primary colors are projected at a single spot, white light results. Next time you’re at a play, notice that all of the footlights are either red, blue, or green. The lights are combined to make different colored spotlights; including white.

So, when I unbraided My Pretty, much to my delight I noticed that the CMYK color model was used to produce the color way: magenta, orange, yellow, yellow-green, aqua, purple and black. And, as expected the black is not a true black it’s more of a very, very, dark, midnight blue. Here is My Pretty folded into a CMYK color model: Magenta, orange, yellow, yellow-green, aqua, purple, and black. Very clever dyer! Now it’s time to get to the wheel and have some fun!


One Down: Legwarmers Finished

~Score one, the legwarmers are finished! Darcey is modeling them with her boots. I hand-dyed the yarn to give it a heathered lavender look. The color on the bottom picture is too bright. The pattern is Cabled Yoga Leg Warmers by Liz Kingston, free on Ravlery.

My happy birthday day so we’re off the Jonestown’s fiber store. Hurray! Hopefully I’ll see oodles of fabulous fibers that I’ll want to scoop up and fondle. Ta.