June 25, 2010

Fiber Fun Friday -- Walk a Mile in My Shoes

I am soooo bad. It's already Friday evening and I'm just getting my Fiber Friday post done. Oops.

The reason it's so late is that I've been busy, busy with none other than fiber....oh wait....yarn. Close enough. I've been so busy that I don't even have any good pictures for you, but I can give you a brief recap of my week.

The UPS man arrived last Friday evening with my yarn. Oodles and oodles of beautiful yarns on cones. (think many pounds). These are the yarns that we will be adding to our Etsy shop really soon. As soon as I can skein them and dye them up that is.

Anyway, the man in brown dropped the boxes off. We had dinner and then just as I start to look at my wonderful goodies the power goes off...and stayed off for 61 hours. Grrrrr.

I had planned on spending last weekend working on these yarns since I had other things to do this week. I'm sure I could have gotten inventive and dyed them over an outdoor fire or something like the old days, but, um, no thank you.

I finally got to them on Wednesday and I've been winding the yarn off the cones into skeins and dying them up like mad. I've got tons drying right now and tomorrow the plan is to get them up on Etsy.

The winding off the cones was an interesting adventure. I wanted BIG skeins. Well, not big exactly, but loooong. I'm handpainting a bunch of them with stripes and I wanted long stripes. Do you know how to easily wind up a long string into a 5 yard loop?? I didn't either, but I came up with a low-tech way to get it done.

I measured a piece of yarn 5 yards long. I spread my dining room chairs apart and using the yarn piece I moved them around until one wrap around them was 5 yards.

I then proceeded to unwind the cones by walking around the chairs and wrapping the yarn until I got the desired length. That's a lot of walking. I have now wound nearly 4000 yards. Do you know how many miles that is??? That's about 2.3 miles....in my living room!!

In the past 3 days I have walked more than 2 miles in the same 15 foot circle. I got seriously dizzy a few times too.

So, every time you purchase one of our skeins of yarn remember me walking every single yard of that yarn around my kitchen chairs. :o)


  1. Hi. Nice to meet you.

    61 hours with no power? I hope that doesn't happen often.

    I would love to see how your striped yarn turned out. (I know nothing about yarn, but it seems interesting.)

  2. Wow Do you have a groove in your floor from the walking? I think it is really neat that you dye your yarn yourself. that is so cool.
    Stopping by from new friend Friday.

  3. I'm passing on an award to you!! :-)
    Please visit here: http://thecraftbarn-ny.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-first-award.html to receive it!!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn



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