Over the last two days I’ve canned 24 quarts of applesauce plus 2 pints. But if I could say 50 pints, it would sound more impressive. They are cull apples because we didn’t get them sprayed with anything so, I’m losing about half of each apple to insects. Still there are plenty of apples to go around. I’m canning the sauce now and when it’s ugly and cold, we can make apple butter.
And in between batches, I’ve decided it is past time to turn some of my spun singles into plied yarn ready to use.
This is the soft luscious wool from our dog, Beau. I am so pleased with the way it spun up, but don’t have a project in mind yet
A pretty red wool, probably destined to be a scarf as there isn’t enough for a sweater. I think I fell in love with this color, so purchased the roving.
I’m guessing this was one of our Babydoll sheep. But when I don’t label things, I forget. Since there isn’t much wool, that’s my best guess.
All of these are now washed and ready to wind and use when I decide what to knit. Plus I am plying a lot of – maybe 2# of brown yarn I have spun singles. It looks as if there is enough for a sweater. Maybe I can show that tomorrow.
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It was a beautiful morning, so we decided to work outside. I finished skirting the fleeces and then we started to set up the beehives for the bees coming to live with us on Sunday. We bought new frames as the old ones were well used. The location is set and one hive is ready. The other is still here in the garage as the weather suddenly changed and we had a good blast of hail and a downpour. It is still raining.
A short nap and then spinning seemed like an excellent idea. I filled the bobbin and this is the swift that I put it on. The yarn broke at about the half way point on the bobbin, so I just wound off to that point as I think I can get the rest of the yarn spun on this bobbin.
From there it gets washed, dried and then a sample is made. I counted 460 yards in this hank. This is about a sport weight yarn or perhaps a bit less, so I should have enough for a simple cardigan.