I'm trying out a new fiber blending tool, the hackle, graciously loaned by my friend, Janet.
With its sharp tines, it is every bit as scary-looking as my other "torture device" fiber tools.
Beginning with some indigo-dyed wool, I lashed some on the tines, filling across with a layer.
Next, I lashed on some slippery, white silk.
Then, some purple-dyed alpaca I've had for years, from West Valley Alpacas in Esparto, California.
I repeated the layers twice more
and then used a diz to take the blended fibers off the hackle, making a lovely roving.
It spins up beautifully and is making a river of color on the bobbin of my Schacht wheel.
Great process! And I thought I didn't need any more fiber tools...
Typically, the sight of a Super Moon would be cause for me to celebrate and enjoy.
However, the bright light from this moon has convinced the sheep for the past five days that at 3:30 a.m. it is dawn and time to be fed. Although I've quite adjusted to a farmer's hours, that's just a tad early for me.
How can I resist these faces, though?