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Soaping!

18 Sep

One of the reasons I had to take a break from canning tomatoes was because of soaping.  I shared that I had sent a bunch of soap and lotion to a store in Des Moines, and that left a lot of empty space on my shelves.

I’m working on filling up those blank spaces.

Last weekend, I made eight batches of soap on Saturday.

I’m also working on keeping up with the milk from the goats.  I am getting just about a gallon a day from the five girls I’m milking.

I have to make lotion.

lotion making and soap making

I got a start over the weekend, but I still have more to make.  I will also get it back on my online market to ship to people.

The small town where I used to go to the farmer’s market is having their fall festival.  I’ll be taking my soaps and lotions there.

It will also be my first opportunity to take other items.  I’ve already sold a few sets of llama balls (for the dryer), so I need to make more and take them.

I’ll also take my knitted dish cloths and coasters.

I’ll also take my rugs.

It will be nice to get to set up and see everyone whom I used to see weekly throughout the summer.

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Weaving Class

28 Jul

This weekend I really stepped out of my comfort zone and took a 4 harness weaving class at C & M Acres, the fiber mill where I take the llama fleece to be processed.

Oops-their old sign. I forgot to take a picture of the new one.

I’ve never done any kind of weaving, so everything was completely new to me.

Our teacher was excellent and helpful, and we got a booklet to take with us.

Christian who taught the class

His wife gave us a tour of the alpaca farm and the fiber mill.

Michelle

I might have fallen in love with the silver babies.

When it was all done, I made this sampler piece!

It was a great weekend to meet people who are also interested in fiber and weaving.

Thanks to our teacher for taking the photo.

Well, it’s a start. The nice thing is that they also are dealers for the looms, so if I decide I’m addicted to weaving, I can get a loom through them. And they offer a rug making class. (Sorry for the crappy cell phone pictures; I didn’t take my big girl camera with me.)

Odie’s Turn

8 Jul

I’ve shared the rugs I’ve made from Maybeline’s cored yarn.  Next up is doing something with Odie’s roving!

I decided I wanted to make felted dryer balls.  They are supposed to be long-lasting and good for the environment.  They help your clothes dry faster and have fewer wrinkles and less static electricity.  I measured out my roving.

After measuring it out, I wound it into a ball.

Then they went into the pantyhose.  I managed to find a box of pantyhose that were probably twenty years old.  I figured it was about time to put them to use, and I obviously wasn’t going to wear them. After each ball was put in the pantyhose, I tied it off so the balls all had to stay separated.  I didn’t want them to felt to each other.

Then it was into the washer!  I have to admit, there was a little bit of me that thought it was crazy to throw all that llama wool into my washer, but what the heck!  Then I went down to take them out and see if they had felted.

Oops.  I’m guessing the twenty-year-old panythose was not a good idea.

I finally got the towel separated and could open one of the balls to check it.

Perfect!

Well, all but one was perfect. I’m glad it was just one that broke open.

They made it through the dryer, and now I have felted llama wool dryer balls for the soap room!

Up next is Buster or Tony roving…