Daily Reflections From My Window

May 24, 2021 Monday and “Getting to Know You: Our year long exploration to get to know our fiber!”


It’s raining and that’s a good thing. The ground has been so dry and dusty and my plants were very thirsty. It sounds so nice and we may get an inch or two or rain.

I sort of took the day off yesterday from fiber prep, but since I had fiber rinsing overnight in buckets, needed to spin out the water and move it to the drying racks. First I needed to move the dried fiber that had been drying the drying racks from the day before into containers. Once I finished that, Jay and I were off to Tractor Supply for a part for the 3 part hitch that fell off while he was mowing the lower field from all of the bumping around. You would think TS was the obvious choice but though they had many parts, they didn’t have that one. We tried Home Depot with no luck and Pristows which was closed. We always try local first and then online.

Then back home where friends Patti and Kristyn were due to look at alpaca socks. Since my regular sock supplier sold out and moved to Canada, I have been experimenting with different sock manufacturers. I have 2 choices now: 1: one made from alpaca fiber from another country and manufactured in the US, or 2: A home grown in PA by me, spun in NY, hand dyed by me, and made in Ohio by Denise Williams. Hands down favorite was the local sock. Right now we are experimenting with different styles. Right now we are doing a shorty. Thank you ladies for supporting the fiber arts and in many ways. Patti is a fiber artist herself who is lately smitten with needle felting. You can find her works at Studio U on Diamond Street by the School in Westmont. She’ll also be at the ArtWalk in Stackhouse at the end of August. I’ll be there too. It’s a wonderful event.

Do you have a favorite alpaca sock? Style? Color? Our next batch will be fabulous and I can’t wait! Here’s a sneak peek of what I sent Denise.

After a brief visit with the alpacas, the ladies left and our power went off and stayed off until about 10:30 last night. Thank goodness for a spare generator and fuel. Jay takes care of me!

But since it was still light, we got out and did a little weeding. After that I planted a few things in pots-my heirloom tomatoes grown from last years seeds and a few herbs and cucumbers. They will love this rain!

Lots of celery on this Garden Tower! We had our pasta leftovers for dinner and then relaxed for the evening. With the generator we can get a few tv options so we watched “The Good Place” with Ted Danson. It cracks me up! As we watched, I, you guessed it, combed some fiber.

This is neck and leg fiber and some is very short (purists will say that combing is just for long fiber but whatever!) but I want to use it for felting so I have to get it fluffy. This has gone through the process. I think it came from Bea and Oia and is the “junk”. I blew it, dyed it, washed it and dried it. I’m also combing it to get some junk out. It gets a little compact unless it’s fluffed somehow. Today I’ll do a video of the process. It REALLY shows you your fiber! I was going to call this year long series something like “A Year With My Fiber” but now I think I’ll call it “Getting to Know You”! Because you sure do when your hand are all over the fiber at each stage.

They aren’t bothered by the rain. I think it feels pretty good after all of the heat.

Still working on the Ten Commandments. I grew up and learned this one as “kill” and not “murder”. I later learned that one is intentional (far worse) and one can be in self defense, accidental, not planned. Which is which? Comment if you know! Or comment about something else in the post! I love to interact and I think I mentioned that I am working on getting away from FB and onto IG. This old dog can learn a few new tricks.

I don’t want to forget our dear Harry:

“Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air (today bring your rain jacket) and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!