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.: 9.29.2008 

Hooray for Harveyville

I just got back from my second annual pilgrimage to Harveyville, KS for Yarn School.

This year I drove, and boy, it was not fun. The trip takes about 12 hours once you factor in potty breaks and refueling. To get there at a decent hour on Thursday I had to leave home at about 5am. I got to see a pretty sunrise in my rearview mirror, though.


Other than being tired, things were ok (if boring) until I hit Kansas, where I promptly got lost on some back roads. Or, should I say, until Kansas hit me. A Kansan named Staci.

Topeka, KS

To be fair, an asshole in a green car pulled out in front of her and she slammed on her brakes to avoid rear-ending him, but it caused her car to swerve into my lane. The driver didn't stay on the scene, either. Thankfully, no one was hurt and both cars were drivable. It's just frustrating because that was a NEW car, too. I eventually made it to Harveyville, though.

Harveyville Rural High School

So did Clarine and her friend Denise, who drove about 7 hours up from Texas. We then proceeded to have lots of fiberlicious fun. First, we dyed stuff. I dyed some yarn and some superwash merino roving.

Yarn I Dyed (Close Up)

I didn't like the way the superwash came out... even thought I spent a LOT of time on it drying to get complete saturation. (Superwash is wool that has been treated in an acid bath to burn off the little hooks on the fibers that makes wool felt. It's machine washable, hence the name. However, the treatment damages the fiber and it sucks up more dye than its untreated counterpart -- the same as bleached hair will soak up more dye than previously untreated hair on humans.) But this is the beauty of fiber: you can try several things to "fix" mistakes (like over-dyeing), or as a last resort SOMEONE will like it better than you. I had hope for the roving, so I decided to drum card it into batts. Several hours and many pints of sweat later, I had 8 gorgeous batts ready for spinning.

Batt-Making (Flash) Batt-Making Closeup (Natural Light)

Also we did the usual trips to the Wildcat Hollow Alpaca Farm and had pygora goats and angora bunnies brought in to teach us about different kinds of fiber. The bunnies just always look supremely uncomfortable to me under all that hair. But the goats are so cute!!!

Wookie the Goat Willow the Goat Winnie the Goat Yoda the Goat

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thus proclaimeth the Zabet  10:10 PM   1 comment(s)


Aw, poor car! At least all folks and cars were fine. Eee goats and troll hair! I just read an article in Spin-off about Pygora and am more interested in them now.

By Blogger Janis, at 11:55 PM  

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