Fiber Inventory Is Finished

Stick a fork in me, turn me over, I’m done! My fiber stash consists of 135 lbs of wool, alpaca, bison, camel down, cashmere, silk, raime, flax and cotton. Most of the wool and wool blends are in the form of combed top. I have cotton sliver and cotton lint, line flax and tow flax, even a little bag of mint cellulose fiber to play with.

I know where everything is, which shelf, which bin and can put my hand on what I need at a moments notice. I’ll leave the yarn inventory for another time. I’m in a bit of shock over the amount of fiber stash in that corner of my studio. I had no idea it would be anywhere near 100 lbs, let alone 135 lbs.

So. We are through with January. Hello February! We have a couple of birthdays this month, well three actually: grandson Joshua, my brother Wade, and Brad in that order. Joshua will be 12, Wade will be 66 and Brad will be 70.

Everything is still pretty much at a standstill here what with icy roads and closed businesses. We just have to wait it out when it happens. Snow wouldn’t be so bad, but the ice is not fun. Lots of collisions, lots of folks stranded on the highway with traffic backed up. Someone went off a highway overpass west of here on Hwy 82 yesterday. Another driver skidded off the pavement along a section of divided highway and ended up in the woods along a wide grassy verge, everything with a solid coat of ice and sleet. Folks just need to stay home when it gets like this. We didn’t put our trash out last night, this morning would be our trash pick up, but the trucks won’t be running until the ice melts.

Here it is Wednesday and I’m already caught up with laundry since there wasn’t much else to do but household chores yesterday. Everything is back where it should be in the studio, I need to do some dusting and get the floor swept and mopped in a few areas and clean the bathrooms. I really need to work on my knitting and get some spinning done now that my knee isn’t bugging me. I wouldn’t have thought that two doses a day of turmeric would make that much difference but even my neck isn’t bothering me with the cold weather, neither is my cranky ankle.

I put off making the chili and cornbread since the ground beef hadn’t thawed completely yesterday evening. I’ll get the chili started later this morning after we’ve had some breakfast. I’m in the mood for my Pat Muffins: fried egg with smoked turkey and extra sharp cheese on a toasted English muffin. And coffee. Maybe two cups instead of one.

Then, knitting. And maybe some reading. Then more household chores. Hope your day is as blessed as ours. Stay safe. Stay warm.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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