Adventures in the world of Traditional Jazz and Ragtime.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Back to Work

We're home, recovered from the trip, and ready to resume working on the August issue of The American Rag. Most of the stories, photos, and columns have come in and are ready to be proofed and set up to be dropped into the pages.

The August issue should be in the mail one week from tomorrow. If you don't receive one, maybe you haven't subscribed yet. And if you haven't . . . why not?

On the Home Front

A good thing about traveling is that all the things you've recently ordered will be there when you get home. In my case, I really hit the jackpot with one batt (merino wool, firestar, angelina in the "Persian" colorway), one braid (100% merino wool in the "Olive II" colorway), one thicker-than-pencil roving (50% merino, 50% tencel in the "Bethie" colorway), and the third Loopy Ewe Sock Club package.

Batt, braid, and roving.

The Loopy Ewe Sock Club

Sock Club Yarn - out of the bag.

Before we left for Mammoth I finished spinning and n-plying some Corriedale. The roving was 4 ounces, and it made 277 yards of 3-ply (Navajo ply). It varies from 10 to 14 wpi.

Now I need to decide what to spin next and get some done. The bright colors in the merino/tencel are calling my name, but I also want to get some natural Corriedale or Polwarth done so I can try dyeing. I've missed several days of the Tour de Fleece and need to get back to it. I'm also making a pair of socks for Don, but only have the toes done, so I'll post photos of them when they get bigger.


  1. Wow! Did you take all the fiber out and pet it a lot when you saw it? I always take the fiber out of it's bag, pet it, bring it up to my face for a nuzzle and a sniff and then I pet it some more, and start daydreaming about drafting. I loooove to pre-draft. It's so soothing.

  2. I also like the bright colors in the merino/tencil. I'm anxious to see you spinning and I'm planning on Friday a.m. I'll call before I leave in case that's not a convenient day for you.

  3. Ooh, the new batts look beautiful! Really pretty colors.

    Also, I'm liking the blog design. I'm in love with orange right now.