Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby zelph » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:23 pm

I did a roast today. 2hr10min cook time 170 degrees on meat thermometer=well done :D

Potatoes on top were not completely done to perfection :o

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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby churro » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:08 pm

zelph wrote:I did a roast today. 2hr10min cook time 170 degrees on meat thermometer=well done :D

Potatoes on top were not completely done to perfection :o

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Maybe cut the potatoes smaller next time? Is there a thread for sharing recipes for at-home cooking? I've got some good ones...

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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby zelph » Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:07 pm

My wife said the potatoes should have been put on the bottom where the juices collect. I agree, slice them thin :D
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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby zelph » Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:02 pm

Today my wife and grandson went to the Sock Monkey Festival here in Rockford, IL

We saw one of these sock knitting machines in action. I'll process my video in a few days. here is one from youtube:



Churro, does your neighbor sell muskox yarn? The woman we talked to that was demoing the knitting machine sells knitted socks made on her machine. Sure would like a pair of muskox socks :D She stated that wool/silk yarn is lightweight and really warm.
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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby churro » Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:48 am

Those machines are awesome. I saw one in action at the local fiber arts festival last year. The lady running it said hers was a vintage WWI model that was issued to ladies' organizations by the USO for making socks for the troops in europe.

As far as I know, the lady down the way still has some muskox wool, but won't part with it at any price- I've tried.

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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby zelph » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:17 am

Well next time you see the son of the neighbor lady ask him if he wants to part with his longjohns so you can salvage the yarn :P :mrgreen: That project must have taken quite a few hundred yards/feet of yarn.

This link will give an idea of cost of a ball of yarn...interesting the cost of it:

http://www.windyvalleymuskox.net/qiviut.html
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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby churro » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:00 am

Holy canoli! That's some expensive yarn! It's kind of funny- she gave me 2 spinning wheels and a bunch of other spinning and wool processing equipment, but she won't part with her qiviut even though she no longer has any of the stuff she needs to spin it, or any interest in spinning.

She's an amazing knitter. I have seen a bunch of her work over the years. Much of it is done with very fine yarn and small needles. The longjohns she made are probably not much thicker than regular ones, probably with a very fine yarn and tight knit. Her husband was one of the on-call bomber pilots throughout the cold war, so he was often gone, and she never knew if he was deployed to begin ww3, or just off training. She took up knitting to pass the time and manage the worry. They are both really interesting people to talk to.

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Re: Wool yarn from the backs of the sheep

Postby churro » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:29 am

Funny story: I came home yesterday to find one of my ewes standing in the road looking kind of confused. I herded her through the gate into the yard, left the car blocking the gate, then got the dog out to help me push her into the corrals. She was pretty agitated because her lamb (the same color and size as my dog) was still in the corrals. Our puppy is pretty good at herding, but when the ewe saw him she thought it was her lamb, and started chasing him around the yard. The dog was pretty alarmed that for once a sheep was not intimidated by him, so he ran back into the house (I'd left the door open), and the ewe almost followed him in. Fortunately, the lamb finally found a spot he could slip under the fence and rejoined his mom. Everybody calmed down and went back to where they belong. I was literally rolling on the ground laughing at the antics. I definitely have to patch a hole or two in my fences.


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