I'm currently working on a pair of socks for my Dad. They are so close to being done-just a couple of ends need weaving in and a tiny hole on one gusset needs closing.
I cast on a purple hat for my niece Hazel at her request. For Christmas this year she asked for a purple hat with ear flaps and pom poms. She wanted ribbing around the edge and some strings with more pom poms. I am tickled pink that she knew what ribbing was and that she knew exactly what type of hat she wanted. I did not show her any pictures, she just told me exactly what she wanted. She is a very smart 4 year old. Of my 31 nieces and nephews she is the only one who requested a knit item.
I'm still working on my Emelie sweater even though I haven't picked it up in weeks. I've decided to add a rip cord and rip back to the end of the ribbed section. I feel like I've gotten off track with the lace panel sections. And I tore the pattern apart because it includes way too many instructions that aren't relevant to the size I am knitting. And that was causing problems. I couldn't ever remember where I was or what was next.
I've got a couple of fingerless mitts to cast on next.
I don't have any pictures of my knitting today but you can see all of the recent photos on Instagram if you'd like to check them out. I am amylbingham on Instagram.
That's it for WiPs. For more check out Tamis Amis' blog
I have been holding on to the rest of this post for a while. When I traveled to Oregon for Oregon Flock and Fiber (OFF) with friends, we took a trip to the Thomas Kay Woolen Mill in Salem, Oregon. The rest of today's post is picture heavy. I don't think you'll mind.
I hope you enjoy the photos (in no particular order) and see somethings that you recognize.
Teasel wicks-to fluff up the fabric.
Old time cards
One of the older weaving machines. They turned this on for less than a minute. The picture below shows you how much it wove in under a minute (about an inch and a half-see the top part of the blue yarn)
Wheelbarrow to move raw wool
raw wool into the machine to separate out rocks and veg matter
Hand carder station-so you can try hand carding wool
The red plaid is a piece of fabric made here.
Some of the workers. At one time my great grandparents worked for this Mill (found that out after the fact). I was happy to learn that the workers at this Mill were treated fairly and well paid. They had a good community that was supported by the town.
One of the old sewing machines. Take a close look at the gadget they use to keep the blanket edging in place and turned before sewing. Would be very useful to have at home.
Bobbins in a pitcher at the window
Dusty bobbin on the weaving machine
Huge barrel of bobbins. Hardly faded after more than 40 years.
Yarn cones made here at the mill-They processed the raw wool, spun the yarn, dyed the yarn and wove blankets and fabrics at the Mill until 1962.
Lisa and Bessie taking a closer look at some wool
Weaving machines. Back when the mill was in operation they used young boys to crawl in there to replace a bobbin or pick one up if the machine threw it. Glad I didn't have that job.
Lots of wool
More bobbins-these were a mess of tangled threads
Pile of raw wool waiting for its turn to be pretty
Inspecting and hand sewing blankets after the machines were done
The Mill supplied the US Military with blankets for quite a few years. Each blanket was stamped here.
Becoming a plaid fabric
The Mill was fascinating. It was great seeing all of the machines and how they all worked. I would recommend the guided tour if you are in Salem and have a couple of hours to spare.