Monday, April 19, 2010

Spinning My Wheels... In more ways than one

Well, I haven't gotten much accomplished lately... I feel as if I'm just spinning my wheels, going nowhere. Super busy at work, which means lots of long hours. A short vacation that left us feeling as if we should have stayed home instead. Tax time stress, bill paying stress, messy house & yard stress, not enough hours in the day to do it all.

Anyhoo... last week I did get a chance to play with my new toy. Ron at Fancy Kitty had a little contest on our Ravelry group & I won! And I won BIG! I won a motor kit for my drum carder! I couldn't believe it, still can't. What an awesome prize. Ron has wonderful handcrafted products, all of them that I've used so far. I have a collection of his smoothie crochet hooks & my kitty drum carder. Truly superior quality & craftsmanship. And I just can't tell you how awesome the motor for my drum carder is. What a difference! I can put batts together much more quickly, & do other stuff while batt creating if I want. :)

These are the first batts that I created with the motor going. First I blended some purple mystery wool with some purple bamboo, and the same thing with the green, mystery wool & bamboo to match. Once I got those through the carder twice, just to make sure it was blended really well... I then sent it through the carder one more time to make the blended purple to green batts. The purple blends into the green, so I am hoping to get a nice graduated yarn. And I'm really curious to see how the bamboo/wool blend spins. I found that I'm not too crazy about spinning 100% bamboo, I'm hoping this will be much better.
And here are the last batts that I created before the motor arrived. These are a mystery wool, silver sparklies & a little bit of white milk fiber.
I have been spinning some roving lately, hope to finish that up & have some photos soon. In the meantime I'll show you some gorgeous merino rovings that I got from Steph at WC Merchantile. This is some lovely, soft, squishy fiber. If it wouldn't ruin it I'd use this stuff for a pillow to sleep on! LOL

I also purchased something recently & after using it for a few weeks I have to say it's a wonderful thing! After seeing a similar item that Jessi purchased a while back I went to check it out. And I found this little Litter Locker at the Dr's Foster and Smith website.
This is perfect for a family who has one or two cats! Think "Diaper Genie" for your cat litter box. This is an awesome product! And not a bad price either. I can put at least 2 weeks worth of used litter in there before I have to empty the bag. Each bag refill is supposed to last at least 2 months. I haven't used all of the first one yet & it's been 3 weeks so far.

Speaking of litter. Jazzy is trying a new one. Worlds Best Cat Litter. It's made from corn. She just started using it yesterday, but so far we both like it very much. It's a little more expensive than the regular clumping litter we've been using but it's supposed to last longer because it clumps better. One bag should last a month for one cat using it. I can tell you that it's much less dusty, it does clump really good, & we haven't had any unpleasant odors at all, even when scooping it out. That's a really good thing!
And speaking of Jasmine... here are a couple of cute photos of her playing fish with her daddy. We tied one of her toys to the end of some fishing line on a Spiderman fishing pole (you know, the kind you get for kids), Daddy tosses it around the house for her to chase. She loves that. :) And she was having so much fun she didn't even mind when Mommy got the camera out & snapped a few photos.
Just look at this adorable face! How could you not want to just smooch her? LOL  She loves that too, ha ha. Well, maybe I love that part more.
Hope everyone has a good week!


Channon said...

Beautiful batts! As you know, I can't get my act together either, and I don't have long hours at work to exhaust me...

Jazz is one cute girl!

Beth (mamabeth on Ravelry) said...

Awesome batts Anita!! I love the green and purple in particular but they're all gorgeous!! Jazz is very cute...Katie would love to cuddle with her ;)

Nichole said...

Beauteous! I just LOVE that purple/green comobo!
Jasmine is such a cutie!

Bubblesknits said...

Oooh...where do I start? Love, love, love the batts. I really need to learn how to use my drum carder. Maybe when I get finished being Mrs. Fix-It. ::sigh::

And what a great idea for playing with Jazzy! I need to try that with one of the kid's fishing poles. Sure beats getting up to retrieve the toy when they bat it under a table. lol

Scrabblequeen said...

Pretty fluffy stuff! (batts and cats)I'm curious to see how the purple and green will spin out.

gypsyknits said...

Those batts are gorgeous. Can't wait to see them spun.

aawww.....Jazzy is adorable. Give her a nice pet from the cat crew here.