Knitting, Spinning, Fiber and Yarn dying fun! Along with a bit of northern style adventure.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Trying week.......

Well it has been a trying week! First high winds on Saturday night/Sunday morning knocked out power. Generator connected kept the furnace, fridge and a few lights going...But no running water. That darn well pump takes 220v to run!

Finally Monday 6pm we got power back......only to have kitchen faucet frozen. It is now Wednesday and it is still frozen! I need to get to the dishes and most importantly dyeing for my shop update this week! EEEeek!

Needless to say it will be a tiny update on Friday providing the fiber and yarn that I dyed on Saturday dry, get photographed and posted in time!

I did however get great responses to the purchases made to date. Everyone over the moon with happiness and joy at the colors and quality!

I know that I put the effort and joy into a product I can stand behind........something that I too would love to have as my own.

News on Alaska part of the project.........darnit! missed out on a boat! Found the perfect one! Of course it was so perfect that someone else got to it first LOL! Still boat shopping long distance.
Jon is still working on the windmill.......that is a process.

Alaska inspiration

I am seeing this or.....
This as a next colorway for yarn and fiber.
This fish is called a Dolly Varden:

Though similar to, and often confused with, trout, Dolly Varden are actually a char (Salvelinus sp). To tell a char from a trout, look at their spots—char have light spots (white or yellow to red) on a dark body, while trout have dark spots (brown to black) on a light body.
There are two forms of Dolly Varden in Alaska, which differ in number of vertebrae (62–65 for southern form and 66–70 for northern form) and in number of chromosomes (82 for southern form and 78 for northern form). In addition, northern form Dolly Varden can attain a much larger size (up to 27 pounds) than southern-form fish. The southern form ranges from Southeast Alaska throughout the Gulf of Alaska to the south side of the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian and Kodiak islands. The northern form ranges from the north side of the Alaska Peninsula northward to the Mackenzie River in Canada, and in the Susitna drainage in Southcentral Alaska. Both freshwater-resident and sea-run populations occur in both the northern and southern forms. Freshwater-resident Dolly Varden are often dwarfed (maturing at 3–6 inches), and are most-commonly found in small headwater streams without easy access to the ocean, or in land-locked lakes and ponds. Dolly Varden may also choose to remain in fresh water if they have access to a large, productive lake or river, in which they may grow to a similar size as sea-run Dolly Varden.

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