Cobweb Felted Scarf, the final chapter

Continuing from Part Two of cobweb felting, I continue wetting and rolling up the wool roving in the plastic until the end.  Then I put a couple of rubber bands on each end.rolled up and banded

Put the roll into a lingerie bag.

rolled up and banded

And then put it in your dryer for 20 minutes – no heat – then take it out and unroll.

unrolledNext, you are going to roll it up again, only starting from the opposite end – make sure the wool is still wet, if not, spray with more water.  It does need to be nice and wet.

Put it back in the dryer, no heat, for another 20 minutes. When you take it out and unroll it this time, you are going to flip the whole thing over – by now, it will be felted enough that you don’t have to worry about it pulling apart at all.

flipped over, ready to roll

Once again, roll up in the plastic, making sure the wool is nice and wet, and put it in the dryer for another 20 minutes, no heat! Then take out the rolled wool, unroll once more, reroll in the other direction and back in the dryer for 20 minutes.

Now, for the final step.

Unroll the scarf  and get it wet and wring it out and make it all scrunched up.  Yeah, scrunch it up good!
last unroll

Like this:

scrunched up

Finally, put it in a plastic grocery bag and put it back in the dryer for 5 minutes.

bagged up

When you take it out of the dryer, it should be fulled quite well.  Don’t leave it in much longer or it will get too thick and not be as soft and pretty.

Take it out of the bag and unscrunch it – you can pull and tug it to shape it the way you want it.  I usually just hang it over a shower curtain to dry, but you can block it like you would a sweater, or you can even use an iron with an ironing cloth to speed the drying and to make it flatter.

And here is the final product – at this point, you can embellish it with needlefelting, or just leave it as is.  I think my handspun mohair lock yarn is enough, so I’ll stop here.

finished scarf

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Cobweb Felted Scarf – Part the Second

You will need some plastic. You do not need bubble wrap. I got some plastic sheeting that is fairly sturdy – probably 3 or 4 mils thick – from Home Depot a few years ago.  The stuff will last forever. I cut it into pieces that are easier to handle. The piece I use most often is 40 inches wide x 90 inches long. I fold it in half so it is 20 inches wide x 90 inches long. Then I put the roving on the plastic and pull it out a bit further – so it is almost as wide as the plastic, but not quite.

roving on plastic

Then, you will also need water.  I like this little pump sprayer – Solo 418 One-Hand Pressure Sprayer, 1-Liter – as it makes a more gentle spray than most pump sprayers.

I start spraying the roving with water – I go about 18 inches at at time, and I squish it gently with my hands to get the water to soak in better.  You can, on this first wetting, add a tiny bit of Dawn to the water to help the wool absorb the water.

As the wool roving gets wet, I start to add some embellishments.  In this case, I’m adding some tailspun yarn I spun that is the same color blue as the blue stripes.  I add it after I wet down the wool, and then I make sure that the yarn is also wet. wetting down and embellishing

Then I start rolling the scarf up in the plastic – I just fold maybe 3/4 to 1 inch over the wool to start, and I start to roll it.  Then I do more wetting and embellishing and then more rolling.
starting to roll as I wet down and embellishI continue on until I have wet down the entire piece.

More on the next post.

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Cobweb Felted Scarf Tutorial – Part the First

People seem to want to know how I make these things. I guess I’ll share, but it will take me some time, I’m slow.

First thing you need is some nice hand-dyed wool roving. Here is the roving that I dyed. I am going to felt this into a scarf. dyed rovingIt is Polwarth wool – very soft, but with a longer staple than Merino. I love it because it’s beautiful to spin with, super soft and fluffy.  I like fluffy.

If you are interested in buying hand-dyed roving from me.  I charge $5.00 an ounce plus shipping for hand-dyed Polwarth.  You only need about 3 ounces, so $15.00 will do it.

Now, I have a nice, 8 foot long table that I lay that roving out on – only I don’t use the whole table, I do a bit, roll it up and do a bit more.

What am I doing, you ask?  I’m stretching the roving out, width-wise – to start to form a scarf shape – you just keep pulling the wool gently – I usually go up and down the entire length several times. I’ll leave this for today and continue tomorrow. I have a lot of fiber to arrange. 🙂roving pulled out

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Cobweb Felted Scarves

I’ve been working on making cobweb felted scarves. Here are photos of some of them. I you have any interest in purchasing one, do let me know!

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Mizzou Shows Why We Should Burn Down the Universities

This is higher ed’s time for choosing. If this is the new purpose of the universities—to nurture a crop of activists trained at whipping up angry mobs, and a generation of college graduates conditioned to submit to those mobs—then there is no longer any purpose served by these institutions. There is certainly no justification for the outrageous claim they are making on the economic resources of the average family, who sends their kids to schools whose tuition has been inflated by decades of government subsidies.The universities have done this to themselves. They created the whole phenomenon of modern identity politics and Politically Correct rules to limit speech. They have fostered a totalitarian microculture in which conformity to those rules is considered natural and expected. Now that system is starting to eat them alive, from elite universities like Yale, all the way down to, er, less-than-elite ones like Mizzou.They created this Frankenstein monster, and it’s up to them to kill it before it kills them.

Source: Mizzou Shows Why We Should Burn Down the Universities

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We support the 2nd Amendment here at Castle Argghhh!

This is our collection.  John has been collecting guns and militaria since he was a teenager. As you can see, our collection is more than just guns. We have sights, aiming circles, dummy shells, dummy grenades, demilitarized machine guns (because we could not afford to own working machine guns like the Vickers or Maxim), and all the accouterments.

For example, we have two Vickers Machine guns – both are unworkable, but… John has collected all that went with them – from a parts box with all the parts to the water jackets and hose and water can.

We even have a New Testament issued to Australian troops in WWI.

You have to be a special kind of nutty to do this.  John was a military historian for part of his career in the Army, and he can tell you a lot about everything we own. gunroom1 gunroom2 gunroom3 gunroom4

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College student speaks out about ‘rape culture,’ ‘hookup culture’ | Washington Examiner

“What aspects of our society lie within the realm of a rape culture?” Briggs wrote. “There is simply no systemic tolerance for rape, no prosecution of victims and the general disgust for rape and rapists may only be trumped by the general disgust for pedophilia or murder; indicating that it is not, contrary to what many say, an institutionalized part of our ‘culture.'”

Source: College student speaks out about ‘rape culture,’ ‘hookup culture’ | Washington Examiner

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I am a worrier. I worry about everything imaginable. You name it, I’m worried about it.

One of my worries of late has been our water. You see, we are on a rural water line, and we have to go out and read our own meter every month, then figure out how much we owe the water district and send in our money.

Should not be a big deal, right?

But back in May, I noticed that we had a huge uptick in water usage. So much that John and I checked all our hydrants and we realized that one was running – underground – all the time.

We turned off the water to the barn and called Digger Jim in to bring his bobcat and fix the problem, which he did.

Well, I have been worried that maybe he really did not fix it, and for the past 5 months, I’ve been guessing at our usage rather than checking the meter (which is hard to get to) and then sending in the bill.

Today, I decided that before winter sets in, I really, really needed to check the meter and find out our actual usage. I have been having nightmares that we had used some ridiculous amount of water, like 100,000 gallons, and that we would have to sell the farm to pay the bill. Like I said, I’m a worrier.

Thankfully, it’s fine. I have actually overpaid about 2,000 gallons because I was just slightly overestimating our usage.

I really need to be less of a chickenshit about things that worry me and face them head on!

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Birthday Cake for Adults.


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Oh, a few goat pictures. My favorite subject.

aran with my shadow Stewart willow and ben cinnamon

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