Its time for another random drawing prize in our Revive-A-Vintage Contest!
This week’s winner is getting a Karbonz Interchangeable Starter Set from Knitter’s Pride. Did you know that Karbonz needles were made from carbon fiber? Its the same stuff used to make fighter jets. I guess that makes these pretty kick-ass knitting needles. 😛
We currently have 77 entries going in raverly. That’s 77 patterns being saved from the dust-bin of time. Today’s winner falls in the very special #58 slot. So says Mr. Random Number Generator.
The winner is making egg warmers. Oh yes. I told Jess that we would get some egg warmers AND WE DID!
That’s Cock-a-Doodle Egg Warmers, a pattern by Coats & Clark. Who doesn’t need these to keep their boiled eggs warm?
Its being made by BreiKonijn! Yay! She’s the winner! BreiKonijn is also making us Professor Elephant Eye Glass Case, Crocheted Button Trimmings, and Scottie Potholder. Four projects. Wow. She must really have wanted to win something and I’m so glad that she did. Drop by and leave her a note.
So where does that leave us? With one more weekly drawing to do and then the big finish! Entries to be considered for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention need to be finished (and marked as such) by midnight CST April 15th. Don’t give me that look. You can finish. That’s 12 days. You can absolutely finish. You just have to stop doing all those unnecessary things in life, like cleaning, working, eating, and sleeping.
Pretend its Christmas.
How am I doing on my personal Vintage Challenge? Well…
Its coming along. Its been slow but then I’m a slow spinner.
I’m spinning flax for the first time. That’s my personal vintage challenge. Its a plant fiber, made from the stems of flax plants. Before the cultivation of cotton took hold, most of the world harvested and spun flax. Processing flax is much more labor intensive than processing cotton which is why ( I think) you don’t see as much of it today.
Its also tricky to spin. It has to be spun wet. Well, its more accurate to say it has to be spun damp. I’ve been experimenting with ways to make this happen and I’ve had some success with re-hydrating the fiber.
I took a kitchen sponge and soaked it with filtered water. Then I put the sponge and the flax into a heavy-duty ziplock bag. Then the bag went into the refrigerator for a few days. Its worked pretty well. The fiber is damp and its damp all the way through. I pull out fiber to spin and then re-seal the bag. At night it all goes back into the fridge.
More details on that to come. Here is a close up of my best efforts so far.