Fall Fluff


At October’s close, we had a gorgeous fall day and I collected some milkweed pods.  I have every intention of spinning all of it.  I did make a supported spindle from a pine nut and a piece of wire to try it out.  It was relaxing! Every turn of the spindle spread the fresh pine oil into the crisp air. I love camping and finding treasures to inspire.img_20161028_122446397

Riveting bed time story.. THE WOOL PRODUCTS LABELING ACT OF 1939

Pondering the correct words to classify reused yarn shouldn’t be so tough, right? Last year I began toying with using the words Recycled/Reclaimed/Repurposed on product labels.

IMG_20160103_241151975_HDRTurns out there is much to learn on this subject.  So far, best-case is to stick with the guidance provided by a 75 year old law.THE WOOL PRODUCTS LABELING ACT OF 1939 as amended, 2014.

(b) Where a wool product is composed in part of wool, or recycled wool and in part of unknown and, for practical purposes, undeterminable non-woolen fibers reclaimed from any spun, woven, knitted, felted, braided, bonded or otherwise manufactured or used product, the required fiber content disclosure may, when truthfully applicable, in lieu of the fiber content disclosure otherwise required by the Act and regulations, set forth (1) the percentages of wool or recycled wool, and (2) the generic names and the percentages of all other fibers whose presence is known or practically ascertainable and (3) the percentage of the unknown and undeterminable reclaimed fibers, designating such reclaimed fibers as “unknown reclaimed fibers” or “undetermined reclaimed fibers,” as for example:
75% Recycled Wool – 25% Unknown Reclaimed Fibers.
35% recycled Wool – 30% Acetate – 15% Cotton – 20% Undetermined Reclaimed Fibers.
In making the required fiber content disclosure any fibers referred to as “unknown reclaimed fibers” or “undetermined reclaimed fibers” shall be listed last.
(c) The terms unknown recycled fibers and undetermined recycled fibersmay be used in describing the unknown and undeterminable reclaimed fibers referred to in paragraph (b) of this rule in lieu of the terms specified therein, provided, however, That the same standard is used in determining the applicability of the term recycled as is used in defining “recycled wool” in section 2(c) of the Act.

Defined in 2c of the Act…..

15 U.S. Code § 68 – Definitions  (for 16 U.S. Code part 300)
The term “recycled wool” means (1) the resulting fiber when wool has been woven or felted into a wool product which, without ever having been utilized in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state, or (2) the resulting fiber when wool or reprocessed wool has been spun, woven, knitted, or felted into a wool product which, after having been used in any way by the ultimate consumer, subsequently has been made into a fibrous state.

If I produce a textile product entirely of recycled wool, must I list the country of origin of that recycled wool? Do I use the country of the wool’s origin or the country in which it was recycled? Hmmm. This was better explained here.

To promote consistency with the Textile Rules, the Commission proposed to update §300.25(d) to state that an imported product’s country of origin as determined under the laws and regulations enforced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘Customs’’) shall be the country where the product was processed or manufactured.

Now …is that product made in the USA from recycled wool from “country or origin” ? Hmmmm.

My Favorite Bulky


One thing I set out to do a year ago is talk about tools I use and why I like them. This time of year the bulky machine commands ample space in between my living room and kitchen. It’s a wonderful machine and I was fortunate to locate a ribber attachment for it about a year after purchasing. I have had others with nice bells and whistles, but frankly, this Silver Reed is, well, SIMPLE-Easy to use, reliable and very, very forgiving.
It’s not exactly all Silver Reed …The Ribber is an Empisal SR-120


The machine is known as the Kantan Bulky, 120 needles.

Also known as the Singer BULKY 8. As it is an 8mm gauge machine. The BULKY 8 came in 2 versions, 120 and 140 needle beds.

I haven’t found much else on these. I believe there is an intarsia carriage, a garter bar, and a really nice travel case, but I have yet to locate them. It came with great tools, however you need to experiment with the techniques, as the manuals are very basic.


I’ve owned The Ultimate Sweater Machine, which is also an 8mm. The needles are the same which is great!! I also had variants of Toyota/Elna/Singer BULKY 9mm machines, but for me I love the simplicity of my SK-120. I always know what’s going on with this machine. The parts are uncomplicated. No chaotic punch pattern settings, internal gears or springs to wreck your day and make you pull your hair out!! I liked the capability of those machines, but at the end of the day, I just want Simple.😉

The sponge bar….unlike all the others. It’s a 3/16 u-channel. Original had foam. I replace the foam with fabric folded in half, held in place with fabric covered rope trim….not sure what it’s called. This is really the only drawback!!

Elicit Ralphie


via Daily Prompt: Elicit

my stats after one year, both surprising and not so surprising. Voila…Daily Prompt….Elicit.

My stats elicit the disappointment of Ralphie after he turned in his magnificent work of art, only to find out the dream and hope, …the excitement he anticipated were met with a dismal review from Miss Shields and the heartbreaking comment ……”You’ll shoot your eye out”

My stats also Elicit surprise and hope, encouragement to review my goals……..my few posts have reached far away shores!!!! Hello New Zealand!!!

So today, I’ll commit to elicit views, and experiment with Daily Prompts.

New directions

Reynolds No 1 bi-colore mohair 40 grams


Reynolds No 1 mohair is what the pattern calls for. 6 ounces. So let’s see what happens when 50 year old yarn gets hooked up with a 50 year old pattern

I bought 6 balls of Reynolds No 1 Bi-Colore. I didn’t know the yardage. 40 grams per ball. Split the strands and doubled my yardage…gave 56 yards of turquoise, 56 yards of lavender.

2 yr niddy noddy


skiened up

Postage due

Postage due …not a phrase used today unless standing at a kiosk reading a screen outside the locked post office lobby in your town.


Once upon a time my father had a robust stamp collection. Though I am never sure where treasures like this appeared from or when, he seemed to have somehow gained this unique knowledge of what I consider …entrancing hobbies.
Though I never knew dad to step foot inside a library, and there was no internet, we often found him in his little workshop in the basement, at his 2nd hand drafting table, peering  through the fluorescent magnifying lamp.
Didn’t matter if it was a rifle being restored, a Kennedy half dollar being polished, or a tiny little stamp from belgium, I never asked how my dad learned these skills…he was just Super Smart. Must have been that Christian Brother School?
Looking at my own hobbies I often find myself picking up something that, only in reflection emotionally ties me to my parents- so far away.  I can remember the most trivial details of my mother’s China, my dad’s wood planes, and my Granda’s fly rod with cloth case, the vivid small details, smell of sawdust, the sound of a spoon swirling sugar in the brown glass ARCOROC tea cups…is just a mystery.
I knit, but not because I like to create, but maybe because I think the skills I learned watching  my young parents, keeps them young and close in my heart. I’ve never mastered stamp collecting, I don’t like guns, i’m good with tools and building “tools” (spinning, wool combs, knitting machine accessories)  other items from available materials.  I never miss out on quality China in thrift stores. I knit many different techniques, until I’ve learned it, then learn a new one.  I do go to the library and learn much of the skills from reading the same old books my dad must have himself bought in a thrift store garage sale or borrowed from a friend.
I enjoy the challenges of process, not product. I like to discover how things are made and relish in recreating processes from our history that go unappreciated in today’s world. Though I don’t make clothes or pictures frames or even dinner most nights, I could teach a person how to do these things with great efficiency and quality. Because I spent so many moments watching my parents enjoy their life in the best way they knew. I was fascinated with their interests. Still am. That is my “postage due”.