It’s a warm sock kind of day!

I enjoy creating my own sock designs and do so quite often. I recently learned how to knit what some people call proper gusseted socks. I’m told they fit a lot better than short-row heeled socks.

Here’s the thing about that: If you have small feet and/or small heels, the short-row heels fit much, much better than gusset heeled socks. Gusset heeled socks were the standard for eons and went the way of the dodo for awhile because of the invention of hand-crank sock knitting machines and automatic sock knitting machines. Gusset heeled socks have come hugely back in vogue because there are many people who want socks that fit the whole foot, including and especially the heel.

After all, no one wants a pair of socks that are so tight over their heel that you can see through the knit fabric!

A fitted sock: size 9-1/2 wide

Get busy and make something!!

Here’s the link to my website!

Custom Socks I Designed & Knit

A customer contacted me on Etsy and asked me to design a pair of men’s size 13 EEE feather socks. I usually ask for 1/2 payment when I’m commissioned to design and/or custom create items. I do this because sometimes people forget about things like that, especially if it takes awhile to get it completed.

So, the next pictures feature the custom designed, hand knit feather socks. They were knit with hand spun yarn I created using natural black Icelandic fleece from Copia Cove and Cornflower blue Suffolk fleece from the Ahrens’ family farm.

I’ve included the links for Copia Cove because they breed and raise outstanding Icelandic Sheep and their fleece is a dream to spin! Icelandic wool makes very strong and warm socks!

***Note: I’m a customer of Copia Cove’s wool products. I’m merely sharing my source(s) so you can buy your own delicious wool.***

MrsD@thefiberodyssey.com

The Complete Restoration of a Pair of Antique Hand Cards!

We got some very nice, antique hand cards at an auction a few months ago. I decided to restore them for doing historic reenactments.

The original carding cloth on these was pretty roached and the leather was completely rotted. You can see from the first photo that they were used a lot!

It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed doing it because I love old things back into usefulness.

With the really hard work completed, I went on to prepping the new 120 tpi carding cloth I bought from @HowardBrushCompany.

The most important part to achieving a good cut line on carding cloth is to complete the prep work of removing the carding pins from the cut area. The second important part is having a very sharp pair of sheers!! The ones pictured above are a vintage pair of Wiss Inlaid No. 38’s!! They cut through nearly everything like it’s butter!

I recorded a video of some of the process(https://www.facebook.com/MrsDsFiberOdyssey/videos/142338083542443/), including a blooper video (https://www.facebook.com/MrsDsFiberOdyssey/videos/624582811450873/), but I’m too cheap to post them here. You can find them on my Instagram or Facebook page under Mrs. D’s Fiber Odyssey.

It took me awhile to achieve nearly perfect, straight lines. I obviously had to trim the cloth again (photo #2) because the bottom edge was a bit off on the left side.

Now, some of you may get upset, annoyed, or get your undies in a wad because I used an adhesive to set the carding cloth in place on these ginormous hand cards (9-1/2″ long and 8-1/2″ wide). While they are stiff when you first use them, they do loosen up with use; it’s how I learned from my Grand Pere and he was a mechanical engineer in a woolen mill.

They work very well and I’m quite pleased! I’ll try and post where I’ll be demonstrating when winter is over.

Get busy! The yarn doesn’t spin itself!!

Jacquard Emerald Powdered Dye Trial

I’ve been using the liquid Jacquard dyes for several years and decided to check out the cost effectiveness of their powdered dyes.

 

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One and a half teaspoons of Jacquard Emerald dye powder yielded one pound of dyed roving (deep emerald); 5 ounces of 50/50 Suffolk/Corriedale yarn (light jade), and 4 ounces of mystery roving (turquoise)!!!

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The above photo is the yarn in an aluminum pot on my stove top. I prefer to use aluminum because of the nice color splits I get out of it.

 

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The result of this experiment is that I’m not going back to liquid dyes, especially now that I learned I can mix my own. A friend also suggested I try out ProChem dyes as well, so that will have to be a future blog post.

Bored?? Get something and dye it! 

 

Frozen Tundra Fibers Has Outlasted Its Impetuous Pompacity?

On February 1, 2020, Frozen Tundra Fibers became everything I no longer wanted. The name was impetuous and pompass when I named it over 15 years ago and I loved it. I don’t love it any more.

I’ve learned through introspection and reflection that what it’s always been is an amazing odyssey traveling through all of the different fibers I’ve worked with over the years; learning how to to dye with natural dyed and commercial dyed (which I’m still learning and experimenting with);  the wonderful sheep farmers I’ve met during that time, some of which have become family, and some dear friends; the many farms I’ve visited and still do when I get out there; and the processes I’ve learned and the new ones I’m learning.

It’s moving forward and I decided I want to move forward with it.

Without further ado or pompacity (hehe), I hereby announce the rebranding of Frozen Tundra Fibers. The new name as of February 1, 2020 is Mrs D’s Fiber Odyssey!!!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsDsFiberOdyssey  formerly https://www.etsy.com/shop/FrozenTundraFibers

Get your yarn on!

Here’s the follow-up video about how I make my dryer balls!

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I know I promised to do a video of me making dryer balls, but when I get hella busy, I don’t do much blogging or video recording. I wrote a post which was pretty much a brief tutorial on how I make my dryer balls (https://mrsdsfiberodyssey.wordpress.com/2014/04/08/this-is-how-my-dryer-balls-are-made/). So, after several months of being super busy and finally moving into a nice studio space, I am now, finally making good on my promise.

My new studio space has made a huge difference for me in production!  The laminate flooring makes it super easy to clean up after and God knows I can be very messy at times. It has tons of natural light, which I crave and need in order to create beautiful woolly and fibery things.

When you’ve finished watching the vid, you can scroll down and take a peek at all the fibery things I’ve been creating!

Green Bay Packers dryer balls

Green Bay Packers dryer balls

Bright colored dryer balls

Bright colored dryer balls

Green Bay Packers dryer balls

Green Bay Packers dryer balls

the coat tree I turned into a yarn tree for display

the coat tree I turned into a yarn tree for display

close-up of the coat tree I turned into a yarn tree

close-up of the coat tree I turned into a yarn tree

mystery wool yarn I finished spinning

mystery wool yarn I finished spinning

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck warmer

hooded neck wamer

hooded neck wamer