Friday, December 9, 2011

We were expecting snow flurries!

Last Wednesday we were indeed expecting snow flurries, but that isn't what is in these pictures!

It was cold enough, so cold in fact, that Lou Ann brought out a space heater! But no, this is the lint that comes off of those sock loopers we went after early November. You can even see some already sorted in the plastic bag!

Lint and strings, not snow!  

We started out with 6 boxes from the sock factory, Andy took 1, Linda took 1, Bonnie took 1, Carol wanted 1, that left one for the Center Weavers and 1 box for Lou Ann and I to split.  Those last 3 boxes ended up in Lou Ann's garage.

 We opened the first box, and dove in, sorting out the lint and strings.  Here is how it is done.  load up your hand with as many loopers as you can handle, the shake out as much lint as you can onto the floor.  My right hand got tired of shaking so i switched to the left for awhile.  Then you put  them in a plastic bag or container according to color.  (Light or dark)  I had to wear a dust mask, but Carol and Lou Ann didn't.

There are not nearly as many black ones as there are white/gray/natural ones.  We are gearing up for a dye day once we get these sorted. 

Lou Ann made us a wonderful hot soup for lunch, and dessert was GS thin mints from her freezer.  After lunch we worked a little longer, then as the temp dropped even further, we called it a day, and headed for home. In all we processed about 45lbs of  loopers and we are maybe 1/3 of the way thru the first box.  It is going to take several more days like this to get them ready to wash and dye.  However, we decided that it will have to wait til after Christmas.   

I really appreciate Lou Ann letting us store the boxes in her garage, it makes a perfect sorting station for this more than messy job!

Until next time, Happy  Weaving, Tina


LA said...

Do you know that after you two left, I looked out and there was snow mixed with the rain???? For just a second I thought that more lint was falling from the sky!!!

Maggie said...

Ha! I seriously thought it had snowed in Oak Ridge!

Bonnie said...

Oh, my looks like so much fun.