Saturday nights are my nights for relaxation in my craft room. After dinner I head upstairs, turn on the Hallmark channel (I know I know) and settle in with my favorite cocktail surrounded by all my crafts. On a recent Saturday I wove for a bit and then decided it was time to spin, but I did something I never do, and picked up my drop spindle. There was literally yarn I had spun on it from 2 years ago - the only yarn I had spun on it I should add. So I spun more! Then pulled that yarn off and spun more. It was so relaxing, rhythmic and I felt so connected to the fiber as I continually wound the freshly spun yarn onto the spindle. Does this sound joyful to you? If you need just a bit more temptation here are my top 5 reasons you should pick up a drop spindle.
1. You'll be making yarn! And making yarn is the best. Whether you are a knitter, crocheter, weaver or have no other yarn hobby, you can make yarn!
2. Budget friendly. It doesn't cost much to get into this craft. You can easily find a drop spindle for around $15 and with a $20 purchase in wool roving you are ready to go! Of course you can spend more on both spindles and fibers but the initial cost to get in the game and make lovely yarns is low.
3. Portability. Drop spindles are small and can easily go anywhere with you. The can go straight into your project bag, purse or easily fit in your suitcase so you can make yarn on the go.
4. Relaxing. Handspinning is easily the most relaxing craft I do. There is something about the flow of it, the feel of the fiber running through your hands and the slow rhythm that accompanies spinning. It is a surefire way to lower your heart rate and your stress level.
5. Variety. There are so many varieties of drop spindles! Top whorl, bottom whorl, Turkish. Light or heavy. Handmade gems, 3D printed or a vintage find you can never get bored experimenting. Plus a collection makes for a great display!
I hope this inspires a few of you to pick up that drop spindle that has been sitting on the shelf or maybe do some searching on Etsy for a drop spindle to get you going. Have fun and make yarn!
Here is a link to a great little Etsy shop I have bought beginner drop spindles from before...
If you have ever tried to dye yarn red you may know that it is not as easy as it looks. It is pretty easy to get a pink yarn, but getting a luscious deep red is not as easy. For my yarn club I did a lot of red dyeing over the 2021 holiday season and I wanted to share my top tips for getting the red yarn of your dreams. Please note for this red yarn I was dyeing wool/alpaca blend yarn using Dharma's Oxblood Red acid dye. I soaked the yarns in water with a drop of Dawn dish soap for at least 30 minutes prior to dyeing.
1. Saturate. Use a lot of dye. If you are generally conservative with your dyes scrap that and go heavy with the red. This is definitely where you can read the manufacturers labels and go there to get that full color. You can always pull back in the future.
2. Use a good amount of mordant. Whether you use citric acid or vinegar use a bit more than usual to help the yarn take up as much dye as it can.
3. Heat. And cooling for that matter! Definitely bring your yarn slowly up to a good high temperature while it is sitting in the dye. I like to get to about 180 degrees. The best uptake happens at that high temperature. Equally important with red is letting it come back to room temperature naturally. I leave the lid on my red dye pots to allow for a slow cool down that generally pulls up any last remaining color in the pot.
It is all about trial and error with dyes and yarn, but hopefully these tips can help you skip a couple of the errors and get straight to the color you want! Have fun!
Last month the mill shop open day brought me such joy. The shop was full of not only shoppers but lots of makers from all different towns who came to sit, chat, make and share. I remember looking up and seeing several women standing around another who was showing off the blanket she was making. Everyone was so supportive and excited of her endeavor it truly hit home how important our fiber community is to so many of us.
I realize it is a bit crazy in the world and not everyone is comfortable being out in public but luckily there other options to in person meet-ups. Being part of a vlogging community or even joining a local guild or yarn shop via zoom can help give you energy and social contact. In my most recent Being Ewethful vlog episode I asked viewers why fiber community is important to them and I thought I would share everyone's thoughts in hopes that it motivates you to find a community that supports and connects.
Benefits of Being a Part of a Fiber Commuity...
1. Gaining inspiration from what others are doing and being able to inspire others with your projects.
2. Introvert friendly One of the great things about making in a group is that if you don't feel comfortable speaking no one cares! Everyone is so busy working on their projects and just enjoying each other that there is no awkward silences or silence... because you just work right thru them!
3. Sharing knowledge and learning from each other is one of my favorite things about social making. I always garner some new piece of information that makes my projects easier down the road.
4. Vlogs and blogs are always there. Whenever you are feeling a little lonely or are needing a little inspiration you can always go online. Finding a fiber friend is as easy as clicking play on a vlog on YouTube. Even in the middle of the night, no matter your craft, you can always find someone talking about and sharing what they are working on.
5. Seeing what others are making. Whether online or in person it is always fun to see what projects other makers are working on. You can get an idea for future projects, see different materials, yarns and wools in action and sometimes even decide you are absolutely not going to do that! Let's face it, even though we want to do it all, there just isn't enough time in the day.
6. Staying connected. This seems especially important during these pandemic times. Staying connected helps keep our moods up and our brains working. This is also true for those of us living out of town and/or those working from home with less social interaction. Plus as socializing is an important aspect of keeping our brains healthy as we age.
7. Getting help. Stuck on a project or don't know how to fix a mistake? There is always someone in a group that has an idea of how to move forward. Of course be mindful not to take up too much of someone's time, but helping each other out is part of being in a community.
So there you go! I hope this has given you some room for thought and inspires you to throw on your mask and venture out to a local meet-up. Or maybe click onto zoom or YouTube to find your online place. This is a such a wonderful community and you will be welcomed with open arms and ideas!!!
Variegated yarns are yarns that are dyed different colors in the same skein of yarn. They are so fun to work with as the color is constantly changing throughout the skein! I am pretty sure I was watching a video by Essence of Autumn dyeing in this way and thought it would be fun to try. The idea of this technique is that the dye is not able to penetrate the yarn evenly due to the twist. It was indeed fun and made such unique yarn that now once a year after spring shearing I buy all the wool from a local Jacob sheep farm, process the wool out into a worsted weight very rustic yarn, and then dye about half of the yarn using this technique with acid dyes for wool. Since I am working with 100% wool yarn that has been untreated the pre-soak, citric acid mordant, and heat play an extra important role in getting the dye to take. I have found the heat to be an extremely important part of exhuasting the dye with natural yarns so I like to make sure I get to as high a temperature as I can but not simmering ~ 180 degrees.
1. Soak yarn in a water bath with a drop of Dawn dish detergent mixed in for at least 30 minutes prior to dyeing.
2. Add water to your dye pan. Using a casserole pan or larger (I use a metal commercial size pan) fill until the water will cover most of the yarn once it is twisted.
3. Add citric acid to the water and mix in well. Citric acid is the mordant that will help the dye adhere to your yarn. (I add about 1 TBSN of citric acid for 2-3 skeins) For this type of dyeing you want the citric acid already in the water to ensure the yarn picks up the dye quickly which helps to cause a secondary uneven tonal effect.
4. Twist your skeins individually and lay lenghtwise in your pan. I twist the skeins by simply holding the top of one and twisting slowly moving downward along until the whole skein until I reach the bottom of the skein. I recommend adding extra twist as the yarn will settle a bit once it gets into the water.
5. Turn the heat on and let water heat up. Once some steam starts to rise I add the first color to the pan pouring it in stripes from one end of the pan the other. It really doesn't have to be perfect because the yarn is going to pick it up in different ways so don't stress too much. I then use my plastic mixing spoon to push down the yarn and move the yarn around a bit. If twisted parts of the yarn are sticking out of the water just use your plastic spoon to gently push the bumps down for long enough to let them pick up some dye in those parts.
6. Allow the water to heat until just under simmering and the dye has exhausted out meaning the water is just about clear.
7. Open up the skeins. Once the water is just about clear, turn the heat down a bit and open up the skeins so all the yarn is exposed in the water. BE CAREFUL as the water AND yarn are very hot. I use tongs to pull the yarn out and let it naturally unwind. While holding with tongs I use the plastic spoon to help place the opened yarn back in the water.
8. Add the second color. Again it doesn't have to be exact as the yarn is going to pick up the color irregularly. I use the same method pouring in stripes from one end to another and then using my platics spoon to push the yarn down and move the dye around a bit.
9. Bring heat back again until water is just under simmer and let it be!
10. Let it cool. Once the water has exhausted again turn off the heat and let everything cool to room temperature in the pan. I most often just leave my yarn to sit overnight to ensure it is cool and that the dye is set.
That is all there is to making this fun variegated yarn! There are so many different dye techniques and lots of wonderful dyers out there sharing what they know. Some of my favorites are Essence of Autumn (as mentioned above), Fiber for the People and Hue Loco.
Craftsy also offers a whole series of acid dyeing videos if you want to invest a little bit of money in their subscription service.
I hope this helps you experiment with a new dyeing technique! Please feel free to ask any questions below or tell me about your favorite technique. Thank you for reading!
I recently dove down a rabbit hole of handspinning wheels when I was sitting at my Ashford Kiwi wheel thinking to myself, why does the yarn on my bobbin look all wrong? Now keep in mind that this was my first spinning wheel, the wheel I spun on for years, but as of recently I mainly use it as the wheel I ply yarn on. Well there was a reason the yarn looked different. Not because it was wrong but as I found out thru research simply because of the type of wheel it is.
I could not believe how much I didn't know about my wheels and want to share a little of what I learned with you here. Let's start with the basics, there are 3 main types of spinning wheel when it comes to mechanics.
1. Single Drive, Flyer lead or Scotch Tension wheels
This is the most commonly used type of wheel. The Scotch tension wheel, as it is often called, allows for the most adjustments making it able to spin a lot of different yarn weights.
2. Double Drive wheels
This type of wheel has the ability to spin the finest yarns. This is also the most complex of the wheel types.
3. Single Drive, Bobbin lead wheels
This type of wheel is very simple but also the most difficult to make adjustments to.
I have garnered a lot of my information from a very comprehensive book called The Big Book of Handspinning by Alden Amos. This book is densely filled with all the information you may ever need to know about the craft.
So there you have it. A brief introduction into different spinning wheel mechanics! Please keep in mind that these 3 types come in all different shapes, sizes and styles. If you aren't sure what kind of wheel you have, sit down and take a look at how many band loops you have and where they are c onnected? This should help you answer the question. I also walk step by step thru the wheels in Episode 22 of Being Ewethful on YouTube. I will be going more in depth with each wheel over the coming months so please stay tuned for more videos that I hope will help you on your handspinning journey.
What kind of wheel(s) do you have? What is your favorite and/or what wheel do you long to own one day? I would love to hear from you!
Have you been thinking about buying a raw fleece for processing into yarn but been nervous about what to look for? I just came back from a big wool buy in Eastern Oregon and it got me to thinking about what tips I could share with you about how I pick my fleeces. So here are some of my top tips to help you feel more confident about finding quality wool.
Before you head out to the farm or festival to buy that fleece, there are a couple things to consider. ..
First off is the offer of "free" wool. I always take pause when I am offered free wool. Generally free wool is offered by people that have the animals for reasons other than the fiber and therefore they aren't raising the animals with the wool in mind. Often times this wool has issues such as loads of vegetable matter, excess mud, was not shorn with care or even just hasn't been stored well. Obviously this is not always the case, but worth taking note. Conversely, just because it is for sale does not make it great wool. So dig in and make sure you are getting what you want.
Another thing to consider before buying a fleece is how are you going to process it? Are you going to do it yourself with handcards, combs, or your own carding machine? Or are you planning to send it to a mill for processing? Different breeds fleeces tend to do better with different processing types and even different mills. Make sure you know how you are going to turn this wool into yarn before you buy so that you can narrow your search a bit and that once purchased, the fleece doesn't just sit untouched in a corner.
Now that you have that all figured out, its time to shop! Here are my top tips to purchasing a quality fleece.
1. Check for wool moths. When you open the bag to look at the fleece make sure there are no wool moths or larvae visible. The larva of wool moths eat at the fiber effectively damaging it so I would recommend passing on wool with signs of moths. It is also polite to mention the moths to the seller so they can dispose of the fleece. Here is a quick reference link on wool moths but you can find an abundance of information with a quick google search. And please take note that all moths are not the same and most do not eat wool so it is good to know what you are looking for.
2. Gently open the fleece up and dig in a little bit. Be courteous and don't rip the fiber apart. But it should be ok to take a sneak peek inside the fleece and maybe pull a couple locks from different areas. Fleeces generally are rolled with the cut end showing. The cut end generally looks very clean so it is important to get a good look inside the fleece to determine if you like the fiber.
3. Check the amount of vegetable matter. Coated fleeces should have minimal VM (vegetable matter). Pasture raised animals also tend to have minimal VM. Prices often vary dependent on this so if you are patient with picking, you may be able to get a good deal on a fleece with a little more vegetable matter. This is totally up to you the buyer to decide what is acceptable. I generally don't mind moderate vegetable matter, but if the whole barn floor is in the fleece, I pass! If you are going to send the fleece to a mill, you should definitely pick out the VM prior to drop off.
4. Do the snap test. Take a lock of the wool out and holding your fingers at each end of the lock, hold the lock up by your ear and do a quick motion with the lock to stretch it. A strong fleece should make a clear pop sound. A weaker fleece may sound a little crackled or even break on the snap test. A solid pop is want you for ease of processing.
5. Test the tips. Again look at that lock this time looking at the tips. If they look a little frizzled, you can take the tips between your fingers and give a little tug. A strong fleece will stay together, a fleece with weak tips may break off. You may still be able to gently hand process this fleece at home, but if you are looking to have it milled be aware the tips may break off during processing.
Well there you have it, some of the top things I look at when I'm on a wool buy! When in doubt a good fiber farmer will always be able to offer advice and even point you in the right direction so it never hurts to as for help! I hope this helps a bit with your next fleece purchase. Please feel free to comment below and/or ask any questions. I am always glad to help!
And then the rain came...
A storm came in last night bringing the first rain we have had in months. I heard it all thru the night, a sound that seems so unfamiliar now but oh so welcome! I usually get up before Mitch, the dogs and I wander out for morning potties and down to the barns to let the animals out for the day. Then its back to the house to prepare breakfast and lunches for the day, do laundry, and carry on with daily chores and work. But today I came back into the house, made coffee, grabbed my knitting and sat. I sat in the big leather chair with the lambskin thrown over it by our big front window. The very chair that has been beckoning me all summer to come sit for a bit. It was gloriously quiet and so luxurious.
Before moving to the agricultural world rain didn't play the same role in my life as it plays now. There was a time before when it seemed more like drudgery. That was before it had such an effect our livelihood. Before I understood it is what feeds our crops and animals and in turn us. Before I truly understood that our climate is changing. I'll admit there was a time when I took our beloved PNW rain for granted.
Now as I sit I appreciate what the first rain does, it brings with it an exhale. I could see it this morning in the grass seed fields and in the pastures which went from loose dirt to damp dark soil. I could see it in the animals as they ran to me for morning kibble, not having to breath in the dry and particulates they normally have been kicking up along the way. I could see it in a farmer I know who slept a wink longer than normal having heard the rain come in overnight. And for us makers, for me as a maker, the rain brings a chance to sit. A chance to breathe deep, a chance to wrap myself in wool, a chance to be inspired by nature's reinvigoration and a chance to let that inspiration flow as I think about what my hands will make and write this coming winter. Gratitude times a million for these moments!
Wherever you are I would love to hear what the first rain of the season means to you? Do you have a favorite spot to watch the rain from? Have you been able to sit and have that moment of inspiration yet?
Hi everyone! It's been a hot minute since I've been here but here I am! In the midst of running in all the directions for the business and farm (while being sure to take a little down time) I kept thinking, I really need to sit down and blog. So finally! This morning I went and picked up the new chickens to the farm. They are all settled in for the day so it seemed a perfect time to sit myself down and write.
I got back from a road trip to California last week (I'm fully vaccinated!) which involved a lot of time alone in the car. I listened to endless business podcasts from how to market, manage your money or just stories of other entrepreneurs. I love this stuff, weird as it is. I love hearing about how others came up with their ideas and the different ways we all go thru the same struggles to make it work. This is especially fascinating to me as I work on transitioning the business along with the pivots that have come with the last year.
I've talked a bit on the Being Ewethful vlog on YouTube about starting to move the mill in a different direction. My long term goal when I purchased the equipment and started the Mill was to eventually have our own line of Ewethful yarns and fibers for handspinners. We are now getting to the point in the business where financially I can start to take a little step back from processing for others and work more on our own product. The reality is that when I process for others, they pay me as soon as the job is done. Conversely, with our own product, not only do I go thru the work of making the product but I then also have to sell that product to make any money. If nothing sells, no money is made. So there is a little leap of faith and a lot of work going into this transition!
Ok ok so with all this transition and change and 4 years into Ewethful, it seemed the right time to come up with a new mission statement. I've been working on this for the past couple months but just wasn't quite getting what I wanted. Then right before the road trip I listened to a podcast that had a guest who was talking about mission statements. There was about a minute of the interview where the woman said a couple things that hit me. I actually listened to it several times and even wrote notes on what she said. I took all of this, scratched most of my previous drafts and let my brain clear and think on the road. Then I started reading the book Primal Branding by Patrick Hanlon and within 10 pages I read another companies mission statement and it just clicked in my brain. So I sat down in my Mom's dining room by the beach and wrote it up. She read thru it a couple times with me. We sent it off to Mitch and he texted back "Perfect." Finally! So what is our new mission statement? Hopefully its a bit bold, a bit inspiring and it tells a bit of where the business is headed....
Our mission at Ewethful Fiber Mill is to fill making hands with small batch American grown yarns and fibers. We strive to produce lightly processed products that maintain their character, have low environmental impact and tell the stories of the animals and shepherds from whence they came.
So there it is! I'd love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.
Thank you as always for reading and supporting Ewethful. I hope you all have the privilege of being fully vaccinated (or are close) and get to hug the ones you love so very soon!
Please note I will be vending live and in person in Scio, Oregon at the Fat Lamb Fiber Festival. It is May 22nd, 10am - 6pm. A small event but full of fibers, yarns and excitement. Follow the link for more details. Click here for details.
What else would I write about but lambs this week! And what a week it has been! I have the greatest appreciation for the work that goes into lambing on a larger scale.
For us it is a smaller endeavor as we only bred four of our ewes back in November. The way this works is that you put your ram in with the girls for about a month and let them do their work. The reason you leave them together for a month is hopefully to catch the girls cycling twice during the month, allowing for a better chance of conception. Then you wait.
Gestation for a pregnant ewe is about 145 days - give or take a few days either way. So you do the math. We do not track when our ewes are mounted so we generally go 145 day from the first day they were with the rams and count forward since we don't know exactly when they "did the deed." From that date forward you know you have about a month window in which you should lamb if they are pregnant.
Our girl Taraji lambed first about two weeks into that month lambing period. She has lambed for us before and it was almost the exact same situation. No signs of anyone in labor so I went off to work. I had some idea she had lambed when I pulled into the property because the other girls were all out to pasture and she was alone tucked away in the shed. I walked down the hill and sure enough a lamb head popped up next to her. There is nothing cuter than that!
Once the lamb is on the ground you want to put mama and baby into their own private space or "Jug" so they can have alone bonding time. It also allows you to closely monitor if baby is nursing well and if mom is recovering well and doing her duties. Mitch built the jugs into a barn stall a couple months ago so we were all set. To get them in there you pick up the baby, hold it low to the ground so mama can see where it is, and start walking showing her her lamb the whole time. Good moms get pretty fired up and follow. Occasionally they lose sight of them so you put the baby back on the ground, wait for mom to catch up, and onward. Once in the jug mom can relax a bit knowing her and her baby are in a safe space.
Little Johnny Rose as we called Taraji's baby, was born on March 24th and it was a whole week before the next girl went into labor. Drilla is the first ewe we purchased and has never lambed before. She was a whole different story. She isolated herself the evening before she actually went into true labor so we started watching her as soon as this happened. It wasn't until the afternoon of the following day that she really started into big contractions and real pushing. It went on way too long and after too long of having seen hooves first appear I realized I may have to pull the baby. Trust me, I begged and pleaded with whomever to please let her deliver on her own. No joke, I was terrified. I called Mitch and told him what was going on so he headed home. Just after that I finally saw a nose. Good sign. But she was obviously struggling to get the head out any further after many large contractions. Once I realized the amniotic sac was broken I thought "oh s*** I've got to do this." Truth is I thought at this point the baby was dead. I wasn't sure when the sac broke but with out it and with the baby's nose occasionally popping back inside mom between contractions, I knew I had to end this for Drilla either way. So I put on some gloves, tackled her and reached for those tiny hooves. I blew on little ones nose and saw the tongue move. This was all I needed to truly know it was time to come out. Once I had Drilla she gave in and as I started to pull I could feel her body relax a little. She was so tired and it was obvious immediately that she was happy for the help. Luckily I had gone to lambing school at Iron Water Ranch back in the early part of the year so felt as prepared as I could. I pulled the lamb out past the shoulders and then let Drilla finish. An all black lamb fell out and was alive!!! He immediately started wiggling and trying to get up. Yes!!! I put my sister Heather on a video call and she got to watch the end. My mom watched it later and was just amazed by how quickly he started trying to get up. Just about as soon as they hit the ground, a healthy lamb will be trying to stand and walk to find mom and nurse. For these guys in nature, if you can't get up and walk, you aren't going to make it. So that is the Drilla story!
Then came the others quick after that. The following day I noticed labor signs in Sweet Pea or Big Mama as we call her when she is pregnant. This was her third time lambing so we felt confident in her. Watch and wait. Her daughter Cream Puff was also pregnant but for her it was the first time. We pulled them up to the top of the pasture that night and started the regular barn checks. Mitch called me about 1am and said "we have babies!" The true shock when I ran down was that it wasn't Big Mama, but her daughter Cream Puff who had delivered. And even more shocking than her having twins (2 boys) was that one baby was black with a white head and the other one black and white. Both of these ewes are white and both our rams are pretty light so I didn't think I had a chance of dark sheep. Wahoo!!!! I was so proud of her for being such a good mama from the start!
Into a jug they went and since Big Mama was obviously in labor we pulled her into the barn. Hourly barn checks continued. Around 6am I walked in and there were two fresh lambs with an attentive mom licking away. A white girl and a black girl with a fluffy white head. Where the heck did all these black sheep come from?! Genetics are a crazy thing!
So here we are, two days from the last lambs being born. Patrick, the little black sheep with the rough delivery has been having some diarrhea and was a little less energetic so I have been giving him a lot of extra supportive care. Diarrhea can turn quickly if they get dehydrated. This morning at barn check he was the first lamb to pop up, stretch and nurse. Yay!!! And all the other lambs and moms looked good and healthy so I refreshed waters and food and left the barn with my first sense of relief in weeks.
Hopefully from here on out our job will mostly be to watch, clean and enjoy the spring lamb cuteness. We still need to vaccinate and I will slowly be banding the boys (castrating) over the next couple days but the rest their moms can take care of. We will not be lambing for several years now so we will be keeping all these babies. Plus how could I not with the lovely fleeces to come!!! Yay for my mamas for being rockstars!
I'll be posting a Ewethful Minisode tomorrow on YouTube with endless lambs so if you need to just sit and watch lambs, watch for it on Saturday!
Thank you for visiting the blog and supporting Ewethful!!! Enjoy the photos and take care everyone.
Who doesn't love a good giveaway?! If you are here you likely watched Episode 8 of the Being Ewethful vlog. Thank you so much for watching and for coming to check out the blog site.
There will be one winner who gets to pick either 4oz of handspinning fiber from our March fiber club or a skein of our latest Yarn Club yarn. If you watched the podcast, you'll know what the fiber and yarns look like. I didn't post pics quite yet as I don't want to spoil the surprise for any club members that haven't seen them yet. A special gift will be included as well!
To enter to win all you have to do is comment below. To make it easier I would love your feedback. I have been toying with the idea of breaking the podcast up into shorter segments that I would publish maybe twice a week instead of all in one long episode. I would likely float between the main topics: the farm, the mill, fiber and yarn. As the weather starts to shift and the world starts to open up a bit, I wonder if shorter episodes might be easier for you viewers? Or maybe you love the big long one once every two weeks? Any input would be appreciated. Or just comment hi to enter. No pressure.
Only one entry per person. Winner will be chosen at random. Entries will be closed end of day (in Oregon) on Wednesday March 17th. Please note I will comment here on the blog to the winner. If you would like to be kept in the loop you may want to mark that you would like to be notified if a response is made to your comment - simply check the box when you comment. Or check back in on Thursday the 18th to see if you have won.
Thank you all so much for watching, reading, buying and supporting in any way you do.
I am Kim Biegler, the owner and operator of Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill, along with my husband Mitch - my steadfast supporter, enabler, grass seed farmer, maintenance guy and all around love of my life! Visit the Mill's website for more about us and well, to shop for fiber of course! ewethfulfiberfarm.com