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February 2023
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su-su-su-su-such a long time long time

So I disappeared for about a month. During that time we had our neighbors over for meals. It’s kinda awesome having people that are so nice come over and hang out and eat. Bear and I really appreciate them. They all live across the street. The neighbor directly across from us pretty much keeps to her family and isn’t so fun to talk to. So our favorite neighbors are a lady across and to the left. She’s lives alone and works from home. I’ll call her Left. Across and to the right are the happiest couple I’ve ever met. I’ll call them Mrs Right and Mr Right. We shared the wonder of ackee and saltfish with Left. She’s Bear’s favorite neighbor I think. Mr and Mrs Right came over for steaks and a football game after they got back to the US from a funeral in Europe. They are the kind of people who are genuinely interested in people. So they thought my spinning was kinda fascinating and our TV was awesome and the steaks Bear made were the best ever. They are a joy to be around.

I’ve also been spinning on the fiber pictured here on the same wheel in that post. I finally finished the whole whack of it. 8 oz split across 2 bobbins. 2 ply, low twist on the singles and high twist on the ply. It drapes like you wouldn’t believe. I hated spinning it. The silk got EVERYWHERE and the fiber just felt too droopy. I like it a lot more now that it’s yarn. I’m sure I’d love to knit with it, but I think it’d be awesome to sell. There’s about 1200 yards of fingering weight. That’s an incredible whack of fiber and would be great for a project. I’ll probably take pictures later.

So I basically spun 8oz of 50/50 merino silk in the last month and then plied it and I found out that my wheel spins like a dream. Worth every penny when I’m spinning the wheel to the right. The second I try to ply/spin to the left, it turns into the crankiest bitchiest little beast you’ve ever met. I think the wheel needs to be named Jekyll and Hyde. I messed with the wheel and then I googled and the I went on ravelry and finally I think I might have an answer. I need a second drive band to spin in the opposite direction. I hope. If I don’t find a solution, I’m probably gonna be kinda upset. As much as I love my Fricke, I was hoping that could become the training wheel for my mom or someone (if I ever found anyone who wanted to learn how to spin). For now it’ll have to be my plying wheel.

Linda, the title is from the song Stuttering by Ben’s Brother.

long overdue

I have been studying the pictures on etsy of the handspun yarns that sold. I have come to a conclusion. You need pretty pictures. Closeups. Good lighting. I’ve compared and some of the yarn that has sold is very comparable to the stuff I have sitting in my guest room. I shall get on this!

Times like these when I really really wish Mommy were here. She’d be awesome at figuring out how to take gorgeous pics.

I also found a tool that I think will do my networked backups called Back In Time. Then I spent about a million hours trying to figure out where Nautilus automounts network samba shares. That was a major bitch and a half. It’s in a directory called .gvfs in the home directory. We’ll see how it goes. It’s been doing its thing for well over 2 hours now.


I’ve been so good this week. Despite my birthday, despite Thanksgiving, despite the wonderful fall weather (I love it when it’s bright and shiny outside but you have that cold snap of wind and when it’s cold and rainy and I can stay inside and when it’s grey and brooding and basically I absolutely adore fall) I have been working. I get up, work without looking at my blogs or browsing the internet or dreaming little dreams. I go home, have dinner, talk to Bear about his day, and go back to work without looking at my blogs or reading a book or knitting or spinning or watching my shows. I fall shower, fall asleep, and wake up to repeat the pattern. I have been doing this for days despite the fact that this kind of behavior goes against every grain I have. I am capable of working hard, but I need my hobby time.

But today the whine has started. In my head there is a little voice repeatedly stomping it’s foot and chanting in a childish nasal voice, “I don’t wanna!” I really really need to push through tonight and tomorrow. Finish my paper at the least. The problem is that it isn’t all over on Friday. We have homework due on Sunday. And paper reviews for everyone else in the class due Tuesday (8 groups, minus your own, we each have to read and write reviews for 7 papers in 4 days, but we’ll be doing homework Sat and Sun, so really in 2 days). Then we have the presentations Wed and Fri. And we still aren’t done. Our final is the Monday after. My mind and my heart are quailing in fear.

So in typical true denial, I staged a little photo shoot earlier.

I got the November fiber. Falkland wool. In the colorway “Pie for Everyone”…

Does that look like pie to you? At all?

I thought it looked more like my birthday roses, but with some shades of lavender and brown.

Falkland wool isn’t the toughest yarn, but it isn’t Rambouillet either. I’ve been dreaming about making really bouncy springy yarn. While I love the yarn I have produced in the past it tends to be very flat and strong. I wanted something a little more delicate and bouncy. I think I need to learn to how to spin with a short draw. I basically taught myself long draw and it seems so natural and intuitive that I’m having trouble even imagining what a short draw might look like. Hopefully I’ll find something to describe it and maybe a video on youtube. I have a novelty? batt with a mix of fibers and flash sitting upstairs in a mossy green color. Hopefully I’ll get to experiment some.

Well. As soon as this whole mess is finished. Of to do some writing I suppose.

half Celebration

I haven’t been knitting and the week’s been rough, but I did managed to get some spinning in.

Enough so that I finished one bobbin (2oz) of Celebration singles. They are laceweight. I don’t have wpi or anything on them yet. I literally finished the last of the roving last night.

The next 2oz has a lot of orange-y tones in it. Maybe I’ll get some Halloween yarn out of it. Then my plan is to knit really loose garter stitch for a scarf. Maybe. I think.