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Oh the horror!

I am so depressed! It’s horrible!

I am actually living up to what I said (for once) and sharing picture of the last of the Celebration spinning. I originally didn’t like the fiber because there was entirely too much orange, but as I was spinning, I grew to love the shetland. So I thought, well, this will be fine, it’ll be very orange, but I’ll just have a bright clash-y scarf.

So I finished the second bobbin:

(A hint for why I’m so depressed, see towards the end? There’s the maroon/purple then that brown? that brown is part of the problem.)

But I put the two bobbins together, and thought, well maybe the brown will just be part of the fun. See, I have two bobbins:

Then I started plying. At first, it was all pretty:

See the pink and black/navy? Then the pink/blue? then the pink/orange? All pretty.

Then… the first tremors of trepidation. This ugly brown/tan started meeting with the orange. And while I don’t have more pictures to share, it got uglier. I got this muddy gross long long section. And the strand where the brown came from stayed orange/yellow/brown. For almost the whole bobbin. I’ve almost finished the first bobbin and that one changes color a bit, but the second is staying orange. How did this not catch my attention?? The first bobbin even had a second run of pink and you know what it matched up with? Dark brown. Brown. Not even like chocolate, but dark mud brown. ugh.

And Bear so wasn’t helping. He kept sticking his fingers in front of the camera.


I ruined this poor fiber.


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.


I haven’t forgotten about the blog. I’ve been busy this week and then last night I ended up sleeping like 10 hours. My guess is that I wasn’t feeling well. But it means I’m even farther behind. *sighs*

So lately I’ve been spinning. The knitting isn’t going at all. I don’t have the energy to cast on something new and I can’t seem to make myself go forward or backwards with the camo sweater.

But I do have more pictures that I wanted to share

I was trying to follow my brother’s lead. I don’t think I did nearly as well.

The fiber is a merino tencel mix (I’m not sure what mix, but I’m guessing 50/50) called Aspen by Spunky Eclectic.

I’m thinking of spinning it up for a hat.