Box City

Wow, this week has gone by so quickly. I’ve been so crazy busy what with the upcoming move. There was so much to do! Today was packing day! The crew arrived around 9 this morning and, after a flurry of packing, our house looks rather a bit like a Minecraft game. BOXES EVERYWHERE! Of course, poor Lolly is freaked the fuck out. She spent the day cowering under the bed so she is highly suspicious about this sudden appearance of all these boxes.

While they were working, I decided to ply up last week’s singles. First (last night) I wound the single into a center pull ball:

Isn’t it pretty?

And then this morning, I did an Andean ply.

Sadly all my spinning stuff is packed away so finishing it will have to wait until we’re settled in down there, but the spinning work is done. Tuesday the movers are coming to empty our house into a truck and then we head to Florida! I can’t believe moving day is almost here! w00t!

Spinning Friday

I brought my wheel to Park Day today and after several false starts, I finally got a good rhythm going with this fiber which Santa brought me a couple of Christmases ago. Isn’t it pretty?

After watching my friend Weaver at her wheel a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to spin the roving without breaking it into little pieces first so that the colors would be drawn out into long stretches. (I’m sure there’s a name for this, but I don’t know what it is. I might have to track down a copy of this book.) Anyhoo, now I have to figure out what to do next. Navajo ply is one option, although I’m not sure my single is appropriate for that (not consistent throughout, and not teeny tiny). If I had been thinking ahead when I started this, I would have split the roving in half and spun it onto two different bobbins, but sadly, as is my wont, I wasn’t thinking ahead and instead crammed all 8 ounces of it onto a single bobbin. (As you do.) Another option would be to do an Andean ply, but would the inevitable marling break up the long stretches of color and defeat the purpose of spinning it the way I did? Or I could just leave it as a single, although I know there are a couple of super thin bits which would benefit from plying. What to do, what to do… Hmm…

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Today marks the start of another year of my life and brings me within spitting distance of the big 4-0, although I don’t feel a day over 28. Generally, I’m feeling pretty good and looking forward to this year. It will be a year of big changes, what with the move to Florida and all, and I can’t wait. Happy birthday to me! :-)

Weaver Is Evil

Seriously, y’all, my friend Weaver is evil. She has been on a bit of a spinning jag lately for a while now and last week posted a link on her Facebook to this etsy shop. And even though I have quite a bit more spinning fiber than I want to move to Florida right now, I went ahead and ordered anyway. Just a little, only 4 oz. But what a gorgeous 4 oz. it is:

4 pretty ounces of Polwarth top. I’ve never spun Polwarth, so it’ll be a fun learning experience too!

Flee the plague house!

Over the weekend the Norovirus which has been going around finally caught up with me. Saturday I woke up feeling kind of icky and by 830 pm I asked the Hubs to drive me over to the ER for some IV fluids and some anti-nausea drugs. It was a most unpleasant day, I must say. But now I’m almost back to my normal self, with just a little lingering tiredness. So, yay!

Yesterday I was feeling well enough to work on my shawl and can say now that I am officially into the twee triangles. It took me the entire episode of this week’s Game of Thrones to knit the first two rows. It gets faster and easier once the pattern is established, as I recall, but GAWD I remember why it was such a struggle to get through it the first time.

And so that’s an update I guess! How was your weekend? Hopefully better than mine was. Have you managed to avoid this current Norovirus outbreak or have you been unlucky as well? How is your knitting coming along?

May the Fourth!

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! Here’s a question: what if Episode One was actually good? Like, really good? Well, BelatedMedia has some ideas. Check them out:

May the force be with you!