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8. February 2015 17:54
by Jobo

Spinning and a Plying Ball

8. February 2015 17:54 by Jobo | 8 Comments

I've been struggling for the past week with another bout of lack of sleep... to the point of not really being able to see straight, let alone follow a pattern or count things.  lol.  Yes, that tired.  childrenpleasegtfts.

When I'm exhausted... spinning is my go-to activity.  It's repetitive, methodical, and best of all... NO counting or keeping track of anything.  Just grab a handful of fiber and draft, flick, draft, flick, wind, repeat.  It's soothing even to type it out.

I've been working on my Fat Cat Knits "Dragonfly" Gradient on Merino and it is coming along famously.  I bought 6 oz... and separated it out to make a nice fine 2-ply running from deep plummy purple through a robin egg shade of blue, into teal, and finally lime green.  (you can read more about it here)

The fiber was divided into 4 portions (2 identical pieces of purple/blue and 2 identical pieces of teal/lime) and I've completed the spinning of both the purple/blue ones - so I wound a plying ball the other night.  To give you an idea of the fineness of the singles... It took more than two hours to hand wind the ball from the full spindle cops.  I forgot to photograph the full spindles, but here is the pretty ball:


I'm hoping there will be enough yards of thread to make a really large stole or shawl.  Ideally I'd like to make a big round something, or maybe a big rectangle wrap.  With the gradient, it will be necessary to stick to a shape that will highlight the progression... but choosing the path will be part of the fun, as it always is.


Here is the lime green portion getting a good start... the spindle is a Grizzly Mountain Arts Bead... and the bowl is a nice shallow wooden Thai dipping sauce bowl :)  I am hoping to try and spin at least a few handfuls of fiber each day... even on the days I am really tired out.  The spinning seems to help.  Also - Chocolate and Coffee.  Forever.

23. February 2009 12:12
by Jobo

1, 2, 3, 4... I think I'll go and Knit some more...

23. February 2009 12:12 by Jobo | 4 Comments

A few years back, in attempts to deal with a stressful job and overwhelmingly busy home life, I did some research into meditation as a way to mellow myself out.  After doing some reading on the internet, and a flipping through a few  books, I realized that my knitting and quilting that  I have been doing regularly after work, and especially during those times of feeling stressed by my life - I already HAVE BEEN meditating.


They say that one of the simplest meditation forms is just to sit in a safe, quiet, silent place, focus on your breathing, and count slowly from one to four with each breath, with the eventual goal of reaching the fourth in-and-out without having an intrusive thought pass through.  In the silence and peace from everyday passing thoughts, we are supposedly more likely to reach insight.  It is also said that this is very difficult, and that many people have to practice for years before they reach that fourth breath without being distracted by some passing thought…  these people have obviously never completed the longest pattern row of a complicated lace project, or finished a pair of double-knit Norwegian mittens.   


I estimate that I could probably practice for years and never sit and breathe and focus and reach that fourth breath, but hand me a needle and thread, or a pair of needles and a ball of yarn… I can spend hours in a sitting – perhaps not counting purely the breaths from one to four, but definitely counting the stitches, K1 P1 K1 P1, up-down-up-down-up-down goes the sewing needle… and no daily distracting thoughts in between.  During that time, I focus on my art, and on creating beauty in a fibery form. 


There is no room in my brain to think about the snarky coworker who was unpleasant at work that day, K1 P1, or the pile of laundry that I should be doing, K across 1 row, or my mom being frustrated that I haven’t visited yet this week, tie in the ends of a finished project, or any of those everyday worries.


I guess I didn’t need to learn how to meditate after all, I just needed to discover it under a new name, already well established as a stress-buster in my daily life.


So Blogsters, with that I leave you with some yarn candy pictures, and a song (which has nothing to do with knitting or meditation, but simply 1 2 3 4)

"Black Nile" Superwash Roving from Fiber Optic...becomes sock yarn 3-ply

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