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8. February 2015 17:54
by Jobo
8 Comments

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:

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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.

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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.

14. November 2014 13:40
by Jobo
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Survival Knitting…

14. November 2014 13:40 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My children are adorable… the cutest little munchkins ever.  ‘Kat’ is 5 months, and ‘Bear’ is one month short of 3 years old.  They are sweet and smart and funny…

But Dude… they don’t seem to sleep much! 

When I`m overtired… I have a hard time keeping up in general.  This has been a challenging week.  I do pretty well on 4 hours sleep a night… but this week it`s been even less than that.  Iced Coffee is my BFF.

I love being creative and making things up as I go.  I love modifying patterns and tweaking things to add my own flair.  I daydream and scheme spinning, knitting and yarny things around the clock.  I get excited and talk too fast and too much about my fibery aspirations.  I get all worked up about my hobbies!

When I am this tired though… I can hardly butter toast.

Enter the realm of survival knitting

Sometimes I just need a project to follow row by row.  Something that I don`t try and jazz up.  I follow the pattern exactly as written.  I have to mark the rows I’ve completed in the margin, and make notes of any counts or measurements so I can remember how to make the second of a pair. 

This kind of knitting isn’t challenging – it`s comforting and calming. 

It doesn't charge me up – it relaxes me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something small in my chaotic day.

Some days all I get is 15 or 20 minutes… but these short bursts of “survival knitting” are what`s keeping me sane.  Ok.  The knitting and the chocolate. 

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