I’ve been light on the posting, mainly because I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately. School is beginning again, and we’re going on vacation back East for a week coming up. While vacation is exciting, it takes away a week of getting things done right before the semester starts. So, this has left me with a huge to do list and, while I’m slowly ticking things off of it, I’m feeling rather freaked. I’m excited to go home and visit with family, but it’s just not the best time for a vacation. I tend to panic as the school year gets closer, and I feel kind of buried right now. I had a bunch of wedding things I wanted to get done this summer, and I’m not even close to completing most of them.
My primary source of relaxation this past week has been watching the Olympics and spinning up a storm. Remember that roving I dyed a week ago? Well, it now looks like this:
It’s tough to see here, but the yarn is rather pretty. The sun bleaches out the colors a bit, but in reality there is a lot of variation in the orangey red, and the green goes from hunter to teal. You can see some major thick and thin spots there, but my later hanks, which are still drying, are much more even. As I spin, I can feel myself getting more and more in control of the movements, becoming more able to tell when to adjust tension and my speed. It’ll still take me a while before I can spin a really even, lightweight yarn, but I can tell I’m improving. In the end, I’ve got about 100 yards of heavy-worsted-to-bulky Corriedale two-ply.
I’ve also figured out how to ply smoothly. I use one hand which, I know sounds weird and probably goes against some spinning decree somewhere, but it’s been working for me.
So that’s it for now. This weekend is the Michigan Fiber Festival, and I’m driving a carload of knitting grad students up to Allegan on Sunday. Look for me, local knitters! I’ll be the one in the studded purple glasses, buying roving like it’s going out of style. No yarn for me!