Oct 302010

This is what happens when you stop doing project 365, and then you no longer feel guilty when you blog less than once a week, and then life happens, and – you know… You post a short thing about the crap you lug around every day, and that was that. Thanks for all of you ideas, by the way, maybe I will get a basket or tote, or something. Maybe I will just re-organize myself and put things back in time, and then I won’t have to carry all that stuff around all the time. I also had this vision of making a giant tote bag with extra pockets for the laptop, all the gadgets, my giant thermos, and a used mug. The idea was great, and I could use the expandable tote pattern and Lisa’s laptop bag pattern from her book “the bag making bible” and mix the two. Right after I have finished making the skirt, and a couple of spindle bags and a Kindle cover. Which reminds me that I have dowels and toy wheels sitting on my desk that I had wanted to make into drop spindles.

But then this is the first day of fall break (which lasts a whole week, ahem), and we’ll ignore the fact that it’s only two more days until NaNoWriMo, and that I still have to read through the first part of the novel I’m supposed to write the second part of so that I can make a list of things that happened, and people I wrote about. It would be especially nice to remember the spelling of my main character’s name.

I’m also currently doing a self-imposed round of spinning workshops. I suppose things won’t get boring any time soon, which is a good thing. I did take a few more pictures that I haven’t shown here, so get something nice to drink, lean back and let me show you what I did:

I recorded more podcast episodes:


I got out my sewing machine and made “treadle booties” for my spinning wheel. When folded the treadles tend to knock against the wheel which then leaves marks in turn. Majacraft recommends wrapping the wheel in a towel but that’s bulky and tends to slip.

treadle booties

My husband happened to run errands for once, and he remembered how much I love roses and got me these:


I looked around for pretty things to take pictures of and these were on my desk.


Trying to take another “artsy” picture, this is a table that my son arranged in his room.


I got a surprise package that was all wrapped up in Mozart galleys:


That confused me a bit because I have a friend who used to do research for the new complete edition of Mozart’s works, and that was what the package was wrapped in. It turned out that the package was a very belated birthday present that a knitterly friend had gotten for me in Scotland:

surprise wool

It is the most amazing roving. It’s from sheep that live on the beach and eat seaweed. They have a dual coats and the soft layer is gorgeous and really soft, and special. I might have to learn how to dye fiber for this.

I also spent a lot of time and energy finishing knitting projects that have been sitting around for up to a year. First, a new sweater (pardon the sweat pants):


Socks for my husband:

devon in teal

A shawl (another Damson by Ysolda Teague made from Drachenwolle):

damson in plum

Now on to my self-imposed (and self-taught) spinning workshop. I wanted to learn how to make really thin singles for lace because I have this gorgeous Blue Faced Leicester top that I want to make into a shawl. I started spinning from that top only to find that there is much to learn, and so I used something else I had sitting around. Here you see the fruits of an evening of spinning:

lace singles

After two nights of this I decided to learn how to chain-ply it on the third night:

lace chain-ply

The pin in the picture above is a big pin but still, the yarn is pretty skinny. I know a lot more about spinning real thin now, I also think it might be a good idea to wait with the spinning of this until I can afford a lace-flyer and lace-bobbins. Not that they are a magic trick but I think they will make spinning lace yarn considerably easier.

I will go on and take pictures and post them here because I like it very much. I only stopped doing the “a picture a day”-thing because I have too many things I need to see to every day, and more often than not I was frantically taking a picture at 11.30 at night. Also my life is not very visually interesting, I sit at home all the time, and often when I do go out I forget to take the camera.

  2 Responses to “Still living and breathing”

  1. Nice to catch up. Photos are fine. Stories are also good. Just the fact of you continuing with the blog is great.

  2. I wish You a successful NaNoWriMo – and don´t forget breathing and living! Oh, and compliments for all the finished knitting! I suppose, this is a good start for the writing. No “Altlasten” sitting around.
    Now I should, ähm, da verließ sie ihr Englisch, ich sollte mir für den November vielleicht auch ein Thema vornehmen. Das bestimmende Thema ist Singen. Aber dann? Socken? Da ist mir danach. Allerdings schreien auch angefangene Strickjackenprojekte nach Aufmerksamkeit… ich nehme Socken, die erfordern nicht so viel Aufmerksamkeit und sind auch in kleinen Stücken zu bewältigen.

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