Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Many Joys of Multi-Tasking

Saturday we finally ran the yard sale we've been planning on all summer. Something about getting up that early on a weekend just seems... wrong. But I finally managed it and we got alot of good stuff cleaned out of the house. The Mister may even get to have a dining room again...

Since running a yard sale consists mainly of sitting around explaining why a victorian rocker is worth $30 and not $5, I took the opportunity to do a little spinning. Okay, alot of spinning. It was a little windy out, but I do so love spinning outdoors. Besides the wind, the weather was just lovely - cool and sunny. The Mister was amused at the reactions we got when people noticed what I was doing. Some just stood, mesmerized, watching the spindle spin. Others couldn't believe I was actually doing something so... archaic. ;-)

I finished Yarn Baby #3 late in the day and am I ever pleased. I've managed to get a pretty regular thickness, and it came out to 273 yards (low estimate) after washing and setting the twist. I admit I probably overspun this a bit as I had to add two bottles of water to pull out most of the curl.

It's a superwash wool in the colorway Fields of Summer from Sereknity. The colors are absolutely perfect. It turned into beautiful twists and expanses of lavender, spring green, hydrangea blue and white. Thank you thank you thank you Heather! I love this yarn so very muchly.

I think Booger approves, although he'd prefer I NOT use his prime sunning area as a skein-winding station.

On Sunday, I started spinning the crazy wool/camel/bunny batts I bought at Common Ground. I have to warn you - this is some seriously fugly yarn. The fibers are coarse, a bit tangled, and greasy (the last I consider a good point). I found it impossible to get a decent, even yarn out of it, so I gave up and went with it's inherent ugliness...

It's the sort of yarn baby that only a mother could love. But it's ugliness is very endearing, don't you think? It's coarse and vaguely horrible... but in a very sweet way.

I'll probably spin the whole thing anyways, knit it up into something sturdy... and felt the living begeezus out of it, hoping to beat it into something like softness.

One can always hope. Heh.



Tina M. said...

*grin* Awww... and it must be so hard growing up next such a cute older sister too! Don't worry Yarn Baby #3... mom loves you oodles. :)

Love the colors though!

yarnophiliac said...

HA! I was running a yarn sale on Saturday, too! Glad you like your Fields of Summer -- I am anxiously awaiting a big yarn and fiber order so I can make more. As for Yarn baby # 3, it looks sooooooo much better than my atrocious attempt at navajo plying from Sunday. UG. I'll probably fetl the hell out of it, too.

Anonymous said...

Your spinning looks beautiful! Just stopping by to say "Hi" and that I just started putting your goodies together for package #2. Hope you have a great week.
SP11 Pal