I started spinning in the morning again. Every morning used to have some sort of fiber work (play), but then it just stopped. I stopped, and didn’t realize that I was missing it. It’s been nice to start the day with
I always hear David Bowie’s, “Changes” this time of the year. Always. This year it’s a little bit sad. I think out of all the people we lost in 2016, his passing moved me the most. I spent quite a bit of my teenage years listening to him, and then the past few years rediscovering why I was listening to David Bowie as a teenager in the 90’s. Good stuff.
We live in an instant gratification society. Everything is now and how fast. Cleaning fleece is the exact opposite of this. It takes time, patience, and a lot of soap. I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to process my own fleeces, and the payback has been more than just fiber. This fleece is Romney, from my new sheep friend over at Grape Hollow Farm. I’m learning to take my time and breathe a little while I’m working. With any luck, I’ll have this and the other Romney (different farm) and alpaca (also a different farm) fleeces ready to be carded by September. There’s no instant gratification here, but I’ll have a wonderful selection of fiber to spin through the winter.
I was spinning up some yarn for my friend Mary (it’s in the mail today, I promise), and I had to split it among two separate bobbins. It wasn’t a big deal, and the yarn came out awesome. I found myself wishing I had a larger flyer and bobbin for my wheel. I’d be able to spin one continuous hank of yarn. I swear, the Universe cocked her ear to the side and started listening to me. I woke up the day after finishing the yarn to a lady posting a jumbo sliding flyer that just happened to fit on my spinning wheel. It was a sign.
There is a definite love hate relationship between myself and Periscope. I like watching other peoples’ videos, but freeze up and choke when doing my own. I have recorded 4 video’s (not counting the one I accidentally turned off 3
I’m completely guilty of slacking at this at my shows. My signage leaves quite a bit to be desired, and it’s time to change the lack of sign situation. In reality, all of us artists should be embracing amazing (and totally helpful) signs at our craft shows. I see poor sign participation at craft booths more than I see amazing signage. Maybe it’s one of those things that is so simple that it’s commonly overlooked? I don’t know. My signs are pretty pathetic, and I don’t really have a good excuse as to why. I just never invested the time into making/buying some signs.
My main accomplishment so far this week, is me getting back to spinning. I managed about 56 yards of some Merino yesterday and then started on this angora that I’ve been working on for a while. The staple length is a little shorter than it’s supposed to be, and that’s making it more difficult than it should be. That seems to be a normal thing around here. A little progress is better than no progress at all, right?