Thursday, May 31, 2007

Still Here

As Beth can attest, I am still alive and kicking.

Still knitting.

Still spinning.

Still gradually improving.

And thanks, also to Beth, for the new infatuation with spindle-spinning. I've been cranking out yards and yards of fine laceweight silk singles from the fraction of an ounce she gave me to try it out on... A tiny little simple device, yet it provides so much pleaseure (and yarn).

I started something new last night: I cast on a Shetland shawl from my own handspun! I'm using the yarn I made last December in the Boar's Head festival, when I demo-spun for hours and hours on my old antique wheel. I plyed it at home on my Schacht, and now I'm knitting away. It's not the prettiest yarn I've ever seen, nor is it the most evenly spun or plied I've ever made. It is, however, yarn made by me during a particular event, and for that it is special. I think the resulting fabric is beautiful. It's not perfectly even, so the hand-spun-ness shows. There are little fluffs of thicker yarn, and bigger spots of thinner yarn. It's interesting to watch each inch go through my fingers again - it's such a slower rate, as opposed to spinning or plying when the yards fly by... makes me look at my spinning in a different light.

I still haven't photographed the latest finished objects - there are at least 3 I haven't blogged yet. And they're not all little pairs of socks, either! I overdid it this week, and ended up exhausted after work yesterday. All I did was sit and knit until bedtime, read Little Boy his story (we're working our way through Harry Potter - he loves it!), soaked in a warm bath, and went right to sleep. I was so sore and tired yesterday, I had trouble getting through my work day.

Let's see if I can't start blogging more regularly, though. I'm getting so far behind myself!


Beth said...

I told you. And now I feel like it's my fault. Here's the deal. If you still can come on Saturday then you WILL sit in a chair and spin while you direct me to do as you say - not as you do!
Also, I think Shannah is coming of Obsidian Kitten Fame. Should be a fun day if you can manage it.
AND leave your money at's no good here;-)

Renee said...

I'm glad to hear that you are still improving. Would love to see a photo of your shawl. I bet it's great.

Obsidian Kitten said...

well, so much for sitting in a chair and spinning last saturday HAW!

so delightful to meet you -- hey, did you see what 3STTW (that would be beth) did with all that fleece downstairs? it looks awesome...

not to mention the not famous Batt Boy's yarn...loverly!

Obsidian Kitten said...

um, that would be "now famous" (above) -- see what i get for trying to spell at 2am?