Monday, July 21, 2014

In Which My Body Slows Me Down



Last week was not a great week, guys. The quick version is that I *don't* have a broken foot or a sprained wrist (in separate bouts of general clumsiness), but I did accidentally have some foods I can no longer have and it has knocked me down flat. I spent the last few days essentially on the couch or sleeping. This is the first morning I've woken up feeling like a human.


There will be a new podcast episode coming soon (sorry for the delay!) and another Tour de Fleece update in the next day or two. I lost a few days of spinning with the bruised foot, but also got a few really awesome spinning tools in the mail that I'm planning to talk about as soon as I've used them a little more.

I will be back in this space soon!





Monday, July 14, 2014

Tour de Fleece Update #1





Tour de Fleece is taking over, and I mean that in the greatest of ways. I find myself finishing up my spinning for the day and automatically thinking forward to when I'll next be able to spin. My pile of wool is shrinking as my singles and plied skeins grow.


Below is my progress so far:

Day 1 (7/5)- 2 oz.
Day 2 (7/6)- 1 oz.
Day 3 (7/7)- plied 3 oz. together
Day 4 (7/8)- 1 oz.
Day 5 (7/9)- spun 1 oz.
Day 6 (7/10)- 1 oz.
Day 7 (7/11)- plied 3 oz. together.
Day 8 (7/12) - spun 2 oz.
Day 9 (7/13) - spun 1 oz.


The plan for today is to ply, and then maybe spin another ounce, but I'll have to see how work and school goes today. Did I mention we started back to a half schedule of school last week?




If you're spinning for Tour de Fleece, or even just spinning and want to share, be sure to post in comments so we can come visit your progress!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Spin Share




I'm working on spinning a little each day, and sharing my progress in this space on Fridays. 
Please join me! Share your spinning progress in comments- I'd love to see your work!





Over the first few days of the tour I spun 3 ounces and plied them into this first skein. I'm spinning more singles today and through the weekend, and hopefully by Monday or Tuesday I'll have more skeins to show you!

I'm really loving this Shetland and how it is spinning up. One of my boys thinks the sheepy smell of the wool is hilarious; the other is not amused. I think it's wonderful, of course!


Have you been spinning this week? 

Share a link to your spinning progress in comments so that we can come visit your beautiful work!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Another Pair



I'm mostly spinning right now because of tour de fleece, but I just can't take my wheel with me most places, so there is still knitting to be done. I finished the Fluormania Socks over the past weekend, and immediately cast on another pair of socks, a dark pair, to contrast the neon I've been staring at for the last two weeks.




I have several books going right now- in fact, I had to make a list the other day and purpose to finish the ones that are closest to their ends so that my brain won't feel so stretched. I don't typically read so many different things at once. So the ones I'm reading most frequently right now are An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon and Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. The second book is for a book discussion where we are reading and discussing a chapter per week.

What are you knitting and reading this week?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Midnight Fiber and Fabric Podcast, Episode 15: Encouraging Kids in Fiber Arts





We visited Maker Faire Kansas City June 28th at Union Station. We were excited to see Nerd Girl Yarns there again this year.

This week I mentioned my Neon socks, the Jade Socks for my mom, My SPAKAL sweater (Tour de Fleece spinning) hosted by the Knitmore Girls.

In the spinning portion, I mention Abby Franquemont's youtube videosRespect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont and Start Spinning by Maggie Casey. Please come join Team Sasquatch for support while you spin!

I LOVE pink hair, I talk about encouraging kids in fiber arts and talk about trying to update my Ravelry page pictures (mention Soledad and Looped Loop).



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