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Some say…

Some say that the difference between and rut and a grave is the depth. I heard this at work earlier this week and maybe I’m just not grasping it, but I’m left with a huge, cartoon question mark over my head when I think on this. Is saying that a rut is basically a grave suppose to motivate me to hoist myself out of the rut and find a new path? Is saying that suppose to make my rut feel full of doom? Is saying that making any sense to any of you?

Yeah, it didn’t make sense to me either.

However, I will admit, I’ve been in a rut lately. A color rut. When buying wool, I tend to gravitate towards the same colors (usually warmer colors) and that translates all too well over to my carding tendencies. This would be all fine and dandy if I were only spinning and carding fibers for me, but let me be the first to tell you, spinning yarn for myself doesn’t bring in the Benjamins. So, in order to add more colors to my shop pallet, I’m left forcing myself to buy something blue, or dye something purple, or card something with black in it. YES, I said forcing. I have to step away from my eyes and let the little spinning devil on my should tell me “perhaps someone would like a yarn with blue and purple… perhaps someone would pay you enough money for some new shoes if you’d spin that blue and green fiber… perhaps you need to snap out of your love for warmer colors and GET WITH IT”.

Yes, this is the conversation that goes on inside my head every time I reach for red or orange or yellow. Crazy? Maybe.

Tonight started out no differently than any other night. I found myself standing in front of my tower of wool, scanning over colors and textures trying to find just…the…right…ones. Red? No. I’ve already done red. Orange? No. I’ve already done orange. Yellow? Heck no, I’ve already done yellow. I was at a loss. I just couldn’t reach for the cooler colors without first considering the warmer tones. So what did I do? I pulled all of the colors down. Every blasted bit of color I had and I started carding. Some colors were omitted out of fear (some color combinations are better left to the imagination), some colors were resting at the bottom of the pile and were overlooked. But the colors that did make it on to the carder are breathtaking. Warm mingled with cool which all blended fabulously with a huge smack of sparkle ’cause I like it that way.

I’m happy. Sometimes the best way to get out of a rut is to just throw caution to the wind and see what happens.

Lots to say, lots to say.

I didn’t mean to go away for an entire week! I blame the sick I somehow contracted last Sunday/Monday that knocked me down and drug me through the mud for 4 days. I think my defenses were still on vacation from my mini cold I had a couple of weeks ago because I sat at home this week with my temperature above 100 for multiple days. You’d think I’m a sickly person who catches everything… well… I don’t think I am (but I’m starting to wonder).

However, other than a leftover cough, I’m better now and back to spinning and gardening and going to work and not sleeping most of the day… ahhh, it’s nice!

This weekend was Art of Wine at work. I wasn’t in charge of the logistics of the event this year which was very nice, oh so very nice. This meant I got to help out here and there but my job was mostly to stand and smile. Oh, I did work, but nothing like last year. I’m the kind of girl that LOVES to be in charge of just about everything going on around me and I’m kind of bossy about things (yes, you know the type – I was that girl in school) but when it comes to Art of Wine, someone else can have it. I don’t need to be bossy, I’ll stand over here and smile.

Between the sick and the wine, I did manage to get some spinning in (as pictured above). I received GREAT news on Saturday morning. My sister and I will be hanging out at the Fayetteville Farmers Market not as patrons but as vendors. Yup, she’ll be selling her fabulous market bags and I’ll be selling my yarn and wool. We’re very excited. I kind of that thought in the back of my mind, the “are you sure you want to get into this – 7AM every Saturday morning” but yes, I’m sure… for now. I think it’s time to revolutionize the Farmer’s Market with my mad skills… or my ‘better than they were last September’ skills. Either way, it’s time!

I blame Hobbledehoy

During the holiday season of 2007, I noticed a shop on Etsy selling the most BEAUTIFUL bits of wool. That was the first time I laid eyes on the batts that Hobbledehoy creates. I didn’t spin yet but wanted to learn, so I asked for a drop spindle for Christmas.

In January I purchased Drunken Sailor – my first Hobbledehoy batt. It was the beginning of a fiber addiction. I held on to that batt for days, weeks months and then a year. That batt was my first fiber love – I had to hold on to it for something special. I had to wait until I knew EXACTLY what it wanted to be.

Last night, it spoke to me. It wanted to be a super chunky, way funky, plied yarn. So out it came, I spun it up pretty thick (for my standards) and plied the heck out of it. I fell in love with it all over again. I don’t know what it is going to be yet, but that will come to me… in time.

Little accomplishments along the way

As I’ve mentioned a few times, I’m participating in a challenge to spin everyday in April. It’s day 15 now and I’ve hung in there. I believe I talked about how this challenge would allow me to spin for myself along the way. I am happy to say that just in 15 days, spinning for myself has allowed me to try a few different things with my yarn. I attempted some slubs (although they might be the messiest ones out there) out of my own dyed roving and bits of wool from the Phat Fiber box…then some beehives on a super textured, plied yarn spun from some gorgeous roving from CloudloverAnd tonight I tried my hand at corespinning from some cheapo acrylic yarn as the base and a lovely Hobbledehoy batt (one of her Galaxy batts)…I’m beaming from what I’ve accomplished so far. I can’t imagine I would have tried these out this month if it were not for this challenge. Oh, I would have eventually tried them out, but certainly not in April… and probably not in May… even June might be stretching it a bit.

This corespinning (all 51 yards of it) has worn me out. I’m going to go plop down and watch some Ghost Hunters. Goodnight!

Edit: Hey everyone – do fibery posts make you super happy? They make me happy! If you’re like me, then go over to the Fiber Arts Friday listing and check out all kinds of fibery blog posts, you wont’ be sorry.

Sometimes you create

And sometimes you clean. Saturday’s are usually reserved for grocery shopping and crafting. Today I shopped, spun some wool (which was more frustrating than it was relaxing – I was having issues today) and cleaned/organized. My house has kind of been in a semi mess since Christmas. There was a small pile of Christmas decor that I forgot to pack away before the boxes were taken to the basement, my sewing machine was still out from a past project, spinning supplies had taken over a corner of the living room, dust filled the corners and wool was oozing out of every bit of storage space in the guest room. It was time to take back my house.

It only took a couple of hours and a few listings on FreeCycle, but I finally feel like I’ve taken back the downstairs portion of my house.

The upstairs bedroom is an entirely different story that I don’t care to write about.

My spinning stash got 2 new cubbies is as neatly organized as possible (as you can see above), I found some yarn I forgot I had and needed to list on Etsy and everything else just got put away. It’s not a huge difference, but I just feel better while walking around. Now I feel like I can tackle some decorating projects and eventually the 2 boxes sitting next to my desk that never got unpacked when we moved.

And now I shall leave you with some new yarn porn – enjoy.

And voila!

A new spinning wheel = a new skein of yarn. It’s only 37 yards in length, but it’s lovely, oh so lovely.

I’m very pleased with the new wheel (you can get one for yourself at Ford4Him over on Etsy). I’m also quite pleased with spinning on the wheel. I was nervous about sitting down to spin tonight. I didn’t have anyone to show me how, I was learning from videos and such online, and what other tips I had came via Twitter posts and Etsy convos, this made me nervous. But I spun, slowly, methodically, and voila – a skein.

If it wasn’t past 10PM, I’d go dig up some more wooly batts and spin another skein. However; ’tis late and this girly still has a long week ahead of her.

Bon nuit.

Me want, me want!

Found today at Craftzine.com:

This is BRILLIANT. All I need are some shelves and guess what I’m doing to the guest room? Yup, making it into a yarn storage heaven.

I currently store my yarn in bins under the bed. Every time I pull it out to get another skein out, I gasp at the beauty the yarn hides in the bin. The colors are vivid, the textures are amazing, and it’s the loveliest thing in my crafting collection. However, would displaying my yarn leave me feeling ashamed for the amounts of acrylic yarns that I have? I do have a lot of wool, handspun yarn, but sometimes you just want something cheap… and easy.

Okay, so maybe I won’t do this project. Any other suggestions for storing yarn?

Garage Sales and Yarn

I woke up earlier than usual this morning in hopes of hitting up some garage sales in search of display items for the craft show and/or jewelry supplies. Well, my sweet decided he wanted to get up with me to have breakfast. We haven’t had breakfast on a Saturday morning together in ages – I wasn’t expecting this! Even though I did not get the earlier start on the sales, breakfast with my sweetness was worth it. Chocolate Malt-O-Meal – yummm.

Even with the later start, I did find some awesome things. An iron stand of sorts for my new necklaces, a smaller stand for bracelets, and earring display racks! I found a sale run by a lady who use to do craft shows and had things to get rid of. Aside from the display pieces, I got some clear plastic fishbowl like things (I’m sure I’ll use them for something) and a heavy wooden sign that will eventually turn into my craft fair sign. I saw many other cool items out today, but I was sticking to what I needed.

I then went to sign up as an owner at Ozark Natural Foods, bought two pepper plants, went grocery shopping and came home. It’s only 5:00 PM and I’m exhausted.

I think I’ll spend the rest of the evening making jewelry and spinning more yarn. I’ve post a couple of pictures of my first two attempts at plying some yarn. The next batch with be bright orange and eggplant.

In the Mailbox

Despite the dreariness of the situation I found myself in tonight (walking down a wet driveway, crossing the cold wet street, getting my gloves wet from my SOAKING wet mailbox) I found a wonderful surprise in my mailbox. The package instantly cheered me up. It was soft and squishy and I knew JUST what it was.
I had purchased some hand spun yarn from SDSpin last week. I found it on the gift guides and the price was great. I snatched up two orders and think… no, I know I’ll be going back for more.
98% of me wants to jump right in and knit something with it immediately, but 2% of me says “slow down, find a pattern that you love, don’t rush this”. You see, this is only my 2nd and 3rd skeins of hand spun yarn (first skein is waiting on a project too) and I’m just amazed by how beautiful it is. Sure, I’ll still purchase the economical acrylic fashion yarns from the local craft store, but I think I’ve found a new addiction.