Time flies when your having fun

I had not realized it had been a while since I posted. That’s unfortunate.  But, in this time lapse there has been a decent amount of progress. I go through phases where I get a bit obsessed with something. Like a dog with a bone I won’t let it go. When it comes to books that usually results in me completing a series 1-3 books in 1-2 or 3 days and then rereading my favorite parts after just for pure enjoyment. I did/do that with the Hunger Games series all the time.

Recently it has been other popular books that have recently turned into movies. Such as The Fault in Our Stars. I know it’s the “cool/hip/happening” thing to do to read a book turned into a movie but then all the ones who loved the books prior to them becoming main stream feel everyone else are posers. To me however, sometimes you don’t hear about a good book until it becomes popular and just because it becomes popular doesn’t mean you’ll fall on the band wagon of fandom.

For instance, I recently read the If I stay series and didn’t care for it. But, I did like how the writer put the second book in the perspective of the guy which you don’t always see. But, I’m regressing. I say all this to say like books; I had got stuck on Winter is Coming. That is the fiber that I’ve had since February and had a lot of problems with. It came felted.

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I tried spinning it as it was but it wouldn’t draft. So I made faux lags out of some of it and that made it a tad bit easier.

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Then I got a tip on instagram about blending boards and over dyeing such fiber to improve it. The overdyeing isn’t necessary. But I wanted to do that so I did.

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I don’t have a blending board so I did a homemade version. I used a wide tooth comb to align the fibers. Then I did my regular method for blending the colors. That’s where I separate the fibers staple-length-wise and repeated stack it upon it self until the fibers appear nicely blended. Then I spread the fibers out width-wise. After which I use one of the dowels that came with my niddy noddy to make the fauxlags.

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Next came the spinning.

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And plying.

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I ended up with 402yds of a heavy lace/light fingering weight.

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It was so unbalanced that it took a squirting bottle and 2 5lb weights to settle the twist.

I am well pleased with this “bone”.

Progress is rewarding

A few days ago I ended up in the ER having breathing problems. I have asthma so, they were understandably just as concerned as I was. I ended up getting a breathing treatment, which surprisingly made me feel worse rather than better. Turned out I had a virus/cold. The doctor expected it to last about 2 weeks or so and prescribed a decongestant and something else to help that I can’t think of off the top of my head. Plenty of rest and liquids being the order of the day before sending me home. As a result I’ve done little else but, take meds and sleep.

I’m actually getting better sooner than I expected I would. I’ve had odd days where I’ve either slept all day or not slept at all. On days where I haven’t slept I’ve done my best (around the migraines that is) to put myself to use and I discovered something interesting about my productivity ability. If I switch between knitting and spinning every half hour or so I seem to make greater progress than if I sit for several hours working on one thing. Why is that I do not have a clue but, it works for me.

As a result:

20140902_031813_1 I’ve been working on this beauty. I know you think this is new fiber it’s not. I took a nice chunk of the remaining amount of grey toned merino that was felted and over dyed it using blue and purple food coloring. Then, –because I don’t have a drum carder, hand carder, or a blending board — I used a wide tooth comb to align the fibers and detangle. I then did my usual method of pulling the fibers apart and over lapping them to get the colors to blend. After which I used one of the dowels that make up part of my niddy noddy and rolled and drafted the fibers. Which resulted in this beautiful after math.

 

2014-08-23 16.19.16Viajante is coming along but, I’d like to move along a bit faster. My goals this month is to get all of the grey fiber completely finished. Including plying, washing, and dried. I also want to have my Stream Bed’s Kiss socks completely finished. They’ve been on the needles too long.