Fiber Friday and Real Life

Last week, I left you all with a happy post that started with the pic on top and made its way to the pic on the bottom.

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Which then became this:

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But in between, there was this:

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And this:

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Followed by this:

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My sweet daughter, who is 24, was driving her motor scooter and was hit by a car who backed out too fast. Her right knee was shattered and she went in for emergency surgery.
Things happen in life that we can’t predict. I’m so grateful that her injuries weren’t worse. That her love of snowboarding caused her to instinctively tuck and roll when she was flying off of the bike. Her head, neck and spine are fine, as is her attitude, despite the fact that she won’t walk on her leg for three months.
Today is her birthday. Mostly, I am grateful beyond words that she is here to celebrate it and continue to grow into the amazing woman she is only now discovering that she is.
Spin on, and hold your loved ones close..

Celebrate!! First “fleece to garment!”

I am so excited to have gone from this:

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To this:

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This was the buttonbox pattern from Knitty, and I am so pleased!! I frogged three other items before landing on the pattern that was meant for this yarn, and it was a fun one to knit. The fit is perfect, but I confess my swatch ran large so I knit for the 31″ instead if the 36″ and am so glad I did! The needle size felt right for the yarn so I didn’t want to mess with that.

So, I did it! Bought the fleece, washed, carded, spun, dyed and knit my first “directly from the local sheep garment.” I am hooked.

Spin on, and happy Friday!

Off to Cornwall!!

Today is the beginning of what I think will be an amazing adventure. It’s our 5th anniversary…and these part five years have been unbelievably wonderful. Seriously. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

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We’ve been saving for a vacation to celebrate, and this afternoon we are off to the UK for a seven day walking tour along the south coast of England. I am so excited I can’t stand it!! 78 miles (or so) from Falmouth to Plymouth, with a few pubs, castles, and churches in between.
I’m ready for the adventure, and have prepped and packed 5 ounces of wool + spindle + 3 ounces already spun for the walking and traveling part. Our plan, if the weather is nice, is to stop along the way and hubs will draw while I spin. I am aiming for some crazy fun spinning in public pix! (Seriously, best husband ever).

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And..thank you everyone for your advice and encouragement for my first “fiber to sweater” project. I bought Amy King’s “Spin Control” to read on the plane. When I spin this wool on my spindle I get a very steady worsted weight. On the wheel an Aran weight comes me naturally. I’ve spun three ounces on the spindle and am taking five with me, so my first project will be the Hiker’s Vest (which seems appropriate, dontcha think? And when I come back, I think I might take on the Honeymaker sweater. It’s a bold call, I know…but when I saw the pattern, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. You know that feeling?

Anyway, my updates and posts will be SeattleSpinner on the road!! Hope you enjoy the adventure with me!!

Spin on!

Fiber Friday!! Today’s thought, “Slow down…”

Today’s post is largely inspired by this post on one of my favorite blogs “Suzy Sells Sea Shells.” After reading her post, I found myself thinking more and more about how amazing it is to slow down and enjoy the process of what we do in our fibery worlds.

Slowing down gives us the ability to see what is transforming before our eyes. A concept of fiber to finished project that most people don’t really comprehend (you mean yarn doesn’t just come off the sheep?)

The last batch of fiber I processed caused me to think through this very thing, because I realized I was trying to rush the process. Small moments of truth came to light.

If I rush this, I might not get all the dirt out..gritty yarn, not so great!
If I am impatient, I might not get the lanolin out..stiff, sticky fiber? Tough to draft..
If I hurry, it might felt..shame to have the sheep give up his coat in vain!

And slowing down means:

Really feeing the texture..
More time to dream of possible projects (or solve all the world’s problems)
Less tension…need I say more?
Spindling by the ocean…

I love the transformation process and the fact that I am knitting a beautiful hat from lamb’s locks.

I’ll leave you with these pix of my peaceful journey. What’s your Fiber Friday moment?

Spin on!

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