Spinning on a Drop Spindle is a Rollercoaster

Last fall, I took a class on how to spin with a drop spindle.  I was pretty into it for a while, managed to spin all the sample fiber I was given in the class, and knit a couple projects with it.  At the same time, I bought some pretty fiber in one of my favorite colors, but I decided I preferred not to spin it on a drop spindle and put myself on the hold list to borrow a spinning wheel from the library.  In January, I finally got the wheel, spun up most of that fiber, knit aContinue reading

Summer Goals for 2016

I’m not saying this is a return to blogging, but I felt the urge tonight and I’m not going to say no to being inspired to blog for the first time in months.  It has been long enough since I last wrote that it would be absolutely impossible to catch you up on everything, so I’ll just dive right in. Glenn is sitting behind me setting a whole bunch of goals and sub-goals for the rest of the year, neatly categorized into where they fit into his life.  This has reminded me that the summer feels like it is flyingContinue reading

Again a Runner

It has been a long time since I have written about running.  I ran on and off–mostly off–as I worked my way through a string of injuries lasting at least two years.  Every time I thought I was healed, I would go out and hurt myself again.  This time last year, I was in physical therapy for lingering plantar fasciitis.  If you have ever had that, you’ll know it never really goes away.  The PT, plus finally getting a great pair of custom orthotics in June, helped me to be able to walk without pain for the first time inContinue reading

Fuzzy Happy Projects with my First Handspun

The last time I posted (seriously, has it been over a month already?), I wrote about plying my first mini-skein of handspun yarn.  Last week, which was the week of Thanksgiving, I took a few vacation days to give myself the entire week off of work.  I needed time to rest and recharge.  Obviously, that means doing all the crafts.  I did a lot of knitting, of course, along with working on my needlepoint almost every night after barely touching it for months.  One of the first things I did, though, was finish spinning and plying that natural-colored merino/alpaca fiber.  I endedContinue reading

Spinning Ahead: My First Plied Skein!

I’m not finished spinning the roving from the drop spindle class I took last weekend, but I’ve spun up about 70g of singles at this point.  Last I weighed it, I had somewhere around 60g left.  So, another week or less and I’ll be all done and ready to ply.  However, a couple days ago, I was getting really impatient to see what my yarn was going to look like plied.  I had five balls of singles (10g each) at that point, so I thought plying two of them up wouldn’t hurt. 🙂 I wound a plying ball on my nostepinne.Continue reading