In school I had always failed the physical fitness tests. I couldn’t touch my toes; I could never do a pull up; headstands were something other people did, and cartwheels were scary. I still can’t do a pull up, but I am no longer certain I will never do one. Yoga has helped me achieve things I thought my body would never do. Someday I may even attempt a cartwheel.
In other news I pulled out my wheel and finished spinning the green silk-angora-merino-alpaca.
It is soft and fairly even. I’m not sure what to do with it since there’s only about 58 yards of it. I might be able to get away with a hat. I’ll put it aside for now until the right project comes along.
Also, I started spinning up some fiber I’d gotten at Hill Country Weavers recently. Three bags full. The first I opened is a Corriedale fiber dyed a bright blue. I’ve been spinning with merino or a merino blend for a while.**** But I couldn't resist the color, so it followed me home. Wow is it different. The staple length is so much longer; I have to treadle much slower and focus on my drafting. I may end up getting a new whorl so that I can go back to the muscle movements to which I am accustomed. Difficulties aside, I do like the way it is spinning up - much thicker than my usual singles.
|It is SO blue.|
I did bring home some merino. I know, you're shocked.
|I'm still in love with purple.|
|Is it gray or silver?|
I can’t decide if I want to ply the purple and the gray together or separately. I tend to knit with solid colored yarn, but the gray and the purple look so good together.
My shoulder was a bit sore after the extended spinning. But, if I’m careful, I think I can get back on track to spinning myself enough yarn for a sweater. That's a goal for next year. I want to take the rest of this year to get better at the basics before I start on a long project.
*Ok so your life might not be changed, but mine sure is.
**Where your head is on the ground with your hands on the floor and you put your knees on your elbows.
*** Cupping the back of my head with my hands so that my forearms would be on the ground to help support, and then kicking up.
**** DH is sensitive to wool but merino doesn’t bother him. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.