Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Life and fiber goals.

I have life altering* news! DH and I went to partner yoga and I successfully did a headstand. It wasn’t pretty, and it didn’t last very long, but it counts. Two days after the fact and I’m still giddy at the idea. When Yoga Scott said we’d be doing headstands I had that “I’m too heavy and my arms aren’t strong enough” feeling wash over me, again. But yoga is about personal growth!  So, I tried kicking up from the tripod**, no dice. Yoga Scott suggested a different position*** I'd tried before, but hadn't felt very stable. But DH was there and I trusted him to catch me, and if I kicked him by accident he wouldn't care. So I fully committed to kicking my feet in the air and, with a little help, there it was.

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.


MaryAnne said...

The green silk-angora-merino-alpaca is stunning. I love the gray/silver, too.

Marisa said...

I'm so proud of you for the headstand! I did something new too, I can now successfully flip pancakes in a pan, and get some height on them! Not so much personal growth, but a skill :P