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Slithy Toves September 12, 2006

Posted by brianna in Verbosity.
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Why is it so difficult to do things when one is depressed? See? After that sentence I merely stared into space for thirty seconds because not one recordable thought drifted through my mind. It’s like those horrible cliched scenes in Westerns where the tumbleweed scuttles across some dusty road in some abandoned town. (My mind is the road, see how clever I am with my similes?)

Today I….went to bed at 8am because lately I have a very difficult time sleeping at night. I had a few really terrible dreams, and a few merely bizarre ones, and then woke up and opened the computer. One of my favorite websites had been updated, and I think that was actually the highlight of my day. Various people got emails regarding actual employment, yet no emails were received. I rinsed some wool I’m dying for an exchange, re-washed it, and separated it into locks for combing. I then mixed a different shade and washed more fleece and stuffed it into my dye jar. This is now cooling in the kitchen. I had some ice cream. And then some chips and salsa. And then a moment of severe insecurity regarding my chin. I wallowed in patheticness for a bit before doing some spinning but not really enjoying it much.

…fascinating.

My nails are nice and pokey and long. This is one nice thing.

The silence is deafening. Sigh. I felt exactly this way roughly one month ago, and that night I got robbed, so let’s hope that doesn’t happen again, huh?

I want to find a place to ride my bike. There are trails in south Florida, but singletrack is unappealing alone (I am in constant fear of the endo) and that would also involve loading up the bike and then wasting gas driving there and back and grrr.

The major downside of being depressed is when all the ’emerging from depression’ options seem more unappealing and too difficult and far away every day, but it seems the rest of the population thinks you should simply walk out the door and get on the bicycle or join a group or do a little dance and go to sleep at night and everything will be much better! I then feel lazy and pathetic which makes me feel more depressed. It comes and goes in cycles and I know in two weeks I’ll have sort of forgotten about all this and how miserably frustrated and sad I am, but right now I just want to disappear.

Bad, bad day. Whine, whine, whine. Poor little me. etc.

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Spinning foo September 7, 2006

Posted by brianna in Verbosity.
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This isn’t really a spinning/knitting related writing thing (though I do occasionally toss long winded fiber ponderings on here), so I wasn’t going to add this…but then again, why not? Hooray for making things easily accessible!

1) How long have you been spinning? Roughly six years.

2) Are you a beginner, novice, or experienced spinner? Somewhere between novice and experienced. I can spin pretty much every fiber in every form and make something come out halfway decently, but there /are/ a few things I’ve yet to perfect (I am horrible with rolags) and I’m nowhere near the ‘oh, let’s do froghair for fun!’ stage. Though I think a great deal of that is personal preference. =)

3) Do you spin on a drop spindle or wheel, or both? I spin on a wheel. I occasionally pull out my spindles, but that’s mostly for sampling purposes.

4) What types and weights of drop spindles (or what type of spinning wheel(s) ) do you currently own? I learned on a Louet S10, but now own a Jensen Tina II which I love. I prefer a light-to-medium weight spindle when I do use them, but for some reason I’ve lost all those and am left with two very nice but slightly heavy for me spindles, a Bosworth Maxi and a Grafton Swan, and a little laceweight spindle I’m using to slowly work through some camel/silk blend. I own a Bosworth book charka, as well, and greatly admire their cedar mini spindles…though I know I’d spin on it raptly for a few days and then tuck it away for only occasional admiring.

5) What type of fibers have you spun with before? Oh, wow. Wools, all sorts. Silk, mohair, cashgora, cashmere, alpaca, various blends (Merino/tencel, Merino/silk, Merino/mohair…) fox fiber (Yes. Fiber from a fox. Blended with wool. Crazy), cotton, flax… I have all sorts of angora around, but have yet to really spin a lot of it, mostly because it’s in ‘just plucked’ form and I’m at a slight loss as to how to prepare it (havn’t had much luck with that). I have a quiviut blend stashed away for the right time, too.

6) What fibers do you prefer to spin with? Animal fibers, definitely. Primarily wool and wool blends, I love BFL and Cormo, Rambouillet, all the flavors of Romney, and bouncy wools blended with things like alpaca or cashmere or angora to give them elasticity. I especially like mill rovings and tops, where the crimp doesn’t feel ‘ironed out’ and there’s still a lot of the original character and life of the wool in. Mild VM doesn’t bother me so much with those. When I lived in Maine I bought a lot of fiber from local vendors at fairs, and their preps have consistantly been my favorites!

7) What fibers do you dislike? I do not like, at all, colonial wool. Mostly because of the weird ‘ironed out’ feeling of the fiber. If it’s commercial top, chances are I won’t really enjoy spinning it simply because I find it odd and tricky to draft and am never quite happy with the end product. I’m not too fond of flax, cashgora, or straight adult mohair. I don’t really like the luster long wools like Lincoln or Border Leicester though Romney and BFL are nice (I think it’s the crimp vs curl issue). I have enough cotton to play with for now.

8) Do you prefer natural colored fibers, or handpainted/dyed fiber? I have a lot of natural fiber and fleece, so right now I’m on a bit of a hand dyed kick. Delicious handpainted roving. Mmmmm.

9) Would you prefer all one type of roving or smaller amounts of different types to sample? Either all one type or a 50/50 split.

10) What are you favorite colors? I love reds, plums, deep yellows, pale greens, Van Gough’s palate (think ‘Starry Night), pinks, and also clearish candy colors (Bright but not neon.)

11) What colors do you dislike? I’m not fond of primaries, neons, colorways that are all or primarily blue, or overly pastel.

12) What would you like to do with your handspun yarn, or what do you plan to do with it? (pattern clarification here) I’m a stasher, so it rarely gets used right off, but when used I make a lot of hats, gloves, and socks. Occasionally a scarf or two if the colorway seems to invite it. I’ve made one handspun sweater, but that was half a pound of natural colored spinning where I proccessed all the fiber from completely raw…so we’re taking a breather on that for now. I don’t ‘do’ vests.

13) What spinning projects are you currently working on? I’m handcombing some fine wool (Very Slowly) and spinning it tight and fine for some gloves. I’ve got some Lorna’s Laces top on the bobbin, working on the second of three plies for…who knows what. Something. (Color is ‘uptown’ if you’d like to look). Also getting through some Merino/tencel blend I got at the Maine Fiber Frolic handpainted in all sorts of lovely Van Gough sunset colors that I’m going to ply up randomly. Next I’m sort of wanting to spin up this Merino/Babydoll Southdown cross roving I got at the Frolic. It’s amazingly cushy and bouncy and soft.

14) Do you have a wishlist? Only in my head. =)

15) What are your other favorite hobbies? I knit and bake and read go mountain biking when the mood hits me. I proccess my own fiber, which isn’t quite spinning, but is fun and rewarding all the same.

16) Do you have any allergies (pet, smoke, food, fiber,etc…)? I do not.

17) What is your preferred shipping method (USPS, UPS, FedEx)? If it gets to me, I am happy. Though I /do/ love me some good detailed tracking information.

Questions/comments, leave an (anonymous, if you like) comment. It’ll be read and responded to. =)