Sunday, September 10, 2006

Incredible People

It astounds me still at all the people that read my blog. I mean, I am not anyone famous, I don't have an interesting life, I don't make a lot of noise! So when I find that there are a few of you that check in regularly to see what I've written, I am humbled-- and embarrassed when I am not posting anything for some time!

But I seem to be running all the time, and not getting anywhere. Does that happen to others? I am not sure if I am getting older, and slower, or that someone has wound up the clock too much and it's running fast. I don't seem to accomplish very much these days. It could also be that I am being lazy and not attempting to do much either! It's been a great summer; winter will be here in a few weeks, so maybe I will get more done if I stay indoors during the bitter cold!

In one post in the recent past, I made mention of the fact that I have quite a large stash. You may remember that one. One of my readers, obviously feeling some compassion, wrote to me telling me that she also has some White Buffalo wheels, and didn't really know what to do with it. I really don't know if she actually took note of the size of my stash, because I have no idea what was in her mind when she asked if I wanted her stash of White Buffalo!! Did she think they wanted company? Did she think I wouldn't really notice if there were a few more wheels? At any rate, she offered me her numerous wheels -- in a teal and light green -- colours I don't have. Well, what could I do??

They arrived about 2 days before I was going to visit Mom for her 77th birthday. They were a welcome surprise when it arrived, and I was very pleased with the colours. The light green is not something that I would have bought myself, but it is quite a nice shade, nonetheless. I quickly separated the strands, and wound them into balls. I took my favourite CD spindle and several of these balls with me on the long, long 15-hour bus trip through the flat prairie. I tend to travel at night (there are fewer stops then) and hopefully I would be asleep through much of it. In case I was awake, I would so some spinning!

As it was, I didn't do much on the way out, so it didn't get spun up. But during the couple days I was at Mom's, I did spin some of the light green, and did a 3-ply skein of 4 oz. There were times that we were just chatting, and I was spinning. It took about 2 hours for one bobbin; 6 hours for the skein plus some plying time. It's quite nice, actually! And I spun the teal too, and also did a 4 oz skein of 3-ply. I like the 3-ply because it is a rounder yarn, and these were quite fine, so it works quite well. I'm not sure yet where I will use these, but that doesn't stop me!! I may give it away to someone, or I may make something out if them. They go together well.

So thank you, Monika, for sending this out to me! I am truly amazed that you would do that for me, someone you don't know, from across the country! Fibre-people are truly wonderful! I will see if there is "something I don't need" in my stash (LOL), and offer it to you. Or I may just give something to someone else, and pass it along in the same spirit you gave it to me.


Knittingboykit said...

So can you elaborate on how you spen it/ Did you separate the strands and spin it and then ply it for the 3-ply? I'm asking because I recently acquired some (thanks to you!!--we made a fun trade for it!) and I'm thinking of using it to teach my son to spin--he loves the wheel, but can't really draft for beans, so it seemed like a plan. What do you think?

Karen said...

That's exactly how I have been feeling lately. I seem to be doing something all the time but don't accomplish much. I'm not sure what my problem is.

Your spinning looks wonderful!

Jason said...

I wish I could watch you spin. The yarn looks so good!

GoodKnit said...

I find it amazing too that people actually come to my blog and read it. I often feel a bit like a voyeur reading someones blog.

I love yarn you spun. My passion is knitting, but I can't spin to save my life (believe me I've tried).

FiberQat said...

We check in on you to make sure you're doing okay and that a tornado hasn't taken you on an unwanted joyride. Not to mention that you're just a nice guy too!

I'm interested in how you spun the WB. I have some and would like to use it for practice on a handspindle. How heavy a spindle did you use?