Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I'm Ba-a-a-ack!

Okay, so I didn't realize how long since I have posted to my blog. But I haven't been away, just busy. You know how it is, you get things working on on a few things, time just goes by, and suddenly it's months later.

I have been knitting, and will post a few pics of some of the things I made. I also have been spinning, and have used up most of my fibre. I do have one bundle of lovely combed top, which I am not sure how to spin, so it is waiting. I did spin up another bundle in the same colourway previously, trying to separate out all the different colours, and then plying them back in different combinations, but nothing was quite what I liked. So it needs to wait until it decides how it should be finished.

The other night, as I got into bed, I heard a crashing in the other room! I got up to take a look, and found a pile of boxes had fallen into my one open working area but couldn't really see where they had come from! And then noticed one of my towers of boxes had fallen over -- it was bound to happen since it was slightly on an angle -- but I didn't want to deal with it then. In the morning, I got up and decided I had to clear it up before I could get to work on anything. In the process, I found many of the scarves I had woven so many years ago. They had price tags on them, from the time I was selling them at some sales. I packed them up into boxes once more! It was nice to see them again, and remember that I did good work back then.

I also found that a couple of boxes had cones of yarn on them! Some were huge cones, of very fine yarn. I don't know when I will ever use them up, unless I get back into weaving. Knitting would last a lifetime, I'm sure. Not sure yet what I will do with those.

But the greatest find was a box with huge bags of fibre in them. I could just barely make out the writing on the outside of the bag -- 1 lb alpaca. Wow! I was just saying that I wanted some alpaca, and here it is. Amazing how the Universe provides when you ask properly! I guess I had purchased these so very long ago, put them away (as I do with most things) and promptly forgot about them. There is a rusty grey/brown, a mottled silver/grey and a white. This is raw fleece, very dusty, what I saw had a lot of VM in it. I combed and spun a bit of it last night, and will continue to do more. I am spinning it fine, but would like a thicker yarn. I'm going to have to try very hard to spin it thicker, but it just wants to be this fine! Really, it does. After I ply it, I'll see how it looks, and may use it just as it is for something. I'm trying very hard not to put much twist into it.

I do want to do some very thick cowls, but I really don't think I will be able to spin yarn that thick. I just can't do it! I may have to combine it with some other yarns to make a bulky yarn that way.

The main reason I haven't posted here much is that I don't have internet at home anymore. Late in the summer, the cable company I was with (Shaw), had a fire in their office complex. After that, connection with them was very sporadic and intermittent. Eventually, it just stopped. When I went down to their office, they told me everything is working fine. Except I know it was not. And that was the end of that. I paid for the month of August and only got a few days out of it, and never heard from them since.

I've been trying to get internet only (without telephone service) with Telus, another provider here. But they have high connection fees, or something, and after paying over $900, I still don't have anything. I keep on trying, and I won't pay any more money to them, so I think we've reached an impasse. Of course, they have the controls, so there isn't much I can do until they deem me worthy of their over-priced services! I don't know where this will end. That money may just be lost now.

It's been bitterly cold here for the last few weeks. Winter came early this year, and hard. Although this is Canada, and I have seen winters with a lot of snow before, this time it seems to be much harder to bear. Perhaps I am older, or perhaps the winters are much more severe. It's a good time to stay indoors, and knit. Which I will do. I will attempt to get some pics posted in the next few days to show you what I have been up to lately.

I just realized that this is my anniversary day! I started blogging this date in 2005. Wow -- nine years! Doesn't seem that long, and I've got nothing so show for it! :-)