At 10 am today there will be a yarn update. It will be all Wickies! I hope you enjoy the new colors!
The next update will be Shoal. If you have any colors you want to see on that base drop me a line!
So I have been spinning a lot (and knitting too) with an attempt to become a better spinner. I combed some Corriedale fleece that looks like this:
It combs up beautifully into yummy top
At first I took some top and drum carded it along with some nylon. I spun a DK weight 14 wpi yarn. It is 3 ounces of Corriedale and 1 ounce of nylon of woolen yarn.
Next I want to spin a worsted yarn with the Corriedale. It is probably my weakest spinning method. I am not very good about not allowing twist into my drafting fiber. I have been trying really hard at shortish draw and not allowing twist to enter my draft. This is what I have so far.
But do you see how fuzzy it is! I am getting a bit discouraged. I might look into a spinning class or something to help. I do like spinning woolen and getting fluffy yarns, but I would like to be able to get a smooth worsted yarn as well. See you next week with hopefully some better spinning!
Sometimes I go through lulls where I feel uninspired. I really wanted to do the makenine2018 projects on Instagram, but I am a pretty slow knitter. So I decided to do a make spinnine2018. Now I will probably spin more than this, but these are my inspirations. Spins that I really really look forward to!
From left to right and top to down we have: InglenookFibres, Kid Mohair, Pigeonroof studios, Alpaca, Another InglenookFibres, Merino, Hedgehog Fibres, Corriedale, and JulieSpins. Whenever I am feeling a little blue I might take out some of that fiber and start to prep it. I do not have projects in mind, but they are fibers and colors that really speak to me! I already started combing the Corriedale (bottom middle). I have quite a lot of it washed and do not know how much I should comb.
I also really want to take a Masters Spinning class but cant seem to find one near me. I thought that it would be really neat and I would love to get some advice on how to improve my spinning. I started spinning like 12ish years ago and taught myself with youtube lol. I probably have some pretty bad habits! My biggest problem is I have a hard time spinning short draw worsted yarn. I usually end up with a semi-worsted. I am going to try to spin the Corriedale worsted as I think that will really lend to its shine and durability. I just need to be really careful not letting any spin into my drafting. I do like a short long draw usually with twist entering my draft, so all of my yarn ends up being woolen or semi-woolen. I want this to be perfectly worsted though! So onto the combing I go!
So last week I found out that my son only had three weeks of school left. In the beginning of the year I told myself I was going to knit my sons teacher and the TA hats...well that didn't happen...so it was a mad dash this past week!
First up I finished the Hinagiku Hat by 87knit on Ravelry. It was a pretty quick knit on Tender which is a non superwash merino. It is so soft and squishy! I used the color Lighthouse Grey.
Next up for my sons teacher is Jason's Cashmere Hat by Melissa Thomson on Ravelry. I used the color Kelp on Tender and knit it along with a lace weight alpaca that I hand dyed a dark green. It is so soft and plush.
I am on the fence about Tender. I really like this base. Being non superwash means it was not processed by chemicals. Also being that it is 19.5 micron means it is so soft. It is not like wool for felting that is rough. I would say it feels like a superwash yarn except it isn't! I think Woolfuls post on the chemicals and process that wool goes through to be superwash is super informative. I would check it out. That being said I talked to another indie dyer who once dyed non superwash but stopped because the demand just is not there. So while I love this base it is most likely going to be discontinued.
So I was on Instagram and I saw this cool way to dye roving. I do not remember who it was but it was AWESOME. You see prior to this I would dye each fiber separately and it would kind of take a long time. This way is sooo much faster!
its Awesome!! I cook all the colors in separate mason jars. Since I only dye enough for me to spin this makes it sooo easy! I dyed about 5 oz of merino, 1 oz of silk, and then blended it with maybe an ounce of natural grey alpaca to get this:
My one complaint is that I think I added too much grey but it is soft and pastel! I core spun it to make this:
I got about 75 yards total. Now I just need to make something with it!! I am thinking a cowl since I am not sure I have enough for a scarf. What do you think!
First up is the new color Party Pegasus, shown alongside Beach Party.
Party Pegasus is a pink base with loads neon speckles. I just love how it turned out. Next in the update is Cliffside Rose, a new purple Hecate and Pier.
Unfortunately I had to purchase more of the Wickies (BFL/Nylon) base to do this update, and since my last purchase the price of the undyed yarn has increased, so sadly these and future Wickies skeins will be priced to reflect that change.
I am planning another Wickies update in two weeks. Hopefully I can update every 2 weeks or so. If there is a color you want to see let me know! I am happy to be back dying and look forward to all the projects!
It has been a long time. I will try to condense it down to something that makes some sort of sense. Last year was really rough and in August we moved to New Hampshire. I thought when 2018 started for some reason life was going to change, but nothing happened. The calendar just rolled over. I was expecting rainbows and unicorns and what I got was just another day.
Between attempting to unpack boxes (which is still not done) and the part time job I picked up I lost a lot of enthusiasm for anything and everything. I got thrown into a new town, left my friends, got a part time job, and life just seemed to be down with no up in sight.
For a long time I just got up , got my son ready for school, went to work, made dinner, and went to bed. I hardly spun, knit, dyed, or did anything. Slowly I have been trying to get some enthusiasm back. Today I got some yarn in the mail to dye. Which I am really excited about.
I have also been on the hunt for a new lace to replace Catwalk. I have also been thinking of changing my brand name, since we moved from Little Compton to New Hampshire. Part of me likes the name and the hard work we put into it, but part of me just wants to kinda start over a little. I am hoping for an update in a month. It will be a Wickies update for sure. Hopefully I can shake this funk off and get back to doing things I enjoy.
Okay I know it is early, but I have already seen a number of posts on Ravelry about teams for this years Tour de Fleece. Every year I try to join a team and I am always lucky if I manage to spin one skein of yarn! lol. I just never have time in the summer when my son is home from school! So this year I am starting now! (so maybe I will finish a skein or two! by the end of July!)
First off I decided to pick out some of this great merino that I have left to lock spin.
It is 19 micron merino that is almost 6 inches in staple (drools). here a pick of a combed lock!
I can't even. I am starting this today and when this is done I am going to tackle the dyed roving bin (hopefully before July! Lol)
So while I have been keeping up with my walks/sprints/runs (because my son is not big into walking so our walks together are more like sprints, jogs, stops, etc) each week I have not noticed anything helping my weight, but I am going to keep trying, because that is all I can do. I did get some progress done on my current scarf
I started with Iris, then faded to Prism, then faded to a super bright Dive. I plan to make some changes and give this a go again with some Adrift. I would say it is coming along and about 3/4 done and I love rainbow so this is definitely a keeper for myself.
Also I do not know about you but I lose stitch markers like it is no ones business, now granted I think my son is collecting them, but I ran out. So I was using yarn as stitch markers, then I decided to make my own. Lol. So I made some donuts first.
These are galaxy donuts. My son is obsessed with the solar system. We are making paper mache planets and only have Jupiter and Saturn left (thank god). My son already took a few of these donuts when he thought I wasnt looking, so I do not have any for myself until I find out where he is hiding them. Lol.
I also made these spiral ones which I am using on my current project and these Unicorn ones. I would do some of it different if I made more, but at this time I now have stitch markers again! I am selling some sets since I thought it would be silly to cook only a few so I made a bunch at a time.
I am trying to be more positive although the lack of weight loss hasnt helped, but I keep telling myself things take time, but its the unknown of how long that is the hard part. Until next time.
I really do not know where to start, but beware this is going to be long. My husband and I have struggled with depression for years. Different depressions. As our son got older it became more obvious that he needed help. After trying a lot of things he decided to get ECT. I thought my depression was bad before, that it could not get worse, yet the ride that life has thrown at me these last two months has been....excruciating.
I guess the start was when my MIL moved in with us. She moved in to help take my husband to his appointments, which were a total of 3 hours away. Little did I know what else came with her stay. I would make breakfast of eggs and toast for my son in the morning and she would comment "my kids ate breakfast bars and cereal". okay. At dinner my son would want dessert and I would say "if you eat your dinner" and she would say "if you eat a few bites I am sure you can have dessert". okay. my son got sick so I made him his favorite soup to which she said 'you don't have to eat it if you don't like it". okay. I also got stories. You see she is a psychiatrist and at night she would tell me about her one patient that had a "dead beat husband who just stayed at home and took care of their disable son"...did you know that I am a stay at home mom and I do not have a disabled son? We watched shows together at night and one night I suggested a different show to which she pounded her fist onto the couch and said no. okay. then it came to a head when my son was pushing the boundaries too hard. This is what happened.
My son was pulling on my clothing (this had been going on for a while) at this point I was tired and had enough so I told him if he continued he would go on time out. So what does any 5 yr old do? Well he starts to pat my clothing. Not pulling. But I have had enough, so I put him on timeout to which he says "it's not fair, I didn't pull" and then my MIL decides this is the battle she wants to have. She tells me I am wrong, that I am going to just make things worse, that kids test boundaries and I need to deal with it or else I should have thought about it. She reprimands me while my husband just sits there (he was in treatments at this time so not all that with it). The next day I leave to take a break and my husband confronts his parents (his father had come up that day for my sons 5th birthday). Well when my husband confronts his parents about what happened he gets something like "well if she has a problem she can bring it up to me" from his mom and something along the lines that I am like his fathers crazy step mother. okay.
And just when things could not get worse they do. The next day it snows. We are supposed to get 6 inches of snow. My sons school is cancelled. The night before my MIL and I discussed that she would take my son to school and I would take my husband to his ECT, because she did not want to drive in the snow. Well the next day that all changed. She told me I had to do the "full Monty". She did not want to take my husband to the ECT in the snow or watch my son while I take my husband to his appointment and that I "would have to do it when she left anyways". Okay. So when we could use the help , when it is snowing and my son does not have school she can not help. Okay. So I do it. I take my husband, drop him off, take my son to the park, pick up my husband, drive back, shovel the deck, and plow the driveway. At this point I have had enough. I inform her that I can do it all, and she can take a break and go home. Well that went over well as you can imagine.
Over the next few days we keep our time together minimal as she stays at a hotel. Then she is leaving, and she scheduled me to take my husband up to his ECT and then the following day to his doctor, both days in the car for 3 hours with appointments WITH my 5 yr old son. Yeah no. He is so busy, he can play outside for 6 hours and not get tired. So no I am not going to drag him two days in a row, so I reschedule one of the appointments. Well this set her off telling me I did not care about my husband (I am the reason he is seeking help but...okay), that I am just a terrible person and as far as she cares I can rot. okay. The next day my husband and I move all her stuff outside on our porch. It literally took her to tell him , my son , and myself that we can rot to upset him enough that he has had enough. I had enough weeks ago.
Fast forward a few weeks and I get the late night call from my parents. My dad had a stroke. Well it turns out its not a stroke but his drinking over the years shrunk his cerebellum and well he got messed up. Welcome to the joys of my family. My mom is distraught about what she is going to do about the money (which turned out to be okay), and she is hysterical. The only person I can get information out of is her boyfriend. Well good thing he is around. Then I am stuck calling my dads work and his girlfriend to let them all know because my mom is off the edge. FUN. Well my dad is better and back to work and everything is good now, but for at least two weeks it was crazy town. It is about now I start to realize something.
No one is here for me. I was taking shit from my MIL, ferrying my husband up to his appointments, taking my son outside, cooking, cleaning, dealing with my crazy parents and I am just depressed. Not depressed to cry anymore. I don't care. All the problems I had prior, like my weight, lack of income success, being a terrible mother, not good at anything, ugly, and just plain not worth anything doesn't matter. No one is ever going to be there for me. No matter what I do. And if I don't start to try to be there for myself I don't know if I will make it. So today I am going to try to be there for myself. I am going to start running again. I wish I could have someone support me and hold me to it. Someone to run with me. Someone to tell me to keep it up. That someone right now needs to be me.
I will post a more upbeat post next week. Hopefully. But I just wanted to let anyone who wondered where I had gone and what was going on.