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So. It’s June. Wedding bells for a lot of people–thankfully not for me! But, in general, I appreciate love, and all that goes with it. The fact that I’m content with my singularity (Finally!!!) does not mean I don’t admire and appreciate those sorts who give it there all to someone else, commit and care for another being …

That’s why I’ve started listing these little angels:

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holding wedding bands with a love charm:

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That’s me, shouting across cyberspace, because I have been so very far away from the blogosphere, the echoes are bouncing off the walls in the dark little cave I’ve been hiding in. Oh, sure, I tweet here and there, but mostly? I putter about and knit, spin, read and write–all are endeavors that cause me to neglect you, dear reader.

Ah–Purly News:

  • A woman would like to sell our NeedleBooks in her Needlepoint shop in New York. She thinks they’d be handy to hold thread! How clever–hadn’t thought of that use…
  • I’m working on a cozy+mug=Mozey. This Mozey is manly and uses sock yarn for a great, versatile fit… that is not why it’s manly. It’s manly because of the earthy colorway.
  • I finished my sock! Now I need to start on its mate… oh boy!
  • Our shop has made some sales! That’s really exciting–have a look-see, I knit a bit, but the hot items are the cool knitting gear, etc. that my mother makes.

I think that is all. I don’t even have pictures!

Oh, I finished that yellow scarf. I hope to have pics up soon. It’s Gorgeous.

Books are great, when I have time to read….

If anyone has any suggestions toward the subject of spinning merino top, please let me know! I am quickly learning that a drop spindle could just as well be called a throw spindle when in my hands. Some fellow Ravelers were talking about this (well, they called it a “toss-spindle”–I’m not so kind to mine, maybe).

Spin, drop, spin, spin, drop, drop, drop.

They talk about finding a rhythm.

That would be my rhythm

(spin drop

drop spin…)

Syncopated for a little jazzy-snazzy variation on the theme.

I have come to the conclusion that learning to spin is not an endeavor for the faint of heart–in the sense that it takes much practice and much failure before one sees much improvement.

As for the writing: I am still doing that. I’ve given some thought to my fiction these past few days. Hours. Eh. Time is malleable. Oh, but the spin-subject plagues me. Right now, the subject could go so many different ways. If any of you dear readers have a particular burning curiosity that you would like me to follow up on, I’d appreciate any questions, comments, quips, quotes cares or concerns! (Ahem, Teabird, dear Ravelry friend… L, dear long-lost, hope-to-see-again-soon friend, my favorite commenters!!)

Research and writing outside one’s preferred genre is much like learning to spin on the drop-spindle, I find. I find myself gliding through lists of books, thinking, “helpful, helpful, not so helpful, must get, must find, helpful…” and then I hit a block. Somethat whole research thing. Thanks to those of you who have taken the poll– (if you haven’t clicked–click! Please! [post below])

What I’ve found, from the results is that

  1. People who come here probably like yarn. Me too!
  2. People who come here are probably a bit obsessed with yarn and fiber. Me too!
  3. 25% of those who took my poll are more experienced spinners.
  4. 75% of those who took the poll are spinning–but only beginning.

Swing the vote! It’s super helpful in my research–which is slowing because of several things (another handy list):

  1. Good news: Spinning in America (the history, tradition and revival thereof) seems a fairly untouched topic.
  2. Bad News: Spinning in America (the history, tradition and revival thereof) seems a fairly untouched topic.
  3. Articles I’ve found in academic spheres and research databases tend to be concerned with broader topics: Industrial Revolution, factory life, colonial struggles.
  4. Articles/Books like to talk about everywhere but here and now: Macedonia, Ancient Greece, Europe…South America. Nothing much about the lovely U.S.–past OR present.

So what does this mean for my research? Well, like said, that’s good news: looks like I have free-range of the field and won’t infringe on some other writer/spinner’s brainchild. Bad news? looks like I have free-range of the field, which means a lot of digging–a lot of work. I’m a young writer, and I typically write fiction and poetry. If I delve into creative non-fiction it tends to be in the form of personal essay… Seems like I’m about to run a marathon when I’m accustomed to short jogs around the block.

img_59051 (click to see the mag’s website).

I’m finding Spin*Off to be a great resource for book reviews

I’ve begun working on a research project that aims to find out about contemporary spinning (spinning of fiber, that is). I’m interested in the history of spinning in America, and the current “wave” of spinning that is taking place.

And that is where you come in, dear reader! I would really appreciate a quick click on the poll–it’s the beginning of the sociological research I’m doing to find out about who’s spinning and why… look for more ways you can help out in the near(ish) future (if you would like to, that is).

Thanks so very much!

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The beautiful result of a trip to the LYS: Arucania sock yarn!

Ah! I told you I’d have pictures. And, yes, I have pictures. In fact, I’m importing them into my computer as we speak, then I’ll quickly crop and chop what needs be cropped and chopped, and then, my friend you will see the glorious (or not so) WIPs of the present moment.

Let’s see. We have a sock (shown on my arm; it would make a pretty armwarmer, though, wouldn’t it??). I’d show it to you on my foot, but I really hate my ankles cankles. sock: nearing the heel!!

And then there is the vest: a pink vest (that isn’t quite so pink in person).

Pink Vest: triple stranded with Cascade Pearls and two Moda Dea wool blends... loosely based on the Sloane Vest from YarnPlay.
The little person's sweater... so very simple, but so very sweet!

A little sweater for a little person–the back is finished, as you see here, but the front is not so.

The incorrectly pleated purse half.
img_5828And then a purse from Laura Irwin’s Boutique Knits. So, the pleating is correctly finished on the finished piece. The one still on the needles is only…well…half pleated. What thinks you, reader? To frog part of the incorrectly pleated piece or leave it?

Life’s funny. I’d been complaining that I was absolutely sick of being an unemployed college grad waiting to hear the verdict about grad school, waiting to get a job, waiting for life to begin. Life isn’t a waiting room, I complained, and I was tired of being more an observer, I wanted to be a contributor…

ENTER: My mother peeing at JoAnn’s Fabric & Crafts

She saw a sign advertising their need for knitting instructors. Knitting? Instructor? Knitting?

I jetted to the front counter where I immediately asked about the position. I was sent to the crafts room where I met the Director of Education…. and before I knew it, she was signing me up to knit at the Class Preview Day, and giving me several Knit 101 classes to teach.

This works wonderfully for me: I don’t have concrete hours from week to week, my work depends on, mostly, how much I want to do: I am, by nature, a self-starter, a bit the sort to lead, but I don’t mind following, either. This job will allow me to be the leader of my students, butI get the guidance of people who understand the business aspect of all of this better than I do.

Right now I’m working on samples of stuff to teach for the first few classes… someday I’ll have some pictures.  I am a woman of my word. Sometimes my word takes a detour, that’s all.

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