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I’m actually excited about Kid’s Camp now. Yay for me.

And here are those pictures of my feeble spinning-endeavors:

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Just a bit. Three small hanks tonight, in fact. I do mean small, too: 36 yards, 22 yards and 20 yards. Pretty pinky-shades because I have a tone of pinkish-peach-etc. fiber from an Ugly Batt that I ordered on a whim some time ago. I will post pictures, I hope, soon, but right now they’re hanging in the shower, blocking.

I’d take pictures of the hanks hanging out in the shower, but really, it’s not pretty in my shower. Oh. I mean. That makes it sound like I have algae growing in my bathroom or something. I don’t. It’s just a shower with your usual shower features–simply doesn’t do the yarn justice.

My arms are quite sore from all the spinning–36 yards may not seem like much. Certainly not 20 or 22. But when you’ve spun them all in a matter of 2 hours (some of the singles were previously spun)…

Let’s see. Nothing new on the homefront. No pictures because I’m a lazy sort, too.

I apologize for my apparent hiatus from (most of) the cyber world. My reason is not so exciting as KnitLuck’s. Really, the picture at the bottom of the blog says it all–congrats to you, Angela!!

I’ve been doing a lot of spinning–some with my handmade/gift spindle and some with my new (and shiny!) spindle made by the woman behind Butterfly Girl Designs. . . this is my pretty new spindle, which is much prettier, shinier and awesome in the flesh. Er. Stone.

Another reason for my disappearance? Well. That silly little etsy shop seems to have attracted the attentions of an editor at Lark Books. It might be small, and it might prove to be a dead end–but I, along with some other indie designers, were invited to submit designs. Specifically, cowls, capelets and collars. This is a little taste of what I came up with:

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Unfortunately, I am short and stubby and my neck is no different. I’m wondering if these are worth submitting; even moreso, I wonder if its worth trying to rewrite the patterns, perfecting it, etc. before June 12th. You see–I only found out about this opportunity¬† a few weeks ago, with the given deadline of June 12th. I have one pattern written, notes (illegible notes!) written for the others… but I certainly have no time for a test-knit. Any pointers, opinions or otherwise (the good, the bad and the ugly, really!) would be great in regards to these little knit-endeavors.

Never mind that. I suppose I can find some use for my little diddly-doos. Meanwhile? I’ll keep on going as I tend to go: slowly, diligently and sometimes a bit haphazardly.

It seems to work for me.

Usually.

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!!)

Two hanks and one little bit of yarn that is still blocking… yes, I blocked my first yarn:

blocking: after wetting the yarn and gently squeezing out the excess water, I hung the yarn on hangers overnight...

blocking: after wetting the yarn and gently squeezing out the excess water, I hung the yarn on hangers overnight...

I hanked two of them (a two ply blue/black 16 yd. skein and one 9 yd. 3 ply 2 blue/1 black):

My little bitty hanks, side by side--3 ply on right, 2 ply on left.

My little bitty hanks, side by side--3 ply on right, 2 ply on left.

And that is about it, folks. I’m knitting for a change and then I’m going to read and write about all this fiber stuff.

My first "real" yarn on the drop spindle--3 ply, 1 strand black, two blue

My first "real" yarn on the drop spindle--3 ply, 1 strand black, two blue

and then the merino i saved--i know they say it's not a beginner yarn, but i did it anyway!

and then the merino i saved--i know they say it's not a beginner yarn, but i did it anyway!

Here’s to hoping I can keep up with blondechicken’s April challenge…

blondechicken says,

I love challenges that force you to become more aware of these every day moments and how you spend them. Art Every Day, NaNoWriMo, NaKniSweMo: they all make you think about how you spend your time and how you can work a bit more art, writing and knitting into your daily habits.

I like this idea, too, and so I’m partaking–as a member of the rav-group and also in my everyday life. It’s going to be a great writerly challenge, too: if I can gather one blip of a fact, minimum, everyday in April–well, that should prove a bit helpful in my new spin-write whim, right??

So. Here’s my pledge: post the fact, or the lesson learned, everyday on the blog here. Post the picture of spinning progress here, on ravelry, as a twit-pic or else on Flickr. Oh. Yeah. And spin, spin, spin, too!

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