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Our little winter rainstorm turned into 2 inches of snow overnight. The cats get really excited when snow happens, and there is a lot of running from window to window and meowing at the white outside world. And then of course, there is feline snoring next to the wood stove. We’re glad for the water, however it is falling.

Inclement weather is a good excuse for spinning and this week I did up most of a Sheep to Shoe kit from Blue Moon Fiber Arts.  I really like these Blue Moon kits. The fiber preparation is wonderful and the colors are really nice. This one has been stashed for quite a while and it was a real treat to bust it out of the bin and spin it up.

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I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my spinning and spin yarn to use for specific projects.  I wanted a nice tight 3 ply sock yarn with this one, and I didn’t really get one. I read that you want to overspin your singles a little and then overply the yarn a bit as well. I really thought I had it, it was definitely unbalanced in the too-tight right way after I plied, but not so much after washing and setting the twist. It’s a fine line. You don’t want your yarn to disintegrate on the first wearing, but you don’t want to spin it into twine, either.

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Speaking of intentional spins, I’ve got 8 oz of Funky Carolina Falkland top on the wheel now. Being more than a little torqued about the inconsistencies in the yarn I just made, I thought I’d do another round and try to do it better. I did a little research first, and apparently Falkland is really good for socks.

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Very grateful that the Captain does not require his socks and caps to be particularly understated or “manly” in hue. In fact he prefers the bright blues and greens and purples. No dull colors for him, no thanks.

Does anyone else feel like Facebook has essentially gutted the blog world? I’m really glad I don’t have internet at my house. It makes me seek out content that is more substantial in the limited internet time I have. I miss the conversations that center around blogging. The “like” button has not done good things for social media.

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Between One Word orders, designing new packaging and trying to knock out my year-end inventory stuff for taxes, it’s been a full week in the studio. But that doesn’t mean I forgot about stashbusting!

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Superwash Corriedale from Funky Carolina in “Fly Away”

This might wind up getting knit as a hat for my Dad’s birthday. I haven’t decided. I probably should decide soon though, since his birthday is almost here. There’s great whack of sock knitting happening as well. Living somewhere that requires socks makes one remember that one prefers handknit socks over just about any other option.

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All of the fiber has moved under the A-frame eves of our bedroom this week, which makes me glad I decided to pare it down a bit. We have decided to get rid of our storage unit in town, so everything is moving up to the cabin (or going to the dump, by way of Mom’s garage.)

I may have put my foot down about Captain Sexypants’s stash of scrap lumber, which I don’t think belongs in the bedroom.

Wool probably doesn’t belong in the bedroom either, but it’s prettier.

I have always had a fundamental objection to storage units, feeling like there’s really no point in spending money to store things you aren’t using. Just get rid of them! Are there other countries in the world where it’s considered normal to pay for space to store the things one paid for but doesn’t need? Or is that a strictly American invention? Whatever it is, I think we’re both finding this to be a little difficult. Lots of stuff in there that we weren’t ready to deal with or let go of just yet – stuff from our single lives like extra toasters and chef’s knives – and All The Books that we still haven’t got room for in the tiny cabin.  We pay lip service to tiny house living and simplifying and all that – and now there is an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is. I’m glad to be rid of it all. Even if it means that we are must hotly debate the merits of wool vs. scrap lumber as bedroom décor.

It occurs to me that I might kill two birds with one stone if I beg the Cap to turn the lumber into bookshelves for all the extra books.

Perhaps he’ll accept payment in handspun socks.

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I find it particularly difficult to spin in warm weather, and since we don’t really utilize our air conditioner unless things are dire, it’s just now cool and dry enough to spin without having wool fibers stuck to my sweaty hands. Last night I lubed up the Kromski, went through my many bins of fiber and pulled out several projects worth to work on over my upcoming school break. I’m aiming for some sock yarn, so to that end I tried to find complimentary colorways to blend into interesting combinations.

Funky Carolina handspun "Crocus"

I started off with some Rambouillet from Funky Carolina (a fiber club offering from last spring) and plan to ply that against a merino/silk blend (also from Funky) that’s a really lovely bright springy greeny yellow. I adore Funky Carolina, her colorways and fiber choices are always really inspired, beautifully prepared and a joy to spin. She’ll still be doing her Etsy store, but says she is taking a break from the subscriptions for a while. I’ll definitely be watching to see when she picks it back up.

My goal is to spin for at least 10 minutes per day. I joined a very inspiring Ravelry group, to that end. It really is amazing how much you can spin up if you just do a little bit at a time. It is also endlessly amusing to watch the kittens, who are transfixed by the spinning wheel as it goes round and round.

Since there is about to be a new influx of fiber into the Big Bowl O Handspun Yarn, I figured I probably should use some of the old handspun in actual projects. I suppose there’s this part of me that doesn’t want to use yarn unless it is “perfect” but what that leaves me with is a lot of handspun I’m not using. Because I’m so, so, so not perfect. I’m just flyering by the seat of my pants, right? I’m trying to get over myself and use it up.

So I started another one of those “Noro” scarves that everyone is knitting up. Only this one isn’t Noro. It’s my handspun. And I could NOT be happier with it. I love how it feels, how it is knitting up into a squooshy fabric and blooming… oh it’s wonderful to use something I made!

Handspun "noro" scarf handspun scarf detail

How gorgeous is that, right? I love the color variations, even in the mostly solid colorway. It’s a blend of different fibers, wool, alpaca, silk, and some glitz. What fun!

And then #1 Daughter requested one of those silly little cowl/neckwarmer things that I’ve been turning out, and she asked me to make it for her in some bright orange handspun that I was despairing of ever finding a use for.

Handspun cowl

I like this idea of making actual warm and useful things, not just stashing the skeins in a big bowl on the mantel! And nowhere in the concept of “actually warm and useful” does it say “perfect.”

Sold.

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