Spinning, one more time

I got very frustrated with spinning, mostly because it was defeating me.  After speaking with a friend, I made a few tweaks and tried one more time.  Success!

Far from perfect but not too damn bad.  I had about decided that I didn’t want a wheel, that I didn’t want to learn about plying, that I was better off not adding more crap to take up space around the house.  I think I’ll keep at it a little while longer before I make any definite decisions, but signs are pointing to more crap to take up space around the house.  Starting with fiber because I used it all up. Time to surf etsy or some such and order some.

In the meantime, I have cleaning to do a warp to wind.

Exciting month

It’s been an eventful month around here.  I’ll start by saying that I don’t go to the doctor very often.  A couple of years ago, I thought I’d got bitten by a spider and I did go to the doctor.  That turned out to be a staph infection, the nasty kind that they tested for MRSA.   I got a bump this month so went to the doc to make sure it wasn’t another staph infection.  It wasn’t, it was a bug bite.  Then I got something like the flu.  Again, don’t go to doctors but a week and a half later, my throat was still kind of sore so I broke down and went.  I got some antibiotics for that.  Two days later, I got food poisoning.  Thought. I. Was. Dying!  Went to the emergency room at 10 at night.  About 5 minutes after I walk in the door, I’m feeling fine.  They gave me a prescription for nausea pills to fill the next morning.  I really thought I’d gotten it all out of my system and went home.  Middle of the night, woke up sick again.  The Man went to the store and filled the prescription as soon as the pharmacy opened.  The meds didn’t help.  I finally asked him to take me back to the ER.  Walk in the door, 5 minutes later, I’m feeling much better.  This time they didn’t let me just go home.  I got morphine and nausea meds in an IV, and my very first cat scan.  Fun stuff!  For someone who doesn’t go to the doctor, I went 4 times in the last 3 weeks.  I could go the rest of my life without food poisoning though, I’ll tell you that.

My daughter and her friend came for a visit and yesterday, we went to The Ellen Show.  So much fun!  It was Mama’s birthday show and we came home with some cool prizes.  A Kindle, Flip Ultra HD, an underwater case for the Flip, $75 gift card to CVS, a Motorola navigation system, a Weezer cd, and a 3 night stay at one of 900 hotels.  We also got a piece of birthday cake.

The shawl is still on the needles.  The loom is naked. And I haven’t done much spinning.  The rubber band on the tension broke and I tried to replace it with one I had around here, but I don’t think it’s the right size.  The person from the guild called (right before I started puking my guts up) and told me that I could keep the wheel another month so I may take her up on that offer.  I’ve bought the ouchless hairbands to replace the rubber band, just haven’t had a chance to put it on and try it out yet.

Because you always need more towels

If I keep making towels, I’m going to have to start getting rid of the purchased ones.  Or I could stop being selfish and give some away.  As far as feel goes, these are my favorite towels so far.  They’re thin but dry the hands, and dishes, quick and easily.  I like the smooshy-ness of waffle weave too so plan to make some waffle weave with the thinner yarn.

All 6 were on a warp of 10/2 mercerized cotton in white.  The wefts were, from left to right, a turquoise 20/2 unmercerized cotton, a multi colored 10/2 mercerized cotton, magenta 20/2 unmercerized, black 20/2 unmercerized, lavendar 20/2 unmercerized.  The top towel (which hasn’t been hemmed yet) in pale blue, pale green, and yellow were also 20/2 unmercerized.  I had originally planned to use only the green, blue, yellow, and black for them since I had already wound the yarn on bobbins for a shadow weave class.  The green, blue, and yellow all appeared too pale when I first tried them so switched to darker colors.  At the end, I didn’t care that they were too pale looking and used them anyway.  I was going to alternate the blue, green, and yellow all through the top towel but the yellow looks too glaring against the paler blue and green so, being too lazy to go back and cut the yellow out, I left them as… accent stripes.

I got a little bored so switched things up a little and made the lavender one striped instead of having squares.  The magenta one is also a little different, though it’s hard to see.

In the black, you can see the twill lines running in a diagonal.  In the magenta, I tried to zigzag the lines.  You can see more of the zigzag in the white than the magenta.  There was a little more warp on the loom so I used up the yellow on what was left.  I was planning on cutting it up and turning it into a few washclothes but they may be too thin for that.  We’ll see.

Before wet finishing – 19 x 30
After a cold bath and being hemmed- 17 x 25.  These will shrink more once I wash them in hot.
Lessons learned – 1/2″ hems are a bad idea.  Thicker is not necessarily better.

The in-laws were came on Thursday of last week.  They left Monday morning.  Monday afternoon, I started getting sick.  Talk about timing.  Yesterday I was aching all over, my throat felt like it was swelling shut, ran a small fever, and even felt sick at my stomach at times.  Today I’m still feeling it but not as bad as yesterday.  I took the day off work and am recouping on the couch in front of the boob tube.

Oh, and I lied in my last post.  I said there were 5 wedges done when there were only 4.  There actually are 5 now and I imagine it will be a total of 2 months on this one too.  I thought there were 5 towels instead of 6 too.