Spinning as fast as I can

March 11th will be my fourth blogiversary which started life as a blogspo, moved to wordpress 16 months later. Strange,  it feels as though it’s been much longer than four years. I should do something to celebrate but right now my plate is so full that I dare not add even a simple contest to it for fear of dropping it all. Splat, mental meltdown.

I’ve backed off from Ravelry except to keep my eye on a couple of forums and weigh in periodically at  Limegreenjelly and the 800 Yard Race (I call it a Challenge, with a spindle I’m not racing!). That is most spare-time consuming. I’m slowly but surely spinning away the 98g with the goal of  2-ply 800 yards. Averaging about 60wpi on spindles is slow going, for me. Some point  in the early days I timed the length of time for me to spin a full gram. It took an hour! I almost gave up.

Do you know how much fiber there is in a gram? A gram is 1/28 of an ounce. It takes 3 grams to make 0.1 ounce. 98 grams is 6 grams shy of 4 ounces. Doesn’t look like much in a neat coiled braid. In my predictably rash way of underestimating how long stuff takes me, I thought it’d take just a couple weeks to spin those 4 ounces.  Why do I forget that life gets in the way? That I’m a methodically slow worker, bordering on obsessive compulsive.  Take winding on: I love watching the yarn neatly lining up in a  way that shows off the colors of the yarn. 

Twice the kuchulu has born its weight in singles. The first one I wound off onto the niddy-noddy to be certain I was on target to spinning 1600 yards. 12 grams totalled 266 yards of singles. Ed willingly consented to holding the niddy-noddy as I wound off the singles onto an empty tissue paper roll. Little did he know how long that would take!  The second full kuchulu was joined to the fluffed end hanging from the tp roll and spun to make a good join. Taking the shaft out of the spindle but leaving the singles on the crossbars made winding the tp roll relatively quick work while watching a movie last night.

Moving slowly but surely along there are over 65 grams spun. From an hour per gram it’s now taking about half that time,  decent headway in my lace-weight spinning ability. I’m not sure I’ll make the April first deadline, really, it’s looking doubtful especially since the Mandolin Magazine proofs will be delivered tomorrow and Crooked Finger will be playing at a St Patrick’s gig in Milwaukee (Ore.) this Saturday.

Last Saturday was so warm and the ground perfect, a neighbor friend came over with his small tractor and tilled up the garden plot. We’ve bought seed potatoes, peas, carrot, spinach and beet seeds. By the time I’d gotten the yard mowed and Ed cut up the holly tree he’d cut down the day before it was too late to plant. Probably a good thing since today has been mostly sun with clouds and snow! From 65 on Saturday down to freezing today.

The neighbors asked Ed if he’d like to finish cutting down their holly tree which they’d previously had pruned way back to the trunk. This holly is going to make some stunning spindles once it’s dried and cured.See that mark in the center of the facing chunk?

Isn’t that a beautiful surprise.