Thursday, October 4, 2007

Busy, busy, busy . . . .

Yessiree, been pretty busy around here lately. I been doing some spinning almost every night.

I pulled out all the green rovings from the Dragon Waste I bought at OFFF. I bought it intending to use it for learning purposes, but I do like all the colors.

"Yo, mom, remember me?"

Then I practiced plying. I definitely need a lesson on Navajo plying, I made a ginormous mess of that and had to just it off and throw it away. I did a lot better at Andean plying, see?

The more I spin, the more even my singles are, both in diameter and in the amount of twist. But even if this is as fine as my singles ever get, I'll be happy. I can two-ply them into something akin to sock yarn, a three ply is pretty close to sports yarn, and my four-ply is like worsted.

Maybe I'll save all my learning yarns and knit them into a shawl. Even though I separated the colors, there are little bits of the other colors in each roving; I like how each of the yarns has come out with little blings of the other color fibers. These first handspuns would make a nice everyday shawl since they're all superwash; it would be nice to have one that can just be thrown in the washer and dryer without blocking every time.

"Don't bother getting up, mom. I'll get my own dinner."

I got a call from one of the legal assistants from the old office earlier this week. She went with one of the attorneys to open a private practice after the office closed. Now, she's going back east for her son's wedding next week and needs me to cover for her while she's gone. I'm looking forward to it; I like working for that attorney occasionally, plus she's a knitter.

Then, on the same day, I got a call from one of the attorneys I had interviewed for a couple weeks ago. Last time, I travelled into downtown to meet him. This time, he came out to the west side, so we met at Starbucks. We talked for almost 2 hours, and reached an agreement for employment. I'll start at his office the day after I finish temping for my friend.

By way of celebration, I bought a slick new coffee/tea set and new place mats for the dining room. I'm a real big spender, huh?

Yes, they're upside down, drying on a towel. I've had my eye on this for awhile. Brushed stainless steel and borosilicate glass. And the pot has a french press for coffee.

The newly spun yarn loves reclining on the placemats and snuggling up next to the new cups. See that little brown ball there next to the yarn? That was the icing on the cake. It's called "blossoming tea". It's a little ball made of tea leaves and flowers and fruit rind, hand stitched with silk thread in china. Which, when put in a clear pot and covered with hot water, does this:

Now, that's a way to celebrate! Beats a Starbucks in a paper cup any day!


  1. Wow, that tea is awesome! Where do you get that?
    Also, congrats on the job :) and yeay on getting to temp with one of the old office crew for a bit :)

  2. Yes, please tell us where to get those blossoming tea balls. What perfect Christmas gifts!! And hooray on the job! The tea set is perfect celabratory bling!

  3. Oh that's so beautiful!

    And I can't believe I stood and yammered with you for a full 20 minutes and FORGOT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS!!!



  4. congratulations on the new job!!!!!! and that tea is one of the coolest things i've ever seen.

  5. Congratulations! You go girl! Seriously, that's just awesome.

    OK... where did the tea come from? I must have some of that. MUST have!

  6. Cool tea flower blossom. I thought you said you were learning to spin, that yarn you made is fabulous. I'd say our way past "learning" and well onto "mastering".

    Congratulations on your new job, I bet it feels great!


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