January 2006

Yes, I’m still here. Not much new, fiber-wise, though. I spent last Thursday evening plying and spinning more alien yarn.

Last Friday was the Colin Meloy/Laura Veirs concert* (with John Wesley Harding as a special guest for the rock versions of a few old ballads, including Barbara Allen)–many thanks to whichever performer requested that there be no smoking. I was pleasantly surprised, when I started up the stairs to the balcony, to hear Alisa call my name. So, instead of just having my knitting for company, I got to talk to Alisa, her twin Rebecca, and their SOs. The knitting was good, though; I made some real progress on the second felted bowl.

Saturday was grocery shopping and some cleaning, until I lost focus and started spinning more alien yarn. I wound up staying up way too late finishing plying the last skein, because I knew I was going to see Jill on Sunday. And then I got hungry, and had some carrots and hummus for a late-night snack. Oops. I’m not sure which, but one of those made me ill, necessitating cancellation of the PhillyKnitters gathering I was cleaning for. Still, I got Jill to come over for a little while, so I could give her this:


(Okay, I gave her that plus an extra skein that was still drying when I took the picture. All told, probably just under 200 yards of fingering-to-sport.) It was really good for me to spin for someone who doesn’t knit with laceweight yarn. Extra motivation to make the singles as thick as possible, always good.

Anj has told me that it’s easier to spin heavier yarn on a wheel than on a drop spindle. Do any of the rest of you have opinions on that? I’m certainly hoping she’s right. Much as I like knitting with fingering-weight yarn, I really do want to be able to spin worsted-weight eventually… Until I get a wheel, though, I ought to get something else onto my now-empty spindle.



I’ve spent the last several days not knitting. I hope to make up for that tomorrow (at Anj‘s), but I do have a few other things to tell you about.

First of all, I spent nearly all of Saturday singing shape-notes at the annual Keystone State convention. We arrived at 10:30am and left a little after 4pm. There were a couple of short breaks, and a potluck lunch for which I brought brownies, but the rest of the day was singing. My voice is still recovering… And then I spent five hours at the mall on Sunday. No, I couldn’t believe it either, and the only way I lasted more than about twenty minutes was because I had a guide who reassured me when I was about ready to run and hide in a quiet corner (not that such things really exist in a giant mall). When I got home from that, I made another batch of brownies and a potful of soba noodle stirfry. I didn’t do anything interesting the last couple of nights, but I made a third batch of basically the same brownies tonight, along with a similar soba dish. Recipes and discussion are in the extended entry.



There are now such things as light-up knitting needles. (My reasons for not wanting them? First, they’re straights. Second, they’re way too bulky for their suggested purpose of theater-knitting. I’ll stick to socks, or a scarf on a short circ, for the occasions when I knit in a theater.)

How I’m feeling:


A small part of why I’m feeling like that:


More when my weekend sleep time is up over 4.5h.

I think this makes me certifiably insane…I’ve been tired all week, I have tons of housework to do, and what do I do? I stay up ’til almost 2, spinning.


Note to self: 100 yards of heavier-than-laceweight doesn’t really fit on the spindle.

For those who are curious: I have no real Jaywalker progress. I started knitting the second one on two 2.75mm inox circs, but that was way too big. Any day now, I’ll try again with the 2.5mm ones, and go from there.


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