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an update

December 18, 2022

I started spinning this silk in June 2022

finished – 260 grams of 2 ply – singles on the little Turkish spindle and then plied on the wheel

  final (hopefully!) shopping on Thursday – it was insane (after I found a parking place)

my last stop was my favorite fibre store, to get something to spin while I sit by the fire in the evenings

I was tired and couldn’t find the fibre I wanted so just took a 250 gram bag of Cotswold wool

I should have looked at it more carefully – it is very greasy, matted and really full of straw and “stuff”

the worst spinning fibre I have worked with in years and it wasn’t cheap

the saying is ” don’t shop for food when you are hungry”  – so, don’t shop for fibre when you are tired

 now after picking through and teasing open the locks  – then repeatedly hand carding small batches

one small skein is plied and washed – it will keep me busy (not always happily) for quite some time

the little pot is an ikibana flower cup (my favorite colour) from local Rainforest Pottery in Parksville – day 7 of the advent parcels

day 3 is the graphic novel Shadow Life by Japanese Canadian Hiromi Goto with the drawings by Ann Xu

it is “a look at aging and all the joys and disappointments of a life fully lived”

daughter-in-law was very brave giving her aging mother-in law a book on aging – but – it was on my reading list

and I hadn’t been able to find it in town so was delighted

although it can be sad and disturbing it is also very funny in places and I haven’t laughed so hard in weeks

I think it depends on how an individual is approaching aging

day 4 is chocolate covered popcorn and day 5 a large bottle of Mexican natural vanilla (excellent)

and now I’m off to card some dirty wool





























































14 Comments leave one →
  1. vdbolyard permalink
    December 22, 2022 5:06 am

    it’s like the lights went on–staed looking at blogs and here you are, so sweet!


    • December 22, 2022 10:51 am

      Velma – yes, I’m still here. Welcome back. Hope all is well with you.


      • vdbolyard permalink
        December 22, 2022 10:56 am

        lovely to actually remember the blog world. guess i’m sick and tired of podcasts and facebook and instagram, though at tleast that one is pretty. sort of. my newish computer has deleted your email address, and i’d love for you to email me so i can reply–i have a question for you!


      • December 23, 2022 10:55 am

        Velma – I am not a fan of Facebook, have never got hooked on podcasts and only the grandchildren use instagram. Sending my email.


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 19, 2022 12:00 pm

    That wool must be so annoying! I think I might have just thrown it on the compost heap! I hope the gifts from your DinL help.


    • December 19, 2022 12:54 pm

      Sue – very annoying but I wanted something to keep me busy and it will definitely do that. Besides it was expensive and when you sell things nobody cares if it is handspun and natural dyed or store bought. They want it for a price that is less than the raw, unspun fibre.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 20, 2022 9:20 am

        Hand crafts are seriously undervalued


      • December 20, 2022 9:47 am

        Sue – I usually do quite well at studio tours because people can see the work that goes into things and the amount of equipment and space I have.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. December 19, 2022 6:12 am

    Drat about the dirty wool! I am glad your furnace was fixed in time for the SNOW, so you and the bears can keep warm there up the hill!


    • December 19, 2022 1:33 pm

      Kjerstin – I don’t have a furnace just a gas fireplace and thank you, it is lovely to have it especially in the evenings when I’m spinning the nasty wool.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Kathy permalink
    December 19, 2022 6:00 am

    I am so happy you are enjoying the book. My book club is discussing Shadow Life next month and I thoroughly enjoyed it. As I read it I was pretty certain you would enjoy it as well. ❤️


  5. December 19, 2022 4:32 am

    Oooh, chocolate popcorn! Envy…


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