In which, I am an idiot.

You know how sometimes the simplest solutions are the ones that elude you the longest?

Well, I had a moment like that, after a week with no laptop. I was sitting around, being sad that I had no computer, and realized that I STILL HAVE MY OLD LAPTOP. And it works fine, it’s just a bit of a dinosaur. (And not a fast one like a velociraptor, we’re thinking Diplodocus here.) But beggars, as they say, cannot be choosers, and I am so grateful to have a working laptop that I could hug this old thing. So now I am also back to posting!!

I also have quite a few things stored up to share with you, but the first one is the most exciting, so we are going to start there. A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway. Β It was a lovely giveaway, from Tina of Peacefully Knitting. What I ended up with was about an ounce of this amazing eco-friendly fibre, in gorgeous colors, all set for spinning! The brand is Ottawa Valley Fiber Arts, and they take mill ends from industrial mills and repurpose them into spinning fibre for hand spinners! They are mostly wool, but can have any number of other things in them too, like silk or cashmere or alpaca or bamboo! Pretty cool huh? Here’s their etsy shop (link). When it arrived, I was just enormously charmed by the colors, a mixture of greens, purples, and blues. Those are my favorite colors! So I took a trip over to Mind’s Eye Yarns in Cambridge, which also happens to have lots and lots of fibre things! The owner, Lucy, is super helpful, and got me all set up with a drop spindle and a quick demonstration of how to spin. After that, I was off to the races! After I spun it all up into singles, I went back to Mind’s Eye Yarns and was shown how to ply. (I think it was an Andean Ply?) and then, I got yarn! My own yarn, all in it’s little tiny skein. Of course I took pictures to document the process.

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So that’s it! I now know the rudiments of spinning, and it is just sooooo fun and relaxing! My second skein of yarn has already followed the first, and I’m busily spidering away on my third. Every time I mention spinning to my best friend Greg, he says “Spider spider spider” and wiggles his fingers at me. And you know what? I don’t even care. Spinning is awesome!

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4 Comments

  1. I agree — it’s awesome! Your skein is lovely — please post more. Also . . . your dinosaur MacBook looks just like mine. . . even down to the location of the cracks on the lower right side. EERIE!

    • I think these things have a tendency to break in precisely the same way, almost as if they were designed to do so πŸ˜›

  2. Oh your first skein! It’s so lovely. Mine was not nearly as nice, probably because I taught myself from Youtube videos rather than suck it up and ask for guidance!

    • It really did help me a lot, I checked out some youtube videos as well, but having an actual person tell me how to do it helped reduce the moments where you’re crying or swearing and wondering why the heck nothing is working the way you want it to. (I still might’ve had a few.)

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