09 April 2008

This is one of those weeks.

You know the sort. In the moment, you think "Dear God, will this ever end?" And after the fact, you go and lie down with a damp cloth over your eyes and a very large tumbler of vodka or screetch or your poison of choice.

I'm still upright. I'm nursing. This keeps me good. :)

Here's what I've been doing while Lucy naps. When she naps. Which, this week, is hardly ever.

I'm so impressed with me. A year and a half ago, I think, I bought the high speed adaptor for my Ashford Kiwi spinning wheel. The process of getting it was such a huge annoyance (it's the reason I now refuse to shop at the other LYS) that I became disgusted with all things spinning. And then, I couldn't see my feet because of the baby in the way. But this week...I really wanted to spin. So I brought out the wheel and listened to Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell while spinning away. And, once I realized that the complete lack of treddling was due to the thingamabobbie (you know, the do-dad that actually sets your ratio, the bobbin sits in it?) being brand new, a judicious application of a little bit of olive oil (it was all I had!) set it all to rights, and I set about spinning a really fine single, if I do say so myself. :) It's not thread, and it's still slubby and inconsistent, but it's a damn sight better than anything I've ever spun before in my life. I'm in love.

The fleece is Romney, I think, and I dyed it my very own self.

Crumpled lace picture. I'm on a third repeat of the body pattern, and haven't found a single mistake in this section at all! Hooray. The lace is that wonderful sort of pattern -- easily memorized, so that after I check to see how to do the edges, I'm off and running all the way across the body -- I don't have to check the pattern a zillion times to see what to do next.

I think I'm going to do five repeats...we'll see. I think I'm also going to need blocking wires. Since I can't afford real blocking wires, I might be "making my own." We'll see how it goes.

Finally, I bought Lucy a dress for St. Patrick's Day, then got horribly sick on the day itself. So, after a few weeks of recovery, Lucy got her Irish on.

I think the last one is my favorite, and the one that frightens Robb the most.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that is so awesome. You are crazy to say that your spun yarn is lumpy, it looks crazy even to me.

Also, Lucy is huge. And adorable. But her extreme adorableness is almost eclipsed by my shock at how much she has grown since I last saw her.
Much love, B

Anonymous said...

You go with the spinning!

I'll split the yarn for you in the next few days, it's drying now... :)


Karin said...

I can NOT believe how big she is getting.
Good work, mom! Love the dress, and the flashing...:)

And your spinning? Very very nice. I've been casting glances at my poor neglected wheel, too...

Anonymous said...

Peek-a-boo! She's SO CUTE!!! (Right. You didn't know that yet. You needed me to tell you. Heh.)

Next thing, you'll have me spinning again. I'm tempted. Definitely. That's gorgeous. Thanks!

Kathy... said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog. I had to trace you back to see the little Yoga practicing baby of yours. It was worth the trip too. Lucy is just adorable! I'll be back often to watch her grow. How old is she? Just Darling!!

I envy you your spinning - something I would like to do eventually. And your lace work looks lovely. I have signed up for a mystery shawl, but it may be a big mistake. I am not (yet) a lace knitter. We'll see how it goes....

Sheila said...

What a sweetie!

Anonymous said...

And I hear she's Rollin' on the River!