Knitting and Spinning Olympics
Phix's Curiosity: what sparks my interest
Watch this space to see what's sparked my interest this week. A random grab bag of delights!
Been watching the Olympics this week. I don't really follow sports, but I always seem to get sucked into the Olympics. There's just something about people doing what they love at the top of their form that is really engaging to watch in a way that I don't get from professional sports, but I'm not so engaged in any particular sport enough to follow them year over year. There's something about the pageantry of the proceedings as well.
When you need every one and everything around you to just stop.
2018 is really gearing up. I think at this point I'm looking towards the end of April for a moment to slow down and catch my breath. In the meantime, the name of the game is finding moments in between everything going on in order to recenter, regroup, and find that calm in the eye of the storm. Gonna be checking in with my breath a lot, I think! :)
What I'm up to with fiber and possibly how mythology and stories all tie together.
Ariadne's Yarn: playing with threads
I'm... being ridiculous. I have three different projects going on right now and eyeing this beautiful new roving that I want to dig into! This is a merino-bamboo blend and so very very soft! I love this color combination too. The colorway is called 'Golden Dawn' and the pinks and goldens and streaks of red really nail the colors that dawns can bring. I mean, or so I'd assume knowing what sunsets look like! 😜
Then there's the silk hankies and a new spindle. I always say I'll never do silk hankies again and somehow every three years, I forget why I said that and buy more... and then I remember why I swear I won't buy anymore. It's maybe not quite *that* bad - it forces me out of the easy long draw that I find so comfortable. With silk hankies I usually end up mostly pre-drafting each of them so that I have a half chance of getting a semi-consistent size. And semi-consistent is about as close as I get with these, pretty much working in laceweight with them. I love this new spindle - it's beautifully balanced, spins forever, and is a gorgeous delight to work with. I'll still probably do the plying on the wheel - it just goes more smoothly and I have a wheel at hand. Some day I ought to get a lazy kate for spindles... In the meantime, I think this will get a Navajo ply (basically a single thread, chained/looped to make a triple ply) & we'll see how I deal with getting it off the spindle. Maybe this calls for an unorthodox use of the swift... I've got a ways to go so plenty of time to ponder!
Still working on a knitting project *and* a weaving project. No new pictures of those though - sometimes it just seems like it looks sort of the same at this stage of things.
Mythic Librarian: the art of arranging a life
Thoughts on ontology and ways to organize a life.
Yes. This is coming out late! I totally spaced that this was waiting to be written until I was going to bed last night and it dawned on me... Oh! Today was Thursday!
Part of organizing a life is the recognition that at times there are things that will just slide because... that's just how it is. Not much slides in my life. Once a mentor of mine reminded me that it's ok to not be perfect All The Time because it lets other people know you're human. So... this week I'm human. The go-go-go-go that will be with me until later in April means we may see me being more human for a bit, but y'know what? That's ok. If a newsletter slides, a newsletter slides and I promise to get to it!
With love, and structure, and organization, and curiosity - may Ariadne's ball of yarn guide you through the labyrinth safely until next time!