It is still 2016 for a few more hours and I am sitting at work. There were a few ends to tie up, and any hours I work when we are closed during the holidays, I take as comp time in the new year. This is how I am taking a week off to go to PLY Away 2. So it isn’t totally horrible to be at work on NYE (day).
While I am waiting for files to load so I can create some digital editions, I have been tidying up various leftover tasks on my desk. I also excavated a naked spindle, and picked a fiber sample to spin up. I won’t be going into detail about it because it might be the most godawful prep I have ever experienced. It is a simple blend of Merino and Eri silk, and it seems like it was processed with a shredder rather than a drum carder. It is so godawful, that I think I just decided to toss it rather than continue with the horror.
When I am spinning, one of the constants in my thought process is whether or not I can sell the resulting yarn. Some of my handspun, from the early days, is rather unique in its imperfections, but none so much so that I feel it isn’t eligible for sale. With this fiber, the yarn would not be up to my admittedly relaxed standard. I have knit a lot with my handspun over the past year and honestly, I have really enjoyed it and enjoyed learning how less than perfect it can be. Additionally, my feeling is that when one wants perfection, there is a ton of commercial yarn that fits the bill.
So the fiber just went into the bin and what had been spun has joined it. That is equal parts sad and liberating. And it was only an ounce. Quite possibly, I could have salvaged it, but I felt with the eve of a new year in the offering, I am better served to have mitigated my loss.
I am participating in a virtual NYE spin in tonight with one of my Ravelry groups and have decided on the delightful Frac-Pack from Yarnshines. This one is labeled violet Vixen, but I bought it around the time of Prince’s passing, and to me, it is Purple Rain. I have spun the first half (the big batt) and when I get home, I will spin the rolags (small bundle) and then ply them together. The camera battery is dead at the moment, so I have to figure out a different process for the pics and will add them after the fact.
We don’t have any raucous plans for the evening and it remains to be seen whether I make it to midnight or not. The only other thing I would like to accomplish today is maybe making a batch of bone broth, in line with starting the new year as I would like to proceed. I have been following the AIP and it is time to get back on track.
My current reading is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I am reading along with my friend Patti Digh’s 2017 Hard conversations Book Club. I am hoping to keep up with the reading this year and make all of the group calls. All of the authors on this year’s list are women of color. I was introduced to Adichie a few years ago in Patti’s book club when we read Half of a Yellow Sun, which I enjoyed a great deal. So far, Americanah does not disappoint.
Looking forward to a new year with a stronger commitment to this blog and website and further growing the knittingbuddha community…
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