Spinning and Carding
I realized a few days ago that I haven't been the best blogger. I have been so busy with design work that I haven't taken the time to show you other things that I've been working on.
Whenever I need a break from knitting my wheel comes out. It is such a relaxing and rewarding activity for me. Often my spinning happens late at night when I don't have the energy for anything else. If you are into spinning too, you might want to check out Neither Hip Nor Funky's Handspun February group over on Flickr. You will find inspiration and like minded friends there.
I had a few friends over to watch the inauguration. One of them, Jennifer (blogless), was kind enough to bring along her drum carder. She left it here for me to play with. This, my friends, is a very addictive activity. For a few days I could not walk past the drum carder without stopping to play. I've been thinking of buying one for myself. I still haven't decided - they are expensive, and do I really need something else to distract me from exercise, laundry & shoveling snow and ice? Yeah, put that way, maybe I do.
See all of those folded over, lumpy bits. That's probably not right, I guess I've got a lot to learn.
I sent this batch through the carder twice in hopes of getting a heathery effect in the finished yarn. I could look at the batts all day.
Along with spinning and carding I've been trying to get my sorry butt into shape. All of the knitting and designing I've been doing has led to a very sedentary girl. That's not like me. I've been pretty active all my life, with tennis, gardening, hiking & golf among other things (karate & gymnastics in my younger days). Getting enough exercise has never been an issue until recently. In the past I have taken pride in my strength. I've realized lately how quickly that is lost for those of us past a certain age who spend too much time knitting and spinning. It is clearly time to do something about that. I've been pretty dedicated to my treadmill for the past few weeks. Hopefully it will pay off.
Of course, there are still new designs in the works. That's my new and nameless mitten. It's worked in Indie Dyer's Fingering - Sock-it-to-me. The pattern and more details coming soon.