Thursday, February 02, 2006

Back-up Plan: It's A Good Thing.

It never fails! Whenever I am making a "twosome" of something (socks, mittens...) the first just hums along with nary a hitch. I get cocky, I feel an awesome sense of power and invulnerability. I cannot fail. The second of the set is always a bit of a booger. I dropped yet another stitch in the cuff of the fingerless gloves, got ticked and ripped the whole thing off. Impulsive, I now admit, but it's too late to get all reasonable at this point. I re-cast before leaving for work this morning and will put more time into it over the weekend when I'm not all "teacher-minded." Thank heavens I had the foresight to start The Great Shawl Experiment as a back-up!!!!! I need to have something in the works at all times or I start to get all jittery and think about knocking over liquor stores or buying tube tops. Trust me when I tell you that no one wants this.

Last weekend, I promised myself I would spend more time dealing with this:

Lincoln/Metallic haunt me!!!
I actually did manage to get a bit of carding, blending and spinning done, but not nearly as much as I'd planned. I have decided to blame the dentist. I haven't exactly worked out the logic of that as of this posting, but I'm fiddling with the theory and I'm sure I can figure out a way to make him the villain of this piece. At any rate, I have been dealing with this stuff since June. I washed it, did the first round of carding and dyeing before I went back to school this past fall and have been poking along ever since. The impulse-based purchase of a beautiful Jacob fleece in September added to the stash and I now have scads of fluffy stuff taunting me. I gotta get on this....I've seen some silk that I want to turn into something purty!!!!
Not much will happen tonight, though. Tomorrow is the last day of TCI training and I need to pass both a written and physical test to prove that I merit certification. Since I haven't exactly cracked the book for this until now, I'm thinking that I should put in some study time. The cats don't know it yet, but they will be my stunt kitties for the restraint practice. Persephone is feeling much better and Desdemona woke me up at 4:30 this morning with her incessant snoring. Turnabout is fair play!!!!! Let the games begin! OK, reality check: the cats will not tolerate my practicing on them. I am just grandstanding and pretending that I have some sense of control around here just because I have an audience.

1 comment:

missemilysmom said...

A weekend is a good thing... I need to make those fingerless gloves as well... hmmmm... I really need to start spinning again. I am envious!! But when the dog and the daughter want to play with the wheel while it is spinning very hard.
Hope to see you Monday.