Sunday, July 15, 2007

HM Says...


Hysterical Mind, the half of my brain that is responsible for 99% of my irrational behavior and fears, has declared that we are to stand perfectly still in the middle of the nearest closet and await the end of today's rather aggressive thunderstorms. She is not exceptionally thrilled to know that I have elected to do a quick post before the thunder-boomers start up again. Rational Mind, ever ready to keep things on a more even keel around here, has successfully distracted her with a black and white cookie, the size of which should allow me about five minutes of blogging time. After that, she will realize what is happening, begin a lengthy dissertation on the subject of electrocution and how being within twenty feet of any sort of appliance will result in certain death and frizzy hair. It is easier to just shut the computer down and go live like a cave dweller than it is to fight it.

So, quickly, here's what I have for you today:

I have knit not one stitch. Not a one. The needles remain in their various baskets awaiting their turn. Instead, we have been dealing with fiber in its more primitive state.

The Lamb/Silk blend is now in singles-form and in the process of being plied. This particular fiber took me quite a while to finish up, not because it is a particularly difficult spin but more due to my having been so easily distracted by other projects. However, after realizing that is is lovely, deserves to be yarn and that I can move on to other projects once it is completed, I was a bit more inspired:

As I ply, I can literally see the places where I lost interest in it. Fortunately, I am one who sees the beauty in imperfection. Yup...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
More importantly, a little of the mixing and matching went on this morning. The Blend is done. It is wonderful, streaky, fluffy batts of fibery joy. I am simply beside myself with the pride!

And pride may goeth before a fall, but I goeth with a big, sloppy grin on my face!
This is the best picture of about three billion that I took in an effort to really show the color. My goal was for the plum Targhee to be dominant, while the natural brown Alpaca sort of complemented it. The sapphire silk was intended to really pop. Each color was to be distinct. I am not one who can always realize my vision. Don't get me wrong...I end up with some decent stuff, generally by accident. But this one was dead on. Exactly what I wanted!!!!! Yay!
I can see from the trail of crumbs leading from the kitchen that Hysterical Mind has finished her cookie. It is only a matter of time before she catches on to Rational Mind's distraction ploy. And, as the thunder is also beginning to rumble again, I suppose I should wrap this up. But, before I sign off, I'd like to give a little shout-out to Baby Brother Sheep who is now blogging his way across this great land of ours from the cab of a giant orange truck! (Everybody wave to BBS!) Safe trip, Baby Brother and I'll see you when you get back.
We haven't told Hysterical Mind about Baby Brother's job driving the big rigs. She has a lengthy list of things that can go wrong on road trips and is always looking for an audience. There's no way I'm telling her now.
I want that last cookie...


Beth said...

BBS's blog is a great idea! He may become famous like the person you cooked the Julia Child recipes for a year. :)

I can't wait to see The Blend spun up. You're doing such a nice job with it.

trek said...

B&W cookies work on HM? Who would have thought? I kinda figured her for a double chocolate fudge cake type myself.

Teri S. said...

I checked out BBS's blog yesterday. Driving a little car in NYC is not for me, but to be driving a big rig? I get nightmares just thinking about it.

I can't visualize The Blend spun up and can't wait to see it works. My monitor is showing brilliant turquoise and chocolate brown, which are not two colors that I would put together. But then, I'm a scaredy-cat when it come to color.

Anonymous said...

Pretty, pretty fiber blend! Is it as soft as it looks?

I look forward to traveling with Baby Brother Sheep. Do you think Future Sister In Law Sheep, FKA New Girlfriend Sheep Who We Like, will mind?

kmkat said...

You and that new camera take good photos -- both the yarn and the fiber are lookin' good.

Denise said...

Ooh, pretty, shiny! Those batts turned out really nice. Good job!

That lamb-silk blend on the wheel looks really lovely too.

Faren said...

That is such a pretty blend. The blue really does pop!

Lorraine said...

Ymmmm! Cookie! Would work for me.

Gorgeous blending job! Hope the knitting doesn't start writing letters, though. (Right, Trek?)

Cathy said...

Wow. The Blend is perfect! I love it. You did good!! (next lesson, walking on water)

The new camera has a lot of work ahead!

Jeanne said...

Ooooh, what a delicious blend! You're becoming quite proficient if you are able to get what you see in your mind to come out in the blend.

Anonymous said...

HM likes cookies. Wow I really thought she was the dark chocolate type. You know, something yummy but also very good for you not just empty calories.
The new yarn and fiber are lovely. Your creative juices were flowing this weekend!

Susie said...

Beautiful! Extraordinary! Most excellent! You've got a handle on this blending thing...wanna teach me?