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Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along – Ow!

Filed under: Crafting Miscellany,Daily Life,Spinning — folkcat at 12:48 pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Boy, am I aching today. Though not as bad as I might have feared.

Before I get to that, though, here’s the picture of the PixelHobby progress that I had wanted to share yesterday. If you really want to see the detail, click on it for a larger image.

Pixels In Progress - Baseplates 1 - 3 of 12

This is, from left to right, Baseplates 1, 2, and 3. It’s the top row of the final image, along with Baseplate 4, which will go to the right. These three tiles together measure 4 inches high, and 15 inches wide. In the final assembly, there will be no visible seams – I placed them with a little gap so you could tell the baseplates apart. There’s a little flare in Baseplate 2 because it’s not actually complete, so the glossy, transparent baseplate is reflecting the camera flash.

As for that aching – I actually got out the weights and the book I talked about yesterday, and did a full set of the exercises – six exercises, two sets of eight repeats for each. It felt good, at the same time that my arms and everything else was hurting a little at the end. But a good hurt, you know?

Spinning & Lifting

As you can see between the weights, I also fulfilled the promise of Monday is Spinning Day, and finished my first plied, wheel-spun yarn. This is a mixed red, orange, pink, and cream merino roving that I’ve been working on for far too long, totalling about 4 ounces. It’s now a variable weight 2-ply. Next step will be to wind it off onto a niddy-noddy, give it a good bath, and do a WPI check to see what I really have here.

Spinning FO, detail

It looks a bit sloppy here – I’m still getting the hang of how often to move the sliding guide down the flyer to evenly distribute the yarn on the bobbin.

No idea what I’ll knit with this yet, but at 4 ounces, there’s enough to make something measurable. Hat, scarf, who knows? I’m sure the right thing will suggest itself as I finish it off into a nice skein.

The spinning was another factor contributing to today’s general achiness. This was my longest wheel session ever – over two hours, with minor breaks. I finished the last half ounce of the singles, then decided that, since everything was right there, I might as well go ahead with the plying. So I did, and I kept going until it was done.

So at the end of the day – and getting out of bed this morning – yeah, I hurt. My legs and arms know that I worked yesterday. But I’m very pleased, because yesterday was perhaps the best example of how this new approach of mine – assigning different craft categories to different days – can work for me. I got a lot done on a craft that’s been neglected, and have a nearly finished yarn to show for it.

Yay, me!

Today, Tuesday, I get to be a bit more still. It’s Needlework Day, meaning embroidery, needlepoint, etc. Good thing – I need a day of rest before I repeat my strength exercises tomorrow, and spend Wednesday running around the house cutting fabric and sewing up some quilt!



Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 12, 2007 @ 1:58 am

Go you for weight training!!! not to mention all the craftiness 🙂


Comment by HollyEQQ

April 16, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

Wow – what a blog! Girl, you can do it all.
I wanted to let you know about the bobbin cleanliness….it is totally irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if you forget to move it off the hooks sooner or later, or whatever… it will come off just groovy and still be great yarn.
I usually leave it on the first hook until it is full, then move over to the second and so on and so forth.
I recently got a Bulky Wheel which has paper towel roll size bobbins, so it is no longer a factor!!! 🙂 It holds up to three POUNDS of fiber…. that is a lot of spinning – I have yet to fill one up completely.
Well, I hope you found your rhythm and have enjoyed your spinning. I haven’t read far enough along, but have you started knitting with your handspun yet? It makes a HUGE difference as to what type of yarn you choose to spin. I prefer a worsted to bulky size knitting yarn for myself, so I tend to spin a worsted to bulky size yarn. I also tend to like texture in my yarn, so I add that too.
But I learned how to spin lace weight, because I feel like you need to know the craft in order to start making art.
It is a relaxing, soothing thing to feel the animal fibers slide between your fingers, and to wind up the ball and make a scarf (or whatever) that you can wear and know – I made this from scratch.
Anyway, just wanted to say Hi, and
Happy Spinning.

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