The ultra dustbunny
Thursday November 16th 2006, 1:36 pm
Filed under: Spinning

I was thinking about posting about the uncertain lung x-ray that called for a repeat, putting off the repeat, finally going and getting that done a couple of days ago, and getting the report that all was cleared up now. I was thinking about posting about the half pound of cocoa powder I managed to drop across the kitchen floor this morning–but it made the kitchen smell SO good that I had to celebrate with a mug of hot cocoa (from the other tin, thank you very much). I was going to mention…

And then I remembered this bag of brown cashmere fiber I’d found yesterday while cleaning up. I’d bought it via Ebay, very cheap, because, according to the description, it was full of noils.

I haven’t spun in ages and ages. I spent from January to June where I tried a few times, but just couldn’t manage the three limbs going at once thing without finding myself breathless and so exhausted, after doing one bobbin’s worth, as to need a nap. But I liked spinning! The only way not to be frustrated with the loss was to push it far from my sight so as to concentrate on my knitting instead. Focus on what you have and be glad for it, let the rest go.

I’m doing far better now. I finished cleaning the cocoa and pulled out that bag. I made one small skein just now, plying it with a never-used-up half-bobbbin’s worth of baby alpaca/silk in a lovely gold that had been waiting its turn on another bobbin.

Noils was the least of it. No wonder I’d forgotten this stuff. You want natural fibers, hon, this is definitely au naturel: a few guard hairs mixed in, uncombed, short haired, the occasional bit of straw, noils and neps and slubs and sudden thin spots as I spun. All the charm of spinning dog fur. Tell you what, if anybody wants the rest of this–it is very soft, after all–give me a shout out at (skip the no spam part) and it’s yours, first come first served, winner take all. It gave me what I needed: it got me back to my spinning fibers again, and made it clear that I can. Yay!!

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So glad the lung xray was better the second time around! I’m also thrilled to hear that you’ve been spinning again. Ack though, the description of that stuff gives me the itchy-twitchies (a very technical term my allergist uses). I say, stick with well-prepared prefereably hand-dyed variegated roving any day. Or perhaps a batt from Grafton Fibers now and then. 😉

Comment by Joni 11.16.06 @ 2:47 pm

Yay for the good x-ray results, and for chocolate however it comes–from yarn colors to spilt on the floor! I’ll continue to send healthy thought intentions to you so that you can continue doing the things you love. Terrie from Maryland…where people haven’t a clue about persimmons, (and apricots taste like cardboard) but the trees sure are a pretty green in the spring!

Comment by nightowl16144 11.16.06 @ 3:45 pm

Thank you! And yeah, growing up in Maryland, I don’t think I ever saw a persimmon there either. And apricots were always dried.

Comment by AlisonH 11.18.06 @ 10:09 pm

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