Saturday, May 30, 2009

Spinning Out of Control

Just when I thought life was getting back to normal, something always goes wrong. We are having out of town guests back to back from this week until next week. As soon as one is gone, the next person will be arriving. It's family coming to spend time with Melody so I don't mind at all. I have spent the last 2 weeks cleaning and organizing, but now it feels great to have the house neat for once.

Melody came down with a fever on Thursday night, but was still acting fine. Today, she is coughing (it sounds horrible) and she still has a fever. Plus, she is extra cranky. I was a little worried because she played with a neighbor's kid on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. He had strep throat, but his mother told me he wasn't contagious anymore and was continuing taking his medicine. I called her doctor this afternoon and they told me that it sounds as though she has a upper respiratory cold and that children her age are not susceptible to getting strep throat. Well, unless one of the family members has it and none of us has it. So, the poor little thing just has to fight through this on her own. It's hard listening to her cough as she is sleeping at night. I am trying really hard not to get sick, too. It was only weeks ago when the whole family was sick and we were all really miserable.

Since I have been cleaning and organizing, I was able to unearth my spinning wheel from a pile of laundry (that just needed folding) and other junk. My craft area is in the corner of my bedroom, so lots of things end up getting piled in front of it. It has been a while since I spun anything, but it got addicting pretty fast. The above photo is a merino/bamboo roving that has been a dream to spin. That's one bobbin full and the rest will go on another bobbin for a 2 ply.

I spun this up many months ago, but I forgot to blog about it. It's the January 2009 colorway from Funky Carolina's Fiber Club. The color is called Boom and it's Superwash BFL fiber.
I spun it into a 2 ply, Worsted-Bulky weight, 108 yards.

I received this fiber as a birthday gift this year from a friend. Fiber Optic Yarns, 50% Superwash Merino & 50% Tencel. The colorway is called Limehouse Blues. This was my first successful attempt at Navajo-plying. My first skein was such a mess, I threw it away. I still need more practice, but this skein didn't come out too badly. My hand movements was much more fluid after I got the hang of it.It's Super Bulky and I only got 48 yards. Not sure what I can do with such little yardage, but it has been hanging up in my room for me to look at for the last few months.

26 comments:

caitlyn said...

Oh no, I hope Melody feels better soon!
Your spinning is stunning!

Jennie said...

I hope Melody feels better soon.
Gorgeous colours on the yarns!!!

Salihan said...

What glorious, gorgeous yarn you have unearthed! The colours are absolutely delightful! Just stunning. Took my breath away and my heart beat a little faster. You're such a talented spinner! -me@salihan.com

Amber said...

Poor little girl. It is so pitiful when they are coughing in their beds at night - hope she feels better soon! The yarn is just beautiful - and I don't even knit :-)!

dropstitchknitter said...

Hope she's feeling better quickly! It's tough to see them sick. Beautiful fiber and spinning!

Micki said...

Great spinning! Yarns don't necessarily need to be knitted up--they work great as decorative objects. :)

Thinking healthy thoughts for Melody...

Jeanne said...

Beautiful spinning - gorgeous yarns!

I hope Melody feels better soon...

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littlebirdbigcity said...

I love the Boom colorway. It's beautiful! I sure hope Melody recovers quickly! I'm sending her get well thoughts :)

Hannah said...

Wow, such incredible colorways... These are just gorgeous yarns.

Best wishes to Melody, hope she's feeling 100% better asap.

knithound brooklyn said...

that Funky Carolina is super sweet.

Jackie said...

nice colours.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Melody's cough. It DOES tear at your heart, doesn't it?
Those yarns you have spun are simply beautiful. I'm just amazed at what a wonderful job you've done!

sue said...

I hope Melody gets better soon. I love the yarns that you spun, both gorgeous colors.

Octopus Knits said...

Gorgeous spinning! Where did you get that lovely springy green? I also love the happy yellow shawl in your previous post :) Get better soon, Melody...

Octopus Knits said...

Thanks for the info! (and the nice comments :) )

Natalie said...

Those are delicious handspuns! I love that you post the tops/rovings and then the spun yarn. It's all yummy. Hope Melody feels better soon, too!! It's no fun staying up coughing.

Rebekah said...

I hope Melody is feeling better!

Your spinning projects look beautiful! I really love the multicolored look like in the second and third. Do they look good knitted up too? One day I think all of your spinning pictures will put me over the edge and I'll end up buying a wheel to try it myself :)

And, did you see the sweet pea wash cloth at Susan B Anderson? Reminds me of something you'd like

Pixiepurls said...

man that is some beutiful roving and handspinning! love that first green stuff... mmmm...

*karen said...

You are amazing.

Jelly Wares said...

Poor melody, hope she's well soon... :(
LOVE that yarn too, your absolutely awesome at that spinning...

Take Care
Jodie :)

hetty said...

Love your spun yarns and rovings! Such talent! Sorry to hear about Melody. Hope she feels better soon.

Kirsten said...

Love the yarn and can't wait to see what you create with it! I am trudging through my Clapotis, should have it done just in time for summer :)

So sorry that sweet Melody is sick, I hope she feels better soon.

c.Rachel said...

I'm late on reading...I really hope Melody is better now. And that you aren't sick.

My son and I congested. That's all. I thought mine was just allergies but maybe not.

The yarn you're spinning are beautiful. The green one is my favorite. You're so talented!

Kayanna said...

Hi there! Thanks so much for the comment on my blog about the Louise Cardigan. I really can't recommend the book enough, I'd love to see what you make out of it! Your Mara shawl below is so gorgeous, and of course the Madeline Tosh is exquisite! Beautiful spinning too!

Ivy@PaperElixir said...

Hope Melody's feeling better already! It broke my heart just watching Bryson being sick, that helpless feeling is the worst in the world... And we'll soon know what's it like with a "real" baby!

The yarn is so gorgeous, love the colors of the last one and the bamboo one! Can't wait to see what loveliness they turn into :)