Thank you for sending me flowers and for writing that I make your day! It is just the other way around, you make my day and here is to you!
How have you been? I came back already last Saturday and please, don’t ask me where my time has gone because frankly I don’t know that myself either. Lots of small, unimportant things have been on my agenda this week and day after another has just slipped through my fingers with not much to talk about. Luckily it is Friday today* and the weekend starts. I always try to have one day a week for just myself, and things that interest me and maybe I’ll have a me-day today. A day a week does not involve even making dinner; that day is just for me but some preparations and extra work are usually needed beforehand. Today we can have leftovers for supper from yesterday, so maybe I’ll just knit or spin the whole afternoon... I know I very much need that, because since coming home I have not had much time for me.
(* I did not get around to send this last night… but if I start editing again, this will never get done.)
Let me first complain about the weather a bit. Since last October I have been expecting snow and winter and cold, freezing days. We have had few winter-y days in a row but not a good, solid, deep and peaceful winter. Last Saturday when I got back home from Helsinki, the world was cold and white and fairy-tale like up here but ever since warm air mass took over and snow has been melting away for the third time this winter. This is very, very annoying and disturbing. I do not remember anything like this ever before in my long life up here.
Finally last night I got to knit the Winter Forest again. I tried it on and realized that I have reached the point where all the second thoughts start marching in and where the interest just fades away. The Winter Forest mojo just crept over the threshold and I heard him close the door very firmly. And I am afraid the day will come when I will look at the huge pile of knitting collecting dust on the coffee table and then I can picture myself quietly hiding it in the closet. I am fighting this but am well ware that this might soon happen. I should really dedicate all wake time hours for the sweater to get it done quickly before this unavoidable will happen… (Next time when I plan to purl a whole sweater, remind me please.)
These are the thoughts that keep swirling in my mind: do I really like the basic design or am I just wasting my time on this? Did I make the right yarn choice? Is this going to be too cute, sort of, not beautiful but too crowded and unsophisticated with the lace? What about the fit? Are the sleeve openings too wide? Just how long do I want this to be?
In spite of the second thoughts there is something very good; I love to knit at the moment and am inspired to tackle a new sweater as soon as Winter Forest is done or maybe even before... I am a bit tempted to buy some new yarn. I went to a good yarn store while in Helsinki and managed to avoid the temptation there, telling myself that I am in the middle of Winter Forest and should not buy yarn now… (I bought two small skeins of milk and two skeins of sock yarn, both of which do not qualify really as buying yarn…) but yesterday just briefly I popped into my LYS and was this close to getting some Grignasco’s Tango. I just postponed the affair; I am definitely going to need some of this tweedy goodness in the near future.
I have a few new knitting and embroidering books to show, and I still have not told you what I got myself for Christmas but first I have to write to you about my newborn interest in spinning and the frustration it has brought to my life. It all started with the new Spin-Off magazine. In the magazine there was a section of sweaters made off hand-spun yarns and especially the red sweater in the magazine spoke to me. It is very simple, raglan sleeves and beautiful in its simplicity and I want to make one like that.
I have plenty of wool but I’m not sure whether I have worth of a whole sweater of any kind. Anyway it is about the time to get going with the fibres again and make a dent in the stash. I like to spin very thin. Well, honestly, I don’t know how to spin thicker and find it a lot easier to get even thin singles than even thick singles. Because of thin singles I thought that I should try three-ply yarn. Easier said than done. I have not had much success with my earlier attempts in chain plying but now firmly decided to learn to. Also I have little bit of variegated wool in my stash and chain plying might be the easiest way to keep the colours clean and nice. Or so I thought.
This attempt to chain ply has led me to yards of tangled mess and in a severe love and hate relationship with my wheel. I have a vague idea what I am aiming at and what I am supposed to be doing but over twisted yarn seems to be what I am getting at the moment. I have really tried hard to spin slowly-slowly but no success yet.
But I am determined that I will knit a sweater of hand-spun yarn, and that most likely it will be two-ply after all. That is if you can’t tell me any good reason why I should keep going with the chain plying? Because at the moment the variegated wool as a reason is wearing very thin. Why the creative endeavours can never be calming and relaxing and successful from the very beginning?
Yours over-spun and tangled mess,
PS. You asked me what my wood carrier is made of. It is made of wood – birch?? - and I bought it from a local fair few years ago. It is very sturdy and has outlasted many birch baskets. I like baskets more but don’t remember how many baskets I have broken by dropping heavy firewood on them.