Monday, April 14, 2008


There are times when I am decidedly anti-social. I've been underground for a couple of weeks now, due to some extremely emotional things in my life which I'm just not willing to write about here. When things are weighing heavily on my mind yet I don't feel I can write about them, it's hard to write about anything! So I've been underground.

One of the things I find therapeutic for anxiety is spinning! I haven't spun in over a year, but during the past week I've been glued to my wheel. I had bought some silk top from Carol Weymar in two beautiful colorways. I neglected to take a photo of the fiber before I started spinning the green/blue/brown top. The interesting thing is I was attracted to this colorway because it was so watery: blues and greens with only a hint of copper/browns here and there. Yet the finished yarn is decidedly earthy, not watery. I still like it....alot. My skein is just shy of 400 yds. and I'm hoping it will make a very pretty (and small) Swallowtail shawl. I spun this entirely worsted and made a 2-ply.

I began spinning the second colorway yesterday. I finished the second bobbin today. There is only about an ounce on each bobbin, so it's not a great deal of spinning. This time I spun from the fold and used a modified long draw. I am letting the second bobbin set and will refrain from plying until tomorrow. I can't wait to see if the yarn is loftier than my worsted skein, and I can't wait to see what happens to the color. I love all the bright pinks and corals mixed with blues and purples, but I don't know if I could really wear this colorway! I wonder if it will mute a great deal when it's plied.

My younger son turned 22 last week, and I went to spend the weekend with him in Rochester (NY). The highlight of our time together was a tour of the laser lab that he arranged for us. The University of Rochester has the largest laser in the world. That must be a little known fact. It was an incredibly impressive machine, but since photography was not allowed I cannot show you just how impressive. They are using this laser to work on fusion, and I hope they figure it out soon! Meanwhile I'll include a shot of my son's much smaller laser lab where he works when he's not in class. It looks quite disorganized although he assures me this is how all labs look!