Pun not originally intended, but take it as you will. It’s been over a month (eep, month an a half?!) since my last post here, and I am ashamed. There has been plenty to post about, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. So let’s just cover some ground quickly and do this in list format, shall we?
1 – Needle-felting
So I properly used my needle-felting kit at Maryland Sheep and Wool from Going Gnome, and have felted quite a few things since (goal: CHECK!). If I get my blogging act together, I will write a post on the things I’ve felted, but before you get your hopes up please see my track record on getting my blogging act together
2 – Hark, a job!
I started a one-year full-time contract in late May (YAY!). I could blame my lack of writing on that, but I’m working a compressed schedule, which means I have Fridays off. Mostly I’m going to blame the fact that I’m working on a Project That Won’t Die, and it is rather disheartening.
3 – Dance intensive
I took part in a four-day Egyptian dance ethnography intensive, during which the amazing instructor (Sahra) brought out samples of clothing worn in different regions. It was really hard, but I managed to keep my cool – until Sahra showed a video of her interviewing some Bedouin people from the Sinai. And one of the women was spinning. I nearly lost it – if I hadn’t been sitting down I would have fallen over! She was using a top-whorl spindle about 18 inches long, with a quadrangular whorl (made of some found object) and a nail affixed perpendicular to the shaft as the hook. She drove the spindle by rubbing it upwards along her thigh, and then leaving it to spin against her thigh – so a sort of supported-spinning technique. I didn’t really get to see the fiber prep or anything, mostly because I was too excited about watching the actual technique. And then I almost died when I found out she had spun and WOVEN the tent she lived in. I don’t know this woman’s name, but she is my hero.
4 – Dogsitting!
It’s that time of year again – I just finished dogsitting my favorite pup for the last two-ish weeks! She’s a great cozy companion, but I don’t think she likes my spinning wheel very much. Which leads us into …
5 – Tour de Fleece!
My legs are actually sore, and a very specific part of my left bicep is as well (I think it’s the bit targeted by short forward draw). Tour de Fleece started just over two weeks ago, and I finally (FINALLY!) finished plying my Shetland yarn. I also spun some Mawata (silk hankies) as my first challenge day, finished spinning an alpaca single, and started spinning some lovely merino. But if all goes according to plan, before the end of the Tour I will post a proper picspam of all the things I’ve spun (spunspam? spinspam?). That gives me a week. That should be achievable, right?