Exploring the Varieties of Pain

For all intents and purposes, I have finished knitting the Tangled Up in Blue Socks… but I can’t actually wear them until I weave those four ends in. The plan is to do that tomorrow morning, although I shouldn’t have said that, because as I’ve mentioned before, claiming on the Internet that I will do something at a specified time nearly guarantees that I won’t actually get around to it.

Although, since I’m talking about Internet promises, I’d like to mention that I haven’t let the Tour de Fleece fall by the wayside. Well, not entirely. I have not spun every single day that the Tour rode, but I didn’t expect to. It was just wishful thinking, and I knew that when I first mentioned it. I also know now that there is no way that I will finish those two ounces before the Tour ends, but I really didn’t expect to do that, either. I knew that would be a reasonable goal for Basically Anyone Who Isn’t Me, but for me? Not so much. Anyway, I have produced some yarn, and I am continuing to produce yarn, and I’m happy with that.

I’m happy with the fact that there is yarn production taking place, that is. I’m not happy with the yarn at all. It is seriously awful. Like, worse than any pictures I’ve ever seen of anyone else’s first handspun. I’m not so much of a fragile delicate flower that I will never post pictures of it… but I am sensitive enough that I won’t post pictures of the awfulness until I have also produced some slightly-less-awful yarn, as well. I have some pride, as hard as it may be to believe.

Spinning is cool for those rare several-second intervals where it feels like I’m doing it right. And for some variety, after spinning for a while, sometimes my whole arm is sore, instead of just my wrists! I also bought a latch hook kit last weekend (if you scroll down on this page, it’s the one called Small Tie Dye), and while this kit is very simple, it is absolutely fascinating to spend a while latch hooking and discover that hey, the next day, entirely different muscles in my arms are sore! (Near the shoulder, in the front, not the back. I don’t know if this is ’cause my latch hook technique stinks, or what.)

Annnnd… on Saturday, I’m taking this Threads & Colours: Weaving on Small Looms workshop, so I can learn the exact manner in which weaving brings pain! Despite my sarcasm, I am very much looking forward to it.

I’m going to be working on some fast & easy knitting projects now that the socks, which took way too long, are (essentially) finished.

Handmaiden 12-Ply Cashmere in Glacier colourway

This 12-ply Handmaiden Cashmere is going to be a Quick Knit Hat soon, knock on wood. The colourway is called Glacier, and this lovely aqua is so very much my friend that I have some Sea Wool in the same colourway.

As for Things I Am Actually Doing, as opposed to Things I Swear I Am Going to Do, last night I started knitting this Daiquiri Dishcloth for a friend of mine, and it’s almost half finished. Half of a dishcloth doesn’t make for an interesting blog photo, so no pic for now. If you want to picture it in your mind, it’s hot pink.

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One Response to Exploring the Varieties of Pain

  1. Ria says:

    Mmm, cashmere! :3

    Producing bad yarn at first is, weirdly, the biggest reason that I’m not practising spinning at the moment. I’ve got some nice roving,and a good drop spindle, but I know in all likelihood that my first attempt is going to be crap, and I don’t want to ruin the wool like that. Though at the same time I know I won’t get anywhere if I don’t, well, actually start.

    One of my thrifty-minded friends recommended getting cotton balls, ones made of real cotton instead of synthetic pseudo-cotton, and practising spinning with that, which I might just do until I can get a better feel for it all. Cotton balls are cheap, after all, and I won’t have to use my good roving until I know I can live up to it.

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