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{April 1, 2008}   Spinning again, baby time!

Well, I still haven’t found/or looked for all of my passwords and usernames, nore have I logged back onto everything. However I was pleasently surprised to find myself logged onto Netfliks the last time I looked, without haveing to have found the password. Which was both nice and strange. The whole layout has changed, apparently to better offer me movies I’d like. But instead it just annoys me, I don’t want to see 4 movies for a few genre’s, I want a general collection of movies I’d like.

Anyway, I’ve started spinning again, while I have time. Okay, so monstly during vacation. I spun up a lovely light minty green single (hand-dyed BFL, and soysilk. Handblended both those and icicle and soemthing else which is excaping me at the moment). I plied that with this really cool novelty yarn my Mum and I got down in Camden way back when I actually knit and we actually went to Camden somewhat regualarly (read maybe 3 times a year). The novelty yarn was origionally from Japan, and it was two strands together. Mostly a white yarn with really tiny dots of color on just one of the two strands. I really liked it, I liked the scarf the yahd knit from it (I think a simple garter stitch scarf), basically I liked evrything but the name (clown novelty yarn, the Camden name anyway). I loved how it came in a little box and it had the japanesse slip of paper with the Japanesse figures. It was totally cool and I stashed it for a time when I was better at knitting. Along with a really cool blue and white silk yarn (which was really cheap because the ayrn was totally tangled and no one had the time or patience to untangel it. Real, it took about  years for its new owner (me) to untangle it.) I ended up almost coiling the soft green single around the novelty yarn. Sometimes the novelty yarn lumps (slubs) actually cover the novelty yarn, but most it coild around the novelty yarn with the little bits all poking out every which way. So very fun, and super soft! I ended up running out of the novelty yarn so I coiled the rest of the green single onto crochet cotton.

Unfortunatly I set both yarns liek I normally do (hot soapy water and plunger, cold water rinse, hot water and plunger, cold water rinse, then twack against the counter). SO they really lost alot of their shine and smoothness. They’re still super soft (I do reamember it was pretty much 50/50 BFL/soysilk. Both of which are supersoft by themselves!) but not really as glossy as I’d like. I think a nice rinse in warm water, a twack for the novelty yarn and tension for the coils would have been a betetr idea.

A yarn I completed sometime ago, but everyone needs pics:

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I also got out a batt of Boarder Lanchester dyed in purple which I bought from Spunky Eclectic (well I bought the locks and carded the batt of a rented drum carder). Yesterday I split and rolled the batt into rologs and spun a worsted yarn (worsted or wollen? I can never remember). Which was different and fun. I spun it to be a thicker single, rather soft.  I really like how itturned out, although the yarn did break twice while I reskeined it today. Earlier I had started to strip the batt into pieces of roving. So sometimes I’ll finish spinning the Boarder Lanchester and see which type I prefer, at least for this yarn. I think it will really be fun, particularly so see how different they are for knitting.

A doctor I visit happens to be pregnant so Mum’s knitting her a baby sweater (a sweater for the baby, duh!). Of course I now want to spin the yarn so I’ve gotten out all of those batts of white polypay I carded up. I split the first batt into strips and started spinning it that way, but find the short fibers keep escaping. So I think I’ll switch and make rologs out of the batts. Hopefully that will help with the problem (when I spun the polypay before I had handcarded them into rologs and I had the best time spinning the polypay). Its such a soft and smooshy fiber. I’m aiming to spin a three ply as a two ply apparently is really good for lace, it sort of shrinks up. But a three+ ply will actually expand and fill little gaps, basically be a very round yarn. I’m also aiming for a very soft and lofty yarn. Mum wants the sweater done by the end of April for my next appointment so I really have to get to it.

Of course I also have loads of school work. Want to see?

This is the partial charcole drawign I did for Drawing 1, and I hate it!:

 

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See how terrible it is! Oh my god! Its so bad! And of course the homework assignment for the weekened had been to go home and finish the drawing, set up another still life the fill in the space and finish it.

So, I started over. I taped this drawing to a board and stood it on an easle. Then I set up a still life, which had all of the basic compenants that this drawing has, adn then I added more things.

I drew the new still life (bad me, apparently we aren’t allowed to draw it. But I find I do better if I do draw it first). I took pics of the drawing for you, but the pencil is too light to see.

Here is a progress pic:

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Don’t mind that its crocked and I cannot find a way to turn the pic. Just take my word that its 100000000% better! I ended up spending the whole weekened on this, and I can tell you it is absoltuly amazing! Like you can step in and live in that balc and white and grey world. Sorry, no pics of it done. I forgot to take one and their is no way I am going to go dig it out now.

Unfortunatly the sound that the stumpers make gave me the worst headache, and of course I still had it really badly on Monday.

But I’m a college student, and I can’t possibly miss class because of a headache, ignoring the logic and the fact that I essentially dropped out of highschool because of my terrible debilitating headaches. So, I went to my first class, and thigns went down hill from their. I ended up spending the whole class practically holding my head and trying so hard to keep my eyes from rolling back into my skull. Between the advice of several other students and the dibilitation of my head I went home and slept for several hours. IE, unti lthe next day.

I emailed my drawing teacher to semi-lie and say that I was sick so I had missed class and could he please email me back and tell me what I had missed. And for once he was a good teacher and he did email me, and tell me what I had missed.

I fought and basically zombied tuesday, so wensday I felt alot better. But between group think (we all hate B-Kat, seriously, no one says anything nice!), the threatending snow, my fear of my headache coming back, and the annoyance with the dull and dumb class I left afetr 2-d Design. I skipped drawing for a second time. And you have no idea how terribel I felt. I feel so guilty about it. And I lied to the teacher, but he did give me the assignmetns and I did do them over the vacation. Although they aren’t all that good, at least to me.

Bruiser starting to play with a bug, in the background you can see Mum’s newest felted bag, which is super cool, other then the leather handles.

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I did manage to knit a pair of socks for the “A Loose Knit Group” march as sock month. They’re green, cotton and baby socks. They were super easy, and super quick. A great first sock project. Small enough to be simple and not so big that its too dull and takes forever. However, I don’t think I’ll be knitting another pair for a bit. They’re not my thing.

I also signed up for classes for the summer semester today, I’ll be taking Chemistry and its lab the first session with Susan Baker, which is incredibly awesome! I had bio with her and it was fantastic. She’s a great teacher, has too much energy (can I siphons some off and have that instead of caffeene?), and truly enjoys what she teaches. Now, I was warned that it would not count towards and biology or an archetecture degree (the two things I’m considering), so it is a wasted class. However ALL of the sciences courses “strongly recomend” a recent chemistry class. I hane NEVER had chemstry, so it will be a good class for me.

I had also planned on signing up for Algebra I and Algebra II this summer as refresher math courses. Well, apparently those are remedial math courses and I have taken Math 111, which is all I’ll need for the next bit anyway. And here I was freaking out thinking I needed math 112. So instead I will be taking US History II (they apparently don’t need to be taken in sequential order) the second semester, and I won’t be tkaing anything the third semester. Which frankly seems very good to me. I’ll haev some time to just relax without worrying about classes.

In addition I’ve come to realize taht I’ve taken basically all of the general core classes and I really need to make up my mind and start on a degree program. Rght now that’s looking seriously liek a degree in plant biology. Which I think is fascinating and fantastic and loads of other great things! Unfortunatly at UMA I cannot get a plant biology degree, I can get a general biology degree. But I’d have to disect animals and I REFUSE to do that. Hell, I don’t even eat animals, how could I cut them up. Luckily it looks like USM has a plant biology degree, so I think I’ll probubly end up going their for the second semester this next year.

Very cool, but a little scary. I’ve never lived alone. I’ve always had my aprent’s there if I needed them. I’ve been close to all my doc’s and I’ve been able to confide in my Dad when my headaches start getting worse and anxiety and depression worsen. And, I don’t actually have any friends. Certainly I have a few online, actually the best friends I’ve ever had. But I don’t ahev any friends in person, I don’t ahev epeople that I can hang out with. Which really scares me alot. I know I do alot worse when I’m not physically around people, and more then just in a classroom. Socially as well. So its hard, very hard and very scary!

I have an urge to dye fiber, a really big urge. Unfortunaly I haven’t had time. I’m really busy with classes. Infact I need to stop typing soon and get to work on some more things.

Soemtime soon I hope to write a blog post of doing internet research, my last chapter in Legal Research was all about that and I learned aot. Which I think could be really helpful for people! I f anyone actually read this, or rather that.

Anyway, best wishes and closing with Bruiser Cat as she helps me do school (drawing) work!

Guin

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