Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Swift Meditation

Every Monday for the last 5 months I have tried to psyche myself up to wind 5 pounds of lace weight (5,000 ypp) in to 100g hanks. I offered booze, food and yarn in exchange for winding, I offered cash, I tried to redeem a certificate promising free yarn monkey time, I tried destashing the yarn twice and I tried giving it away. Finally yesterday I worked up the nerve and face this foe. It is only 5 pounds. It shouldn't be that big of a deal. Kind of a pain, but not an insurmountable task. I decided to stop being a wuss and just do it already. I gave up after 3 pounds because frankly, I am a wuss and there is no point in trying to deny it.

Winding 15000 yards of yarn on a hand cranked swift gave me a lot of time to think. The motion of the swift, the burn in my arms, the driving beat of middle east funk playing in the background put me in a meditative place perfect for thinking. And this is what I have been thinking:

  • I was planning to launch my online store in August. I like etsy and will still sell there, but there are big advantages to being able to sell through my own site. Here's the thing, I don't like my online store. Or rather, I do like my online store but it is missing some basic functionality I think it should have for the price I am paying for it. Right now my biggest problem is that I lack the basic terminology to figure out how to solve my problems. I don't know what I don't know. I need to hire help or I need to switch to another host. Switching hosts would mean rebuilding the website since the template I am using is specific to my host. Hiring someone would be a cost I do not have in the budget. I have been put in weeks of work on this website, much of that just learning what the heck I am doing. Plus I have two big events to prepare for and I really need to pursue the wholesale angle so I am not sure that right now is the right time to launch the online store. Maybe, maybe not. This requires more thinking. I have 10,000 yards left to wind so that should give me plenty of time.
  • I'm worried about Scott losing his job. We still don't know one way or another, but I am afraid about health insurance, rent, surviving. I have been achy for days and asthma is threatening to do something, too. Doom Doom DOOM! No more thinking about it.
  • The last few weeks, ahem, months have seen me having a rare confidence crisis. I feel like I can't hold my own compared to my kick ass and creative friends or compared to other knitters. In other areas of my life I feel like the rug might be pulled out from under me. I hate feeling this way, largely because I know it is BS. I know WHY I feel this way. I am just not sure how to get over it aside from just giving it time and getting over it. I hates it, I say.
  • "Bunnies! Bunnies! I think it's BUNNIES!"--The Buffy musical has been running through my head for the past week. Anytime there is a lull in brain activity this insidious musical starts running through my head. I tried to vanquish this ear worm through liberal doses of Musicovery and Pandora Radio but it isn't working.
Spinning for the Tour de Fleece continues on, but at a slower rate. I am not going to get all of my goals accomplished and I am okay with that. I didn't really think I could spin my entire stash in less than a month, anyway. I did finish a new skein of yarn ,though. 242 yards of Wensleydale roving painted by Winderwood Farms. It's, um, energetic. See?
Pre-thwacking: I don't think 'energetic' is quite the word for it
What is it, you ask? A terrible mess. After trying a thick and thin coiled single ply I thought I would try a balanced smooth single-ply. Ahahahahaha! Haha! Ha! Ha. Ha. It is not balanced. It kind of looks unbalanced in a Flying Spaghetti Monster kind of way. Clearly I had to do something before this unbalanced yarn got loose and caused mayhem of the yarny sort.
Post Thwacking
I washed it, thwaked it against the basin and dried it under tension. It looks much better. You should know that thwaking wet Wensleydale might start the felting process. Be warned. I need to learn more about setting the twist and getting excess energy out. While this looks much more manageable and balanced I am not sure that I didn't thwack all the bounce and resiliency out of it.

Yikes! It's 10! I need to work this morning! I always end up writing longer than I intended on this blog. I better wrap this up.

Here are two other yarns I did for the Tour de Fleece. The first one is a superwash merino 2-ply spun from Aija's Cordelia roving. The second one is a thick and thin coiled Wensleydale from Winderwood Farms. I need to work on my coils.
Cordelia Thick and thin coils

I still have some stash left for sale here if you are interested.

Meep! I'll be late. Gotta zoom.