Monday, February 20, 2006

Fibery Fluffiness

The first time Yammer (so named for his tendency to Yammer on about everything…he’s from Tennessee so I understand it’s genetic) saw some of us Sewing Nighters spinning he wondered: “Is there something wrong with the yarn you can buy at the store?” Of course not, but there’s nothing wrong with the sweaters that you buy at the store either and yet we spend $100 and thousands of hours so that we can make them ourselves…’cause it’s fun damn it! And it gives you that sense of accomplishment that can only be had from doing something that is time consuming, expensive and relatively pointless, (doesn’t everyone need a homegrown, naturally dyed, handspun, handknit felted yak fur casserole caddy?) Anyway, that is what I was thinking about on Saturday when some craftwhore friends and I went on a wee little road trip down to the Fleece Fair, or the Fluff Fest or whatever it’s called. There is nothing like a mob of spinners/knitters/felters/dyers in a middle school cafeteria, surrounded by balls of roving, tables full of books and skein after skein of beautiful handspun yarn to make you feel vindicated about your craftwhoreness. And I bought some roving and it wasn’t even black! It was…ah…red, and fire colored…but not black damn it! Maybe I can ply it with black.

When we got back from the fiber orgy I decided to ply the pitifully small amount of linen that I had managed to spin up over the last few weeks so that I could get it off my bobbin and spin up some of the wonderful new stuff. And a miracle occurred! The twiny nasty stuff that was practically giving me rope burns while I was spinning it turned into slightly pearlescent, silky gorgeousness! It was amazing! So instead of digging into my great balls of fire I am going to finish spinning the linen…and that’s quite an undertaking because I started with about 4 pounds of it and I think I have at least 3 and a half of those pounds left…but seriously! it’s so beautiful. I spun almost a whole bobbin of it on Sunday, completely neglecting my quilting, woo hoo!

Oh…and that thing about using Sewing Night to get back on track with skull shrug? Outcome: bigger hole. Ah well, live and learn and where did I put that darning needle anyway?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello ragnar,

You dont know me and we'll probably never meet, but I do have something I want to share with you.
I dont know if you have any spiritual beliefs or if you believe in God, but when I look at the beauty in the world around me, I stand in awe! When I see the wars and crime, it makes me wonder why!
Then I turn to God's Word; the Bible and see both of these truths in the Bible. God created the world as something beautiful, but man did things that a holy God did not want, but He allows us to choose. Frankly, most of us choose the wrong thing nearly every time; we sin. But, in the book of John, chapter 3 and verse 16 says that God loves us SO MUCH, that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die for us; for me and for you too! I've lied, stolen and broken the law, whch are all things that God sees as sin. How can we go to heaven and live with a Holy God if we have sin?
We can't. We need to get rid of our sin. In John 14:6 Christ tells us there is ONE way we can get to heaven and that is through Christ. Christ died on the cross to take our sins. According to the book of Romans 10:9-10 all we have to do is pray and tell God we know Christ is the Son of God, achknowledge what Christ did for you and ask for forgiveness of our sins, and we will NEVER lose the assurance of the fact that we're going to spend eternity with God!

There is no middle ground; we're not talking politics. You're either with God or against Him. Accepting Christ's gift doesn't mean you live in a convent or can't have fun. It's accepting eternal life! Please email me, pray and ask God or call a local Bible believing church in your area and start reading the Bible... it's a good book! Start with the book of John.

Thank you for your time,

Nathan
nathandboyd@hotmail.com

Ragnar said...

Wow...my first spam comment. Does this mean that I'm officially a blogger?

celticjig said...

So not jealous of your spam. I am back from the great very white north and there is beer to be drunk tomorrow (firkins), don't forget about your other hobby while indulging in your linen spin!

Ragnar said...

Argh! I'll start going to brew club meetings when I have some actual homebrew to share...so when are we gonna fire up the cooker?

wyliee said...

If Nathan only knew which site he was spamming. . . .that would be too entertaining.

I was too late, I was going to spam you with the gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
I believe that the FSM would be in total support of this Domestic Piracy Site.
In fact believers in pastafarianism know that the loss of pirates is tightly linked to the many environmental issues we have today, including global warming.

WHY YOU SHOULD CONVERT TO FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTERISM

* Flimsy moral standards.
* Every friday is a relgious holiday. If your work/school objects to that, demand your religious beliefs are respected and threaten to call the ACLU.
* Our heaven is WAY better. We've got a Stripper Factory AND a Beer Volcano.



I took the yarn test- I'm dishcloth too, I thought It'd at least be dog hair or something since I'm always covered in too much of it. Sorry to miss y'all down at Crunchy's-
Let me know when are you & Celtic going to Brew?
I'm up for that . . .

celticjig said...

the flying spaghetti monster is my speed of religion! we will just have to brew on a friday if we are going to do it before april!