So there’s been a bit of a lull in my knitting life lately as I’ve been settling into the whole routine of waking up at 5:30 am, going to work, then rushing home to shower, change, and make it to physio on time. It’s been such a joy to get back to work. I really needed this. As much as I enjoyed drinking coffee and spinning all day, I can’t be away from the trees and chainsaws for so long without developing a strong yearning to get dirty, smelly, and tired. Not to mention how much I start to miss the companionship of a bunch of dirty, smelly boys. Sure, my kittens keep great company, but it’s not quite the same.
Remember, I had only been working at a new company for about a week before I broke my arm. I barely had enough time to memorize everyone’s name, never mind get to know anyone personally. When the accident happened, I was already quite unsure about my decision to change companies, and quite apprehensive about my new co-workers. I wasn’t sure I fit in very well. To then disappear for a month and a half at the start of a new season, I was excited but very nervous to go back. I really didn’t know what kind of reception to expect. It’s been just over a week since I returned to work, and I have to say that it’s such a relief to find that everyone has been very welcoming. My initial awkwardness is toning down a bit as I think people are beginning to figure out who I am: a vulgar, nerdy weirdo. Who knits.
Finally, this weekend, I got back to the needles. I’m happy to announce that Moonraker is complete! Nearly.The knitting part is finished. Of course there remain many ends to weave in because despite my ambition to weave them in as I go, I will never be so disciplined. That’s a fact that I have come to accept over the years. Then I will lightly block it, and then I will snuggle up into its squishiness.
Gladys – my spinning wheel – got a good workout this weekend too. I finished two 100 gram skeins of natural mohair which I purchased from Wellington Fibres.
Immediatel after setting those two skeins to dry, I grabbed another 100 gram bag of mohair to begin spinning.That beautiful bundle of wool comes from Spring Harvest Farms in Stony Plain, Alberta. My mom sent it to me as a gift over a year ago, but I’ve been hanging onto it until I knew exactly how I wanted to work it. I spent all day spinning up the entire bag of fibre. The skein is currently hanging to dry therefore I will photograph it tomorrow. Although it is still wet, I love how the yarn turned out. It’s slightly rougher than the undyed skeins, but it has an amazing mohair halo enveloping a shimmery green strand. So lovely!
These yarns will likely not be listed on Etsy, however. Earlier in the month, I briefly mentioned that I might have so exciting news regarding my yarn. Well, I’ve been asked to contribute to a new, up-and-coming mobile yarn store in my local area. It’s not official yet; I have not yet signed onto anything, but as soon as things are settled, I will provide more details. And a yarn giveaway, to celebrate.
It feels good to be back. I will probably be less active with spinning, now that I’m working again. But I will try my best to keep the blog up to date as much as possible. No more blackouts. I hope.