With bobbins like this…

I have always been interested in weather. I even took some weather and climate classes in college, one in which I successfully predicted the first frost of the year earning me some extra credit. As nerdy as it makes me, I don’t know that a day goes by that I don’t look at weather maps. I enjoy it and because my family does so much outside, it is awfully handy to have a good idea of what to expect from Mother Nature.  While we don’t live in the Plains states in which tornadoes are most frequent, we do get our share of severe weather and that means that we have rules in place for how to react and we have since the kids were babies. In a severe thunderstorm warning, we are ready to head for cover in the basement at a moment’s notice. If a tornado warning comes through, we get downstairs first and ask questions & look at maps later. The kids know the drill and move quickly even out of a dead sleep. I am well aware that 99.9% of the time it’s unnecessary and most of the time I can look at a map and plainly see that fact, but it’s one thing for which I simply don’t take chances.

Earlier this week, we had a real doozy of a night. I awoke when our weather radio alarm when off around 11:30 or so in the evening. I put a link to the weather radio because if you live in any area that has severe weather from time to time you really should have one — they are so much more reliable than cell phone apps and the alarm is pretty impossible to sleep through. In any case, since I am me and I always take National Weather Service warnings seriously, I opened up a map and saw a big line of storms marching toward us from the south. It was utterly still outside my window. Anyone used to this kind of weather knows this is an unsettling sign.

As it started to rain lightly at my house, reports were coming in that a tornado had struck about an hour south of our house, severely damaging a school and over a dozen homes. From what I’ve read, injuries were minimal which is quite a blessing since it hit around midnight. Thank goodness. Fortunately for us, we just had an eery thunderstorm in which the winds shifted suddenly mid-way through and what started as a calm rain turned quickly to a lot of thunder and lightning & wind & torrential rains. That being said, the rest of that night and following couple have left me struggling to find a peaceful sleep. I love storms, but severe ones that roll through at night are unsettling for me.

Sluggish as I’ve been, I’ve found some peace — as always — in my craft. In accordance with the Socks with Sarah KAL, I’ve added some stitches to my Hermione’s Everyday Socks in Cloudlover yarn. They are beautiful, but I’ve found myself drawn to my Lida Shawl lately, so I’ve been clicking away on it.

20140620-094236-34956469.jpgAs with most lace work, it doesn’t really look like much right now, but I have no doubts that it will. So far, it is one of the most enjoyable lace knits I’ve knitted. It is repetitive, but not so repetitive that it is boring. And the yarn, Quince & Company’s Sparrow, is as always a delightful dream to work. If there is a better fingering weight linen out there, I have not found it.

I’ve also found spinning at my wheel to be a great way to unwind. I opted to spin up the latest braid from the Cloudlover Fiber Club, a colorway named Sashimi.

20140620-094241-34961338.jpgAs soon as it arrived in my mailbox I was in love with this Polwarth – Mulberry Silk blend. It is hot pink & salmon and every shade in between. When I posted photos raving about it, Natalie from Cloudlover reminded me that it came from a photo I posted on her ‘Wish List” thread, a place where fans are encouraged to post color themes and palette ideas for yarn & fiber.

sasimiNo wonder I love this braid (and the skein of yarn, too!) so much! Natalie’s interpretation of my photo could not be more perfect.

20140620-094238-34958792.jpgI spun it straight from the braid using my new BFF, the lace flyer. It is a great testament to Natalie’s talents that whether I organize the colors of her fibers or spin the braid as is, the resulting yarn is always beautiful. She just has such skills, I’m so lucky to always have her fiber on hand.

20140620-094240-34960140.jpgAnd despite my limited space — I actually store my wheel atop my dresser at night to ensure the dog doesn’t get any funny ideas, I still find really lovely places to spin.

Fiber on hand is something I’m certainly not lacking, so thankfully the Tour de Fleece will be starting soon. I’ll be away from my wheel for part of it and I don’t really do all that great with a spindle (*hangs head in shame a little*), so I won’t be as serious as I was last year. That’s probably for the best anyway since I went a little overboard/obsessive last year. In any case, I’m considering joining a team (or two), but I haven’t decided yet if I will do that or just go it alone. Whatever the case, I’m happy to shift my focus to a spinning-first mentality for a bit.

With bobbins like this, can you blame me?

sashimiLet’s not mention that beautiful Downton Abbey inspired color collection from Cloudlover — I’ve recently been catching up on the show and find this collection nearly irresistible… Remind me again that I have to spin my stash first for this Tour de Fleece. Remind me often.

18 thoughts on “With bobbins like this…”

  1. Oh man, the storms this year! As I am sure you’ve been following, our area has been hit pretty hard, but you are right, there’s nothing scarier than severe weather that happens at night. Glad you guys are fine. We, too, at our house have lucked out. Lots of storms and basement time, but ultimately we’ve stayed out of the worst of it.

    1. I’m very glad you and yours are safe & sound! This isn’t the worst year for us since we moved here, but instead of the mid-afternoon/early evening storms, it’s all been middle of the night. Freaky, indeed! Stay safe!

  2. Let’s start with the beauty first. With bobbins like that I’m surprised to find time to do more than sit and stare at them with a beautiful smile on your face. And your spinning looks wonderful – quite puts mine to shame!
    The weather also sounds incredible ….. exciting but on that edge where it could tip over into fear.

    1. I really love the process of spinning — definitely more of a ‘process’ spinner than ‘product’ spinner, so I just love spinning goodies like this up and I usually end up giving them away!

      The weather is definitely in that realm of exciting, but not necessarily in a good way. I’d much rather be asleep at 1am than watching a weather radar — lol!

  3. That yarn you are spinning is gorgeous, and wow, you can spin very consistently!

    I can’t help but be curious, what funny ideas do you think your dog will have? (knitting its own coat?! lol)

    1. Thanks — spinning lightweight yarns comes very naturally to me. 🙂

      I’m mostly concerned about him chewing on some part of my wheel. It’s not likely to happen — he hasn’t chewed on anything he isn’t supposed to since he was a wee pup, but I can’t be too careful with my precious wheel!

      1. You’re lucky it comes naturally! Ive only spun a couple of times, but my Mum used to heaps. She found it hard to keep it really consistent.
        Haha, I’d be the same. I’ve had 2 dogs that as pups, loved chewing things. One ate a brand new spool of overlocking thread. It was $14, and was a variegated colour. Not happy!!

      2. My hands have very good tactile memory which I think helps a lot. I’ve never had any proper spinning lessons though, so I actually don’t know much beyond going on instinct and what I’ve read in books and watched online. I suppose I will consider myself very lucky! I do have a harder time staying consistent with heavier weight yarns, so I practice it a a lot. 🙂

        Variegated thread? That must have been… Colorful in the end!

    1. Spinning lightweight yarns comes very naturally to me. I have no idea why! I practice all sorts of weights, but I really enjoy the lace-fingering-sport weights best.

      1. I love to knit with the lace-weight yarns. I spin mostly with merino and it comes up worsted-weight. Recently I tried with Polworth, washed and carded by myself and it came up a lot finer. Perhaps that’s what I should be doing. Just practise I suppose.

      2. Practice, yes, for sure. Do you pre-draft your merino? I find some commercial fibers – and with merino it can often be the case – come so denser prepared that they can be hard to spin consistently and as you like them. Sometimes pre-drafting and loosening them up a bit really helps me have a bit more control.

  4. Good lord that bobbin! It is exactly the perfect interpretation of sashimi! I’m still undecided about Tour de Fleece. Maybe I’ll go along but just for fun. I don’t think I can handle anything too intense right now, my life is too busy otherwise!

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