Some Days Were Meant to Be Taken Slowly

This weekend has proven itself to be quite the couple of days. They’ve been the kind of days that remind me of the early days of my pregnancy with my son and one specific experience in particular. It was so stereotypical that it’s almost embarrassing, but of course I’ll share with you anyway. So there I was, just a few weeks pregnant standing at the counter making a lunch for my husband while he prepared for work and out of nowhere I burst into tears. He walked into the room and was alarmed and confused asking, “What happened?! What’s wrong?!” and I quite literally blubbered, “I don’t know!” through the cascade of tears. It’s what we’ve come to refer to as my ‘hormotional’ moments. While they definitely started when I was pregnant, they still occur now & then and I had a few of those moments the last couple days. I don’t know what to blame for these outbursts. Hormones? Definitely. Maybe it’s the moon’s fault, too, or maybe it’s just the perfect storm of events in my life. Whatever the case, rest assured that there are no baby knits in my future, but there were some very random tears in the recent past for no real reason at all other than I’m a lady and these things happen (and that’s ok).

Good husband that he is and sensing the oncoming storm and seeing the tears welling up as he was about to head out the door for an evening shift yesterday, Mr Knitting Sarah convinced me to take the kids to a movie yesterday afternoon. I think this was as much to save them as it was to help me, but nevertheless it was their first ever movie in a theater, so it was kind of a big deal. We even sprung for a tub of movie popcorn and everything.

IMG_9485We saw Avengers: Age of Ultron and needless to say the whole experience was a big hit.

From there, we had a slightly rocky afternoon — partly because my girl was picking fights with her brother, partly because my dear son was low on patience for his little sister, and partly because I was still battling my hormotions. We survived though and I got the kiddos to bed and then I rounded out the evening with an old-fashioned (something I almost never drink), some trashy TV, and some knitting.

IMG_9492It’s knitting that is for the upcoming Summer Sock KAL and I don’t want any spoilers here for members of the Feel Good Yarn Co Summer Sock Club, so all I’ll show you for now is my needles but I’ll assure you that the hand-dyed SilverSpun Sock is just as fantastic to knit with as the natural and the color is super summery perfection.

This morning I awoke feeling a bit more like the normal me and got right to spinning. After a couple nature documentaries (a new Sunday morning tradition), we moved outside where the kids ran and played and I spun.

My hubby snapped this photo and captioned it with, “I stepped onto the porch but somehow landed in 1880s Appalachia.” All I can say is that this right here is my happy place — surrounded by my family, sitting in the sun, listening to birds, spinning. There’s nothing fancy, nothing glamorous, but it’s home. It’s no surprise to me that it was my hubby who suggested I take my spinning outside when we started herding the kids that way. He knows me so well.

I managed to finish up my Sweet Georgia Polwarth + Silk in the Stormchaser colorway…

IMG_9494I plan to n-ply it eventually. I’m absolutely tickled with how the singles turned out.

I still have a few empty bobbins though, so when I finished this I hopped right into my June Spinzilla Pack from Louet. As I said when I first mentioned it a couple days ago, there is a TON of fiber in this pack for the price. I picked the 8oz bag of 50/50 wool/soysilk to start with mostly because I would probably never have picked a soysilk on my own.

IMG_9501This is SWTC’s Karaoke (50/50 wool/soysilk) in the Parrotfish colorway. I really knew nothing about soysilk and compared to other fibers I’ve tried it feels very different — kind of tacky, but slippery at the same time. In any case, I checked out what Louet says about soysilk on their website and thought I’d share with you, too.

SOYSILK® fiber is made from the residue of soybeans from tofu manufacturing. This process is 100-percent natural and free of any petrochemicals, making it an extremely environmentally friendly product.

  I have really limited experience with spinning anything not wool, but I like to use this type of variety pack to try the things, like a blend with soysilk, I normally would not. I struggled a little bit to get going with this fiber — just figuring out the staple length and the best way to spin led me to a quick google search for fresh ideas that might be easier than what I was doing. I landed on one comment that recommended spinning from the fold. I tried and it was like magic.

IMG_9502This definitely is not going to be the most even and balanced yarn I’ve ever spun, but now that I’ve discovered spinning from the fold with this I have much better control and confidence with it. I’m planning just a simple worsted or chunky weight 2-ply and I have what’s not spun of the first 4oz all prepped, so this project should go pretty quickly. I’m thinking a 2-ply from this 8oz should be enough finished yarn to make a pretty little chunky cowl for winter.

I haven’t quite thought about what yarn I’ll spin next. Or which project I’ll knit myself to sleep with tonight. Thanks to my quiet morning it’s the calm after the storm — I’m tear-free, I’m feeling mostly sane, and my hormotions are in check, so I think I’ll start the afternoon with a little yard work. Weeding & transplanting and maybe see if the mallard couple is still hanging out under the big maple tree by the enormous puddle. Some days were meant to be taken slowly and I think today is one of those days.

8 thoughts on “Some Days Were Meant to Be Taken Slowly”

  1. your husband sounds like a great, observant guy! I am glad things are better today. The polwarth/silk is lovely – can’t wait to see it plied. Soysilk sounds interesting – I look forward to seeing that all neatly spun and plied as well. 🙂

    1. I think after 12years he knows *the signs* – lol! And I know his. I’m almost done with today’s yard work so the big question will then be: knitting or spinning?

      1. Either one will be a good end to the day!
        I have made the big decision to take spinning lessons. Now I am torn between spend the couple hundred dollars to take the wheel series, or the $50 for the drop sindle? I am leaning toward the drop spindle as I can keep going with that with no more equipment, rather than learn on a wheel I haven’t got, nor do I have the money for. But then I see photos like yours, and I wonder anew. 🙂 But I think it will be the drop spindle, and that leaves me with cash for yarn at next week’s Fiber Frolic. Can’t wait!

      2. TONS of people use spindles and make way nicer yarn than I’m able! It’s a really great way to start and definitely an easier investment. I think if I’d have taken classes rather than intermittent instructions from friends for the spindle I’d be way better and more patient with it. In fact, I’d still love to go back and re-learn on a spindle as it would travel much easier! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

      3. I’ll let you know. 🙂 I am eager to get started, so I will talk to the instructor when I see her at Fiber Frolic this weekend.

  2. So glad your hubby understands. It makes it so much easier when they do. I love the parrotfish! So pretty! I want desperately to learn to spin! It’s going to happen, sooner or later.
    Age of Ultron was one of my favorites! I can’t wait for the next Marvel movie to come out! We’re all nerds here, and love the super hero movies.

    1. I was adamant that I did not want to spin, but my hubby talked me into it and I absolutely love it. It is the most relaxing thing in my life!

      We totally dig super hero movies, too! I was a little worried my squirmy 7yo wouldn’t deal well. She’s more of a bookworm and routinely walks out on movies at home in favor of reading, but she hung in there. Spent about half the time on my lap and the other half devouring popcorn and getting smushed my her seat (she’s apparently not heavy enough to keep the seat down), but it all worked out and everyone had fun. ☺️

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