Emergence

“Emergence” is kind of a weird word. To me, it evokes the image of unfamiliar creatures creepily appearing from an unexpected place. Like when baby spiders evacuate their nest or cicadas dig their way out of the ground or loads of snakes all start to come forth from their subterranean homes on the spring day when the condition are just right.

img_4809This, of course, should not be confused with our weird pet snake who just occasionally likes to burrow in his tank & then periscope with his head around.

I have been Spinzilla planning and spinning for over a month now and even though the event wrapped up on Sunday night, I’ve continued to be a busy bee. I had offered to help take care of the reporting end of things. I know it’s probably about as normal as my periscoping coral snake, but I honestly like these kinds of tasks, spreadsheets and all. In any case, since the final whistle blew, I’ve been collecting the data and images from my teammates as well as measuring, washing, and setting my own yarns.

img_4810We even had perfect drying weather yesterday afternoon so I got them all set and dried — ta-da! I’ll get individual photos and share all the details about these 28oz soon, but for now I’ll just say that I love each and every skein. They didn’t all turn out exactly as I intended, but I don’t even care. They are all my favorite!

Alas, as today is the day I had slotted to enter all the Spinzilla data to the powers that be, it’s the official  “wrap” of my involvement. I’ve slowly checked items off of my to-do list today and “emerging” is exactly what it feels like to me. After weeks of planning and loads of spinning and basically having Spinzilla on the brain, today is the first step in a new direction. I’ve enjoyed it all, but there is something very fulfilling about checking those final items off my to-do list, each one opening the ‘what comes next’ door just a little more.

And what does come next?

Remember these batts I told you I wanted to spin for my daughter’s birthday?

delia-battsWell, I started spinning them!

img_4805 You would think after 7 days of power spinning I would want to do something else for a few days, but no. I started spinning these Monday and last night I finished spinning all 3-1oz batts spun into singles. I plan to wind them into center-pull balls and create 2-ply yarns from each. They are thick and thin yarns with the idea that my daughter can experiment with a bit of texture on her loom.

And yesterday…

img_4813-2I cast-on for my first every handspun sweater. Pardon the dark photo — this was taken last night and while I could take an updated photo now, honestly, the lighting is not much better as we’re in the midst of a rainstorm. In any case, this will be a Featherweight Cardigan. If the yardage holds out I’ll be making it longer will full-length sleeves, but we’ll see how the yardage holds. Now that I’ve stopped fretting over gauge I’m 100% head over heels in love with this knit. And I’m only about 3″ in. This is going to be a true labor of love.

And with a fun, successful Spinzilla under my belt & in the record books, my periscoping has turned into full-fledged emergence. My eyes are wide. I’m out and about, seeing and relishing all the possibilities that surround me. And as usual, I feel extremely lucky because they all look pretty amazing.