My Week, Interrupted

I had some high hopes for this week.

With our homeschool year getting into full swing on Monday, I kept telling myself that would mean I could finally get back into a busy, but good rhythm of doing all the things I love doing — from hiking and family time to gardening to writing & reading to knitting and spinning. And then on Monday night I had a tightness high up in my chest and this weird persistent tickle in my throat. I went to sleep early hoping to sleep it off, but by Tuesday morning I was coughing and wheezing and had to work to catch my breath when I was moving around. Ugh.

I survived Tuesday and thankfully my hubby had Wednesday off of work and since I was woefully unfit to be out and about, he decided to take the kiddos to the Chicago Field Museum for a field trip and leave me with a nice long day to myself. Normally I’d make big plans to get a lot done, but instead I alternated a little spinning with a lot of laying on the couch. And thus we answered an important question: How do you know when Sarah is really sick? She’s laying on the couch, not knitting or spinning.

Alas, I did get some crafting done this week. It was slow-going to be sure, but I managed to forge ahead in my efforts to FILL ALL THE BOBBINS with singles. You see, every now and then as I’m spinning along I decide to put off plying. After finishing one braid of fiber, I spin another set of singles. And before I know it, all I have left are my plying bobbins (and no real interest in making bulky singles) and 3 very fast bobbins and — seriously — why not just fill them up, too? I left one regular bobbin open for plying purposes, but yesterday I think I finally reached the point where I’m actually going to start plying.

So what will I be plying, you might ask?

img_4256My 66 Sunset from Dyeabolical.

img_4258My Painter’s Backdrop from Three Waters Farm.

img_4257My August Top of the Month Club, Satisfied with Summer from Three Waters Farm.

img_4260Heartache from Three Waters Farm.

img_4261And my first ever Nest Fiber Studio fiber, the May 2015 fiber club colorway Agaricus that I got from a destash sale. I used my Very Fast Flyer for this one (they were the only bobbins free, after all) and I posted a short video my son shot of the flyer, well, flying. A flyer moving at 36:1 is fast. As a side note, if you watch the video carefully, you can see that the rhythm of the treadling is regular, but uneven. Hilarious to me, it’s the exact same rhythm as when I cross-country ski — whoosh-whoooooosh, whoosh-whooooosh. That’s what happens when you’ve got a bum leg, apparently — you make your own weird rhythm in all things. I’m not complaining — it works!

In any case, you put all these spins together and you get…

img_4262An awfully pretty picture. I can only hope the resulting skeins will be as lovely.

As I creep all too slowly back toward feeling back to normal, the to-do list unfortunately continues to grow. My week may have been interrupted by illness, but the lawn keeps growing, the weeds need pulling, the house needs cleaning, and so on and so on. With the backlog of chores, I’m not exactly sure how long it’ll take me to work my way through this beautiful stack of singles. I sure am ready to see some finished skeins though!