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.