About my spinning, Jenny asked:
If you haven’t answered this before, did you learn from a class, a book, or some other way. What would you recommend a beginner spinner?
I haven’t really answered this question before — I’ve just sorta been documenting it as I go along.
My friend L-B showed me how to use a drop spindle in November 2004. After two weeks of drop spindling, I bought my first wheel, Katarina, a Kromski Minstrel. I got my second wheel, Lenny the Lendrum, on December 23rd.
Apart from looking at the 5 minutes on the Kromski video that dealt with spinning (most of the video consisted of instructions for assembling the wheel, and no, I didn’t watch it — I’m a rebel), I’ve had no instructions in wheel spinning.
That said, I think beginners could benefit from spinning classes. Heck, I’m a beginner and I’m sure I could benefit from spinning classes. But that would involve some sort of proactive behavior on my part, now wouldn’t it?
But my philosophy remains that it’s not like I’m doing brain surgery without lessons. What’s the worst that can happen? I’ll leave some poor roving brain-dead.
As you can see, it’s a very good thing indeed that I am not a brain surgeon.
What Have We Here?
This would be a pair of Big-Ass Mittens.
I made these bad boys big enough to fit over a glove. (And Kathy offered up that suggestion in my comments after I had started this endeavor. Great minds think alike.) That way, when it’s mercilessly cold, I can wear gloves with mittens over them. When I need to do something that requires digital dexterity, for example, using my subway farecard, I can whip off the big-ass mitten, keep the glove on, and nimbly execute my farecard transaction whilst keeping my dainty paws more or less warm.
Am I not clever? No, please do not answer that.
Of course, the weather forecast for tomorrow is for above-freezing temperatures.
I am following, more or less, the mitten pattern in Ann Budd’s most excellent book The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns.
More Grape Arbor Shawl Photos
Because some of you asked.
(Those of you who have thoughtfully emailed me or left comments elsewhere to say that you are “creeped out” by my hair updates, kindly avert your eyes.)
Becky asked in a comment the other day how long I plan to grow my hair.
I am this close (holding thumb and forefinger about a quarter of an inch apart) to getting a haircut. I thought about doing some chopping myself.
See, I’ve got this one bottom layer in the back that is longer than the rest, and it needs to come off. I’ve been known to perform surgery on my hair in situations like this in the past. I haven’t screwed anything up. Yet.
(Still, it’s a good thing I’m not a brain surgeon.)
But no, I am not planning on mutilating my hair myself. I today made an appointment for a haircut. On February 17th. At noon.
Send good hair vibes.