The truth is, the past few months presented some unique and difficult challenges to me, including physical illness, depression, deep feelings of self-doubt and confusion regarding my direction in life, and, in general, just an all-around feeling of melancholy and malaise. My health suffered. I lost interest in my once-beloved fiber-related pursuits, much to my alarm. A dear and beloved friend passed away suddenly, leaving my co-workers and me devastated and shocked. I felt myself pulling away from family and loved ones as I retreated from the loud and busy world, drawing inward and licking my wounds as I struggled to make sense of what was happening both to me, and around me.
It's taken many weeks to muster up the courage to try to fit myself back into my old life, the life filled with early-morning spinning, long conversations with friends, and that wonderful end-of-the-day sensation that I made a positive difference in someone's life. But I finally feel ready for a fresh start after the past months of tears and despair... which is why I'm here right now. I've missed blogging - I've missed you! - and I'm ready to roll up my sleeves, dig into some wool, and share tales from my fibery adventures.
Oh, and the stash is starting to get a bit out of hand, too. Time to remedy that!
|Le Stash. Beautiful and inspiring, but quickly approaching the 'overwhelming' point.|
And now, without further ado, here's a quick recap of what's been happening in my neck of the woods, as well as some teasers of what's to come in the very near future!
The spinning wheel has been a bit idle lately [see stash photo above for evidence of this: sadly, this particular stash doesn't even include the fleece closet!], but I did manage to spin up a few skeins. All of these were great fun to spin, and I'll get into them in more detail in a future post!
|Three new skeins: Cotswold, Merino/alpaca, and alpaca/silk.|
Currently, I have four ounces of 80/20 Merino/silk singles resting on the bobbin, ready to be chain-plied...
|Into the Whirled Merino/silk: "Take it to the Bridge"|
... and I just started spinning some silky, shiny Romney, which I'm planning on spinning into a gently twisted, lofty 2-ply.
|Spunky Eclectic Romney: "Lightning Strike"|
I have a sneaking suspicion that I'll be flying through this fiber, not only because of the Looming Stash Predicament, but also because of this.
Into the Whirled's Merino/silk: "End of Innocence"
|I love these butterflies!|
|... even though they're a bit camera-shy. :)|
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the feline trio is doing just fine. :) Sylvia's sitting on the back of the chair behind me as I type this, purring away. And Vincent is still his regal, all-knowing self. Is it just me, or is he somehow getting even fluffier??
|Vincent, King of Cats.|
I have a few fun things planned for the blog in the coming weeks, including (but not limited to):
- Knitting Tales! Yep, I still knit! The needles have been bare lately, but they're clicking away again, and I have some fun new projects to chat about.
- Angora, Three Ways! Like a breed study, but fluffier. I've never spun angora before, so I'll definitely be learning something new as I share it with you.
- A New Giveaway! Because it's been way too long, and it's ridiculously fun to do. :)
Until then, as always, thank you so, so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your stay! I'm so glad to be back, and I can't wait to hear what you've been up to. (I definitely have some blogs to catch up on!) Take care, friends, and talk to you again very soon! :)