Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The wool dilemma.

Yesterday the Elf bought a new (on clearance) megabloks set (it had a dragon and a guy with a sword - that's all the boys care about). It was bedtime when we got home so it was left in the box. This morning when B woke me up, the Elf was already awake (anticipation?). His brothers, upon waking, were told (by the Elf) that the new toy could not be opened until he was done with his school work. Imagine my shock - *I* certainly didn't make that rule. My ten year old "I hate school" little boy imposed this limit on himself. Wow. With only a few minor bumps along the way, his work was finished before lunch. They've been happily playing since.

What's a mom to do with that kind of gift? I made laundry soap, washed diapers, folded all the laundry that had been sitting in baskets, washed yarn that I'd dyed the day before.. and quested through my wool stash for inspiration (I may have also spent a considerable amount of time watching videos on Geek and Sundry).

This is a king sized bed. Let me just assure you that this is a lot of wool. I have a mess of other wool that isn't washed, but we'll ignore that for the moment. Among the bags of just-plain-wool I have: merino, tussah silk, bamboo, commercially dyed coloniel, local alpaca, Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride roving, local "heritage" wool, and a couple bags of stuff I've dyed.

I was looking for inspiration. Instead I was a little overwhelmed.

With the help of my boys, we've decided that when I drag the drum carder out I should mix these to make a Master Chief inspired yarn.

Yesterday I dyed the last of my mostly-consistent-and-thin yarn. I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It's not what I had envisioned. The blue spots came out seriously blue, too. I'm going to re-skein at least one before I decide if I should overdye it.

Alas, I have decided to work on the socks I'm knitting rather than spin. I'll save the spinning for after the boys go to bed. Hopefully B will entertain me with some Fallout 3 as well (yes, okay, we love our video games).

I want to thank everyone who wished me well (in comments, emails, passing thoughts) concerning my last post. I really appreciate it. The truth is that I've been battling depression for most of my life. It's under control and most of the time I'm fine. Some days are really rough, though. Saturday was just one of those days. I've been trying to dig deep and work on some "me" things to change my default way of thinking and processing. It, like all things in life, is a work in progress.

I also wanted to share that I've finally changed the background image on my computer for the first time in.. oh.. at least five years. It was previously a very dark image that I think I found on DeviantArt many years ago. A city in silhouette on a hill. With a giant rabbit silhouette coming toward it. I always felt the rabbit was coming to destroy the city. Now, I'm feeling like crazy, strong, trying to make it through River Tam is the way to go. Also, I just love my Firefly/Serenity.


  1. I'm glad you are feeling a bit better. Now that child of yours who did his school work before cracking open the set...that is a priceless moment!!! I love it when kids do wonderful :) on a side note wouldn't it be fun to run and do a cannonball into that yarn pile???

  2. My dear Melissa, I am glad you are in a better place. I have a sister who deals with depression so I get it.

    Reading about your Elf made me smile, I put those kind of restrictions on myself,but for a ten year old [and a boy at that] to do it is awesome.

    I am just speechless when I read about your dying and spinning yarn. I would love to do all of it, but for now I guess I should stick with knitting since I still have so much to learn.

    Take care of yourself. Are you suppose to get any of the storms that are coming across? It's suppose to hit us tonight and then rain all day tomorrow.

  3. oh I love your yarn, I wear the hat I knitted out of the beautiful blue every day and I did so enjoy knitting with it, glad that you're spinning again :-) you've been in my thoughts and hope things are good for you and if not good then getting better. love and hugs to all x x x