The good, the bad, and the handspun

I want to start with a quick pregnancy update. For those uninterested skip to the next paragraph. I had a doctors appointment Friday. All is well, but the doctor informed me that since I am now “insulin dependent”, I will be having this baby early. I am not totally upset about this since I am anxious to hold my sweet little boy. We will have an ultrasound this coming Friday as well as the first of many NSTs (non-stress tests) and another doctors appointment.

On to fibery business. 

Saturday I got to go with Bethany and Cassie to a spinning guild meeting in Winslow. It was wonderful.  I chose to leave my wheel at home because I didn’t want to lug it around so I just took my spindle and some knitting. I am kind of glad that I didn’t take my wheel because it was very packed. It was difficult for this wide load pregnant lady to maneuver all the wheels!  I am pretty sure I am going to learn a ton, which excites me! I borrowed a book from their library, The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning that I would like for my personal library. It has definitely resparked my need to spin. Last night I Navajo plied a bobbin of Merino/bamboo singles I spun a while back. It came out pretty. Then I decided to Navajo ply the first set of singles that I currently have in process on my spindle.  Well something bad happened. I somehow forgot that I spin opposite on my wheel than I do on my spindle so plying on my wheel was the wrong direction causing a very kinky, curly mess. All evening long I drove myself crazy trying to figure out what I had done wrong. I finally woke up somewhere around 3 AM and it smacked me square in the face that I have ran into this problem before. Now I have to figure out how to fix this problem. While I try to figure this out, I will spin some alpaca! 🙂

Reunited and it feels so good

Ok so maybe not the exact meaning that Peaches & Herb was going for, but still. My wheel is back! My darling husband and stepson left my house Friday at 6PM and drove to GA (800 miles one way), loaded the entire back of my father’s pickup and made it back a little after 2 Sunday morning. Our house actually looks like a house. Well it will once I finish cleaning up the wreckage! Some of  the treasures from the truck were my washer and dryer, spinning wheel, fiber/yarn, cat tower tree thingy, end tables, coffee table, nightstand, clothes, our bibles, books, movies, games, legal documents, and two VERY tired fellas. I did not sleep much more than they did. Yesterday was a whirlwind of laundry. I didn’t know if everything that came from GA was clean or not so I am washing it all, plus our regular laundry (minus the load I washed at my mom’s), 2 comforters, sheets, and blankets. We also bought some new blinds for the living room. We decided we need to “upgrade” all of our blinds from the cheapest mini blinds in the world that came in our duplex to the cheapest faux wood blinds we could find. We have cats. It’s a requirement. Besides they make the room look so much better and I am hoping that they will cut down on our electric bill.

I have a couple of projects that I want to get to knitting. I finished the first sock of my Ribbelmuster pair on Friday while watching Mona Lisa Smile and waiting for my darling husband to let me know when he was stopping to take a nap. I need to start on the second sock, but I am waiting until I fix the toe for the other Hermione Everyday Sock since I only have one pair of size 1 needles. I was planning on doing that yesterday but it just didn’t happen with everything else.

I have this lovely purple/gray yarn that I spun that I believe is going to be a scarf for me. I have two skeins of singles and I can’t remember off the top of my head how many yards, but I think it longs to be a scarf. I also have a small ish amount of sock yarn left over from Jim’s socks and I think that Jonathan is going to get a hat out of it to match his daddy’s socks. I haven’t decided 100% that is what I am going to do with it, but I know I want to make him a hat to come home in so matching daddy would be cute.

Besides knitting, I have a couple of spinning projects that I want to get underway. I don’t have a whole ton of fiber or anything, but I want to use up some of the stuff that I do have. If nothing else I will just experiment with different techniques. We were watching Men in Black last night and I got out my spindle and spindle spun some of my blue/purple bamboo/merino fiber. I don’t remember if I had a plan for it or not, but I love this stuff. I want to get more. I kind of wish I had spun it as thicker singles and could make a shawl out of it. I don’t really think I have enough to do that but that is what I would like.

My friend Bethany has a drum carder. I think I am going to see if she will let me try it out with my alpaca fleece. She said I could. It is washed and all so it shouldn’t be too bad to process. I wish I had some silk to go with it. I do believe that it will be spun as a 2 ply laceweight (maybe) and dyed and made into a lovely shawl. Maybe I ought to dye it up before I run it through. That could be fun to play with the colors a bit too.

Oh on the baby front, I am almost out of my second trimester. Just 2 weeks left. And apparently I am having some blood sugar issues. I go to the doctor tomorrow to find out details. I had the quickie glucose test a week ago last Friday and had to have the 3 hour test Thursday. The phone rang this morning and she said I had to come in and have them show me how to use a glucometer and discuss diet. Blah. I don’t even eat that bad. As of my last appointment, I had only gained 9 lbs total (at 22 weeks I think?) Anyway it isn’t like I am going nuts on the sweets or anything. I do probably have more carbs than I should, but I like carbs. That is how I eat. Oh well we will see how tomorrow goes. Everything else with Jonathan seems to be going well. He kicks away and makes me smile. I was down right giggling earlier because he kept kicking me. I love it. I still wish I could sleep on my tummy. Soon. Very soon.