Every Day I’m Whistlin’

Not really. But I did go to Whistler this weekend. And it was simply delightful.

Here are some of the amazing sights and sounds I was so blessed to see while I snowshoed and drove through BC. I definitely think I’ll want to take a road trip throughout British Columbia one day. It looks simply magical.

Coming next: more breadscapades!

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Every Day I’m Whistlin’

Deception

Being binge crafter, I’ve been on a relatively constant spinning kick this week, meaning I hardly made progress on most of my knitting projects. That’s not to say everything’s been stagnant here.

I’ve finally finished spinning up the batch of wool that I’d gotten when I went out to Whidbey Island in August. I went out there with the intent of just hiking Deception Pass and spending the weekend out there, but the first night I encountered an absolutely lovely craft store in the city of Oak Harbor (where I stayed) where they sold only local fibers, yarns, etc. Moreover, this was an amazing place that had its own workshop where one could dye or spin their wool (among other things) as well. If only I lived closer to this place.

Now deception might be somewhat of a harsh name to give such a lovely fiber and yarn, but I feel that the colors, spinning & plying methods, and place and meaning of the fibers acquired have warranted such a name. It’s exactly what I think of when I see this yarn, for literal and more personal reasons. I have no idea what the different fibers are within this yarn and the colors vary greatly. Funny enough, upon first glance, it appears to be an aqua, teal flavored yarn.  But upon further examination, you can see the variety in fibers really well. And I really do believe the variety gives the yarn an amazing flavor, though it has yet to be knitted up so I’ll keep that in mind.

I’m extremely proud of the thoughts behind this yarn. Being immersed in thoughtful architecture has led me to search for a greater meaning behind every life decision, menial and major. Menial as it may seem, the meaning behind this wool makes spinning and (soon to be) knitting it so much more meaningful and enjoyable. I look at the yarn today and a wave of various feelings comes with a bundle of simple twisted fiber; I can see the twists and turns of life spun into this fiber.  More than just memories come with this fiber; emotions and nostalgia of that time in life.

I never really realized why the prospect of spinning and processing my own wool was so important to me. But after spending some time and thinking through all of the meaning and the ideas behind starting something from the very beginnings, it makes me realize how much each step of life can intrigue me. Knowing and learning about so many different stages in life and other forms of development such as design is absolutely fascinating and just constantly leaves me wanting more. I’m sure everyone has their medium for intrigue…any thoughts?

Deception

Toys and Trees

As mentioned in the last post, I’ve recently acquired (added?) to my “toy”collection! Well, this is toys in the hobby accessory category, but nevertheless I’m super excited to add them to my clutter. I guess I don’t really consider this clutter as it is extremely helpful to one of my favorite things in the world (yarn/fiber) but nevertheless, I present to you my new wheel and swift!

During my final quarter (ever) of college, I decided to top out my units with a craft class which allowed me to work in the model shop. Having had experience with the tools, I decided to go for a yarn swift, as I had been pining for one for quite some time now. A spinning wheel seemed too daunting a task, but a yarn swift was perfect! Funny enough my teacher had never heard of one, nor anyone in the class, so I also exposed everyone to how awesome knitting culture is! These finished pictures show what it turned out to be, but surprisingly enough it started out with a block of wood, American Walnut. I loved how rich the color became after coating it with both a linseed oil and a polyurethane varnish.

Last summer, as some of you may remember, a desire was born to learn how to spin. I figured out how to use a drop spindle, but chose to wait on a spinning wheel til I graduated (YAY!). Well, now is the time I learn! I was so incredibly fortunate enough (thanks to the help of many ravelers-yay ravelry and awesome knitters!) to find one through craigslist at a STEAL of a price, with some minor maintenance required. I haven’t been able to try it out, as I’m waiting for my maintenance kit to come, but it is an Ashford Traditional, and according to the site’s timeline, I believe it’s from the 70s! I doubt it’s been used in at least 20 years, so some parts need replacing, oiling, etc. But the flyer and wheel are in great condition and I’m so stoked to begin to self-teach spinning on a wheel!

And last, but not least, hiking is in season! Well, in Southern California, I guess it’s always in season, but it’s not always in my season. Well it wasn’t, now it can be, thanks to the gift of TIME. I went to lower Arroyo Seco a couple of days ago, and it was absolutely splendid (though slightly hot for my taste).

I also have a pretty severe case of start-itis. Unfortunately, no WIP pictures quite yet. But not to fear, they too will come!

Happy knitting/spinning/living!

Toys and Trees

New Season, New Project

Much to my satisfaction, I began the summer with four WIPs and finished with only two! Even better yet, only one of those was a holdover from the beginning, meaning I not only finished the other three, but finished a number of others as well! Hip hip hooray! As I have moved back to what I call home base right now, I can resurrect projects such as blankets…one of which has been a going on 6-year WIP. Another, has been waiting for 2 years now. I need to get on those WIPs. Oh, even better one’s a crochet project…let the wrist cracking commence!

As for the FOs, they include: one vest, one sweater-shirt thing, two hats, one scarf/shawl thing, and one pair of socks. I shall post pictures when I feel appropriate.

You would think that it would mean a plethora of FO pictures. Negatory; I failed  to take pictures of those, instead I decided to take pictures of much nicer things this summer such as landscapes and other adventures this summer.

New Season, New Project