Monday, March 31, 2008

Pill bottle cotton

First, wait list status-8 days went up to 10, I am waiting on a materials shipment (they mis-shipped the first shipment, argh!!!) sorry y'all.

I have been under some stress lately, so was opening a new bottle of B-complex, when out flowed some of the loveliest pill bottle cotton I have ever seen...prepared like fine puni, soft, real cotton, for sure.

I know, I know, I do remember the dire warnings and heated discussion years back on the original "spin list" about the perils of spinning pill bottle cotton, but delight in the texture and quantity overcame my fear. I admit, I am by nature, a "reckless spinner"

Throwing caution to the wind, I reached down beside the kitchen table into the overflowing box marked "rejects" for a Spindolyn and began sampling this cotton. Nice. Smooth. My mind moved into this mental fantasy of living in the Andes surrounded by swaying, glowing amaranth and having a huge family to divide all my chores while I sat graceful, brown skinned and happy with the richness of enough time to actually spin enough cotton to dye and knit a (rather than the traditionally woven) highly modified colorful little huiple, and as long as I was fantasizing, my entire village would be tolerant of my fiber explorations and unconcerned about me breaking traditions.

The thing about me and fantasy is that it never lasts more than 30 seconds before I am on to the "what if" stage... the inventing, designing, playing phase of "lost mental state while spinning" So I got this idea of using the "stop and start" ability of the spindolyn to make little boucle like blips (can't remember what you call them) Perhaps I could dye this strand something, then ply it with a strand of soysilk dyed something else so the little blippy knobby things would stand out knibbity colorwise and maybe, if I aim for a little amulet bag, it might be done in the next century.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Starting to surface

whee hoo! I am catching up! now only an 8 day waiting list!

You know, spinners are really nice folks. They are patient. That makes sense, of course, because if we weren't, we never would be able to spin enough for socks, let alone a sweater.
I have thought a lot about that as I work. I appreciate people's kindness and their advice .. "don't hurry on my account"
Spinners supportive words have, in a way, freed me from a stressed-out self imposed pressure, and helped me focus on working with "intent" and patience with myself, instead.

It actually moves things along as fast, if not faster, and certainly adds more to my merriment.

That's what I decree, as spring arrives, "more merriment all around!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Are you waiting on a Spindolyn??

If so, I want to first say, thank you for your patience!
It looks like the wait list is about 2 weeks at this point (If I told you 8 days, I was being a bit optimistic about my superhuman powers, and I had no idea that orders would pick up so drastically, and that I would be called out of town again, so it looks more like 14 days at this point)

Explanation part 1 (-the business stuff)
And thank you to all who have said such nice things, and who are enjoying their spindolyn and spreading the news...I am unsure where the news got spread (I am out of the loop right now) because I have NO time to read blogs or things right now because I am making spindolyns and staying with my Mom in between.
Night and day, time to make the spindolyns... No time to post, no time to knit, no time to garden, just spindolyns from dawn to dusk, sometimes I feel like Mickey Mouse in the Wizards Apprentice, but I know the rush will soon pass, and I will be wishing that someone would order a spindolyn because my phone bill is due or my electric bill overdue, and they are threatening to cut me off, or some such.

Don't misunderstand, though, I like making spindolyns, I like handling the wood, watching them spin, testing each one (honestly, I have to say, I hate cutting and polishing the brass, and their are a few motions involved in making the spindolyns that hurt my arthritis, but a little suffering is just part of the artists life, no?)
Mostly, I like packing them for people and wondering at the far away places or the cute addresses or the lovely names (spinners have some great names, my name is kinda plain)
Please just know that I am working as fast as I can...
Explanation part 2(-the personal stuff)
I appreciate all your private emails and kind thoughts wishing Mom well, her treatment (radiation for pancreatic cancer) is really wearing her down. I am spending as much of my time with her as I can, and the family is all trying to find things that sound good to her so she will eat. She used to joke that there had never been a time that she was too sick to eat, even when she had the flu, but now she says maybe she shouldn't have joked about it.
Thank you for your kind thoughts her way.