3/16/2016

Chronic


How do you deal with chronic pain?

Since my back injury in early December of 2015, I continue to struggle with chronic pain. When regular OTC pain meds don't work, I turn to alcohol which numbs everything so I can get some relief. At least once a week I find myself in so much pain that IBU simply doesn't cut it and I turn to alcohol. The wind was ruff today, sending the bus I drive to one side or another of the road. The extra effort in having to over compensate for that force triggered pain that would not relent until I drank (after my driving was done for the day, of course). I love my job. I really do. But I find that at least once a week I am struggling with chronic pain, or fatique...brought on by the pain. I don't know what to do. Today, all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball and fade away because the pain was so persistent. This is my new reality. Pain management.

And it sucks ass.



Until next time...
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2/14/2016

A-tisket, a-tasket, a fiber filled basket



I love shopping at the second hand stores. I almost ALWAYS find something I can use. Like this basket that is just beautiful! It is being used to hold all my alpaca rolags which I have finally started to spin. All carding and no spinning makes for a dull time.









I also found this lovely enamel teapot for $3 this week. It holds about three cups worth of tea. It fits perfectly atop my double boiler maker so I can keep it warm with a tealight under it. How charming!!
















And it's that time of year when I start to crave fresh food so I have been getting the sprouts going. Here we have sunflower sprouts in a rotisserie chicken terrarium (cleaned and sanitized, of course). I harvest them yesterday and had them atop a home made chicken salad. Om nom nom nom! Spring is coming, as soon as this last sub-zero snap passes.






Until next time...
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2/12/2016

Carded!


I got that nesting feeling...
 I found out really  quickly that I needed to relearn how to card with paddles. The carpal tunnel in my left arm started acting up and I started to question weather I was doing it correctly.
Nope.
A couple youtube videos later, gotta love that resource, I corrected the position of the paddles in relation to my body and carding became less painful and more productive. SO now I have a basket of aplaca "nests". I tried rolling a couple width wise since there was one video author that mentioned they preferred it that way. I'm actually starting to question weather or not I really am right handed because I do A LOT with my left.
I like to try different things to make my own determination. I have yet to start spinning this particular work. I am trying to get a couple spools free that I am spinning Jacob/Alpaca lace on.



Evil Second Cuts
I am also finding a lot of second cuts in this commission fleece. Not sure what to make of that, or if it's normal.








I got another batch of silkworms going on silkworm "chow" (powered mulberry leaf). They are slower to grow on this than fresh leaves, but that's okay. Some of these are going to a friend to feed her lizard, who LOVES them, some of them will go to feed Mr. TreeFrog who is currently in hibernation mode. I have not seen him in since it got cold. Hopefully he has not passed away. I know they go into suspended animation in the winter. I'll find out once these guys get a little bigger and I spritz his cage.


 To end this post I give you a video of some very disturbing V-Day merch found at one of our local discount stores. Dis-turb-ing.


















Until next time...
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2/06/2016

Welly Swotting over Suri



Working on this Suri fleece has been quite the chore and learning experience. I've had to rethink how to process it several times, and the sheer amount of dust that is still sticking to the fleece after multiple washes is driving me batty.

At first I was putting it through the drum carder and it was, kind of, working. A lot of the fiber would stick to the lickr-in drum, and then it would poof out as if it had a hand in an electrical socket. Remember those electrified balls that the museums would have to show you the effects of static charge?  Yea, that's what it looked like. I did try spraying it with some watered down conditioner, but that didn't do much for it. I washed the resulting batt and it came out the purest bright white!! Nothing like the rest of the "washed" fleece!!

Then I tried my combs. Found out the giant course Indigo Hound combs I have are not really meant for this kind of fiber. I haven't used them hardly at all in the nearly 10 years I have had them. I may sell them in order to get a finerViking set. I tried out a pair last week at The Dancing Lamb, and I got a pretty good sliver from that, although it was a lot of effort.



So I've resorted to my carding paddles. I've been making several dozen Puni's a day. Thankfully it's only three pounds worth of fiber to process and I have till May to get it done. I'm still off work from a back injury so I've been spending a lot of time inside watching movies, spinning, processing and knitting. I do have exercises from visiting the PT to do, other than getting some walking in which I am told is the best thing I could do for a back injury. The exercises are developing some underused muscles in an effort to support my back in hopes that it doesn't get any worse. As a result, I have been craving protein, MEAT, like a fiend. I ate three chickens from the grocer last week. THREE!! I eat all the dark meat right away and then make a casserole with the white meat because it tends to be dryer.

The trader wanted the resulting yarn dyed Magenta. I thought I had magenta in my dye stash, and it turned out I did not so ended up having to buy some from Dharma. Pretty darn cheap from there!! So I gave a spun sample a good washing and dyed it. Pretty!!!





I also ventured to try a scouring soap I've never seen before and....it's absolutely HORRIBLE!!! It did not take the dust off the fiber like Unicorn Scour Power does, and the smell....THE. SMELL. To me it smells like rancid latex, or a dildo....neither of which I can stand. (If you have to ask, don't.)  As soon as I opened it I felt nauseated and had a headache for the rest of the day. Of course I am stuck with it now. Attempting to resell it on Ebay since I only used a fraction of an ounce to test wash with. The buyer from Etsy would not accept it as a return, and she said she liked it's smell over Unicorn.
Never again will I stray from Unicorn Scour Power! I enjoy the light floral scent it has.







Until next time...
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1/31/2016

My first commission!


Lots of things have happened since my last post which was pretty dark in feeling.

I recently fractured my back while working so I have been off for a month, healing. The physical therapy is helping A LOT. I can't say too much about it right now since it is a workers comp dealio.

So I've been thinking about getting back into blogging but I have this thing that I do...I really want to blog, but then I get to composing a post and then I write-and-write-and-write so much that by the end it's a flappin books worth. So, I'm going to keep things simple, short and sweet. That way I don't overwhelm myself, or the reader, with so many words.

I kept seeing posts on a Facebook group about commission spins where a grower sends a spinner fiber (raw or washed, but definitely skirted) and the spinner gets to keep a percentage of the fiber for themselves in exchange for sending a percentage of the spin yarn back to the grower. And the more I looked into it, the more I wanted to try it! So I joined up with the Facebook group "Spin a Pound, Get a Pound". It took several weeks to get the OK and become an "approved" spinner by their standards. Along the way, I've not heard very good things about the moderators, and the rules are extensive, but necessary and mostly common sense stuff.  I think I will not let the opinions of others (who may or may not have abided by the group rules) sway mine opinion until I have had my own experiences.
OOOooo yummay!

My first commission is a luscious three pounds of white Suri Alpaca blanket. The trade is 60/40, 60 going to the spinner. AWESOMESAUCE!! So generous!
The grower wants it dyed magenta so I am working on that today. It's been quite a bit of work just to get the fiber mostly clean, and some dirt is being stubborn.
Jacob/Alpaca

I've almost worked my way through three pounds of Jacob I acquired at last years Fiber Festival, stretching that by blending it with alpaca and spinning it very fine for lace. I plan to spin the Suri as a lace or fingering yarn since the grower said "spinners choice". So far I am feeling very good about it and I LOVE the feel of the Suri. I may just like this working for fiber thing!

Have wheel, will spin for fiber. LOL!






Until next time...

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