i haven't kept track of how far along we are with the tour. i watched a bit this morning. the past 2 stages have been in the region of france where my mother grew up (and where half of my gene pool comes from.) this morning's stage in fact started just 15 miles from where my mother grew up. when we visited our grandparents, once we got to St. Girons I knew it was just a relatively short yet precarious ride up the mountain.
anyway, i've made some spinning progress.
these are from a couple of days ago. but still you get the idea.
with the tour starting on a saturday, i thought i'd accomplish a lot more spinning than i did. but this past weekend was a busy one with the chores. i don't have fun anymore. during the work week, i work. and on the weekends i do chores. it's just as well, it's been humid and clammy with an upcoming heat wave (by definition, 3 or more days of 90+ temperatures), so i'm pretty miserable and whiny. i might as well do chores. blah.
but i did do some spinning.
i finished 2 oz of spunky eclectic's bfl in dijon. and it is such an awesome color. it is making me very happy. i plan on finishing the other 2 oz in the next day or so and then plying.
Tomorrow is the official start of Tour de Fleece, the spinning "race" that runs in conjunction with the Tour de France. If you aren't familiar with the Tour de France, let's just say it's the World series, the Wimbledon of bicycle racing. It's a month long, almost daily bicycle race that takes place mostly in France and is grueling and nuts. It is a big deal.
Both of my parents grew up in France, both of them coming to the US in their late teens/early 20's, and I grew up watching the Tour on television when we visited and later lived in France. My father was an amateur bicycle racer in his younger days, at 82 he still has cyclist calves (which I think he partially comes to naturally because I have them too), so his passion for the Tour was and still is intense.
With regards to the Tour de Fleece, I know a lot of people watch the Tour while spinning. I just use this time as a push to spin more. I love spinning but I can go months without doing it. So it's a nice excuse to start up again.
This year, I plan on taking up where i left off probably last year. I have a big bag of Hello Yarn patchwork -- a pound or so of her odds and ends -- so you know it's awesome -- that i'm spinning for a project that I've been thinking about for awhile.
all of these colors are from the same bag. the fiber looks like clouds to me.
i would also like to spin some Spunky Eclectic in Dijon and Friends Forever for another project that I've spinning for.
tonight i'm going to dust off the wheel.
I missed yesterday! Oh well. It was a busy day.
I left the house at 8:15 for a haircut. The downside to short hair is monthly haircuts. Especially when it grows as fast as mine. But it was well worth it.
Then I headed out to the New England Fiber Festival in West Springfield, MA. It's a nicely organized smallish festival with a lot of the same vendors that were at Rhinebeck without the mania. I fell in love with a gorgeous felted messenger bag by Julia Hilbrandt . More than I planned on spending but it was so perfect that I couldn't resist. IT HAD TO COME HOME WITH ME! (I'll try to take pictures of it ASAP).
There was of course all of the yarns and fibers. And ALPACAS!
After the festival, I stopped by my sister-in-law's for a family birthday part. 'Tis the season and all that.
We finally got home around 10pm. A fun yet busy day!
a tradition here in blog land is to do a rundown of what we made the previous year. an inventory, if you will.
so i spent a few hours on new years eve going through my flickr stream and making a little photo mosaic of what i made. and here is the result.
i did a shit ton of spinning! well for me anyway. and i knit 6 pairs of socks! which surprised me. i really didn't feel as if i'd made that many, considering that the last pair took forever. there are some other things i made that aren't here that are sekret. that i can't show you. and the end of the year was spent doing some swatching. i worked on a couple of blankets that also aren't here because they aren't finished. but i did finish one crocheted blanket. it's still sitting in a box in my hall. i haven't given it to the recipients yet.
i was very excited to see joan and gale's book Craft Activism come out (i planned on doing a review months ago and time has gotten away from me. but i will in 2012). it is fantastic (it has the accolades to prove it -- Library Journal and Amazon chose Craft Activism for their Best Books of 2011 lists). and i was very proud to see my name come up in the acknowledgements. that doesn't happen too often in my day job - i'm just kind of expected to be awesome all of the time (ha!)- so it was kind of exciting for me. i'd like them to start another one so i can help them again. (oh i'm not kidding).
for 2012, i don't make crafty resolutions. i've got a couple of other sekret projects in the planning stages and i'd like to self publish some things that are roaming around in my head. i'd like to finish the blankets that i've started (not that we need them as it's 50 DEGREES TODAY WITH NO SNOW ON THE GROUND IN JANUARY IN NEW ENGLAND!!!) and i'd like to learn how to weave. i bought a loom over a year ago and i've yet to try it. gah! and i plan on writing more crafty book reviews. i love books. they are so pretty.
so that's it! happy new year everyone!
in the cycling world, it's tour de france month. it's certainly the most famous cycling race in the world, and argueably the most challenging. and in my family, well with my dad anyway, IT'S A PRIORITY! heh. he was an amateur cyclist in his youth, and even today .. at 80 years old ... my dad still rides his bike. so i grew up reading about, watching, hearing about "le tour."
in solidarity, i don't get on a bike and ride. no, that would be better for me. heh. but i have been spinning. because it's also tour de fleece month.
my goal for the tour was to spin something every day. this is what i've made so far.
brain freeze bfl
chocolate cherries bfl
all of this fiber is by spunky eclectic that i've accumulated over time. i'm spinning them the same because i have a giant project in mind for later.
there's more coming.
something's been bugging me lately. nothing too serious. just a little nagging thing.
i have no idea where all of my time goes.
i work a regular 40 hour a week job with some commuting time but since i've been living in the city, it's probably no more than an hour or two tops a day. i don't have kids. i live in a 400 square foot room. (omg i'm in college again!!!!) so you would think i had tons of free time to do whatever it is that i want to do!
and the thing is i do! but i seem to have nothing to show for that time. in the time it's taken me to knit one pair of socks or two, my friend chawne has made blankets and spun and quilts and all sorts of shit. and there are others out there just like her. and i'm wondering, what is it that i'm doing or not doing that makes me so unproductive. do i play too many iphone games? do i need to step away from the computer more? limit my time on pinterest? or do i sleep too much?
now, in addition, i'm starting to slowly gain back all of the weight i had lost in the fall, and that makes me sad and slow and tired. so i know that i need to exercise more. which i know will just eat more time away from my crafty pursuits. heh. (it's been suggested that i knit and walk but i'm not 100% sure that would really work).
anyway, all of this is more rhetorical than anything. i just have to figure things out i guess. procrastinate less. do more.
in the meantime, i'm taking photos of red things because on top of everything else, IT'S ONLY NOW THAT I'M BLOGGING ABOUT THIS YEAR'S PROJECT SPECTRUM!!!!
i tend to love all colors (well expect for baby pink, barbie doll peach and beige) and i'll obsess about certain colors for a bit -- such as mustardy yellow or aqua. but red is my favorite color. it was no accident that this beautiful quilt includes so much red or that i drive a red car.
so yeah that's about it.
the other day, i said i would look forward from now on. no looking back. but one aspect of my life that didn't suck ass was my crafty life.
i wasn't super productive, but i did try a few things. i became obsessed with cross stitch, and i started my first quilt. i knitted a few pairs of socks, spun some wool. i self-published the very braidy cowl and the oh jamie, my jamie socks. i had two patterns published in crochet today: your nana's potholders and the petal pillows. and the secret design projects i had been working on the summer of 2009, finally appeared this fall in Knitting It Old School: sunshine day and the go go granny (my personal favorite). and i had the opportunity to work with gale zucker and joan tapper on their latest collaboration as project manager, photo assistant and stylist, chicken wrangler, sample knitter and crocheter and mitten model. it was great fun. well most of it. wearing wool mittens in 90 degree weather was a challenge. heh.
i lost my mojo for a couple of months, but over all i had a crafty good time. i plan on more of the same in 2011.