What Happened?

Posted in Black Sheep Handspinners Guild, handspun, knitting, made with handspun, spinning by tchemgrrl on January 4, 2013

I blinked and suddenly hadn’t posted in 2 months. Partly working on holiday-related projects, partly the spate of birthdays and Hannukahs and Hogswatches and Festivuses, partly a family-wide cold that lasted approximately one geologic age.

(A conversation with the toddler’s pediatrician 3 weeks in, a point at which Theo got mildly wheezy:)

Me: “We all have that cold that lasts forever right now.”
Her: “Ugh, everyone has it. Nobody can kick it in less than a month. What’s up with that anyways?”
Me: “When the medical professional is talking like that, you know it’s a special virus.”)

Now that gifts have been given and wellness is returning, I may actually be able to post regularly, again. In the mean time, enjoy the gift of a 37.5 pound vegetable that volunteered in a friend’s garden, enjoying a sweater that a 35 pound toddler refuses to wear:

squash sweater

And enjoy the gift of shameless promotion.

Roc Day, our guild’s annual fiber festival, is happening next Saturday, Jan. 12th. Info here. I’m in charge of the committee this year, which means that if you go and see a wool-ensconced blur, it’ll probably be me running around to make sure everything’s running smoothly and everyone is happy and verifying that the vendors are not sharpening their knitting needles in preparation of a turf war. You should come! Just don’t take sides in the turf war.


TdF Day 14

Posted in Black Sheep Handspinners Guild, spinning, Tour de Fleece by tchemgrrl on July 13, 2012

No picture today *gasp!*, family will be here and I’ll be socializing during my usual blogging time. I did another little bit of the rainbow yarn of the same size as the two balls in yesterday’s picture; getting one of those done per day, winding off, and prepping the next day’s fiber seems to be a perfect evening-filler. There are 7 of those units, all together, so I expect to be able to finish all the singles and ply before the Tour is over.

I have a guild meeting tomorrow and am hoping to get a bit more done, but we’ll see. About half the time at guild I get amazing amounts done, about half the time I get absolutely nothing done because I’m too busy seeing what everyone else is doing.

TdF Day 12

Posted in Black Sheep Handspinners Guild, spinning, Sweater for JJ, Tour de Fleece, WIP by tchemgrrl on July 11, 2012

TdF day 12

Left to right: Little bitty bit of the rainbow yarn, the two washed skeins of BFL SO PRETTY OMG, one plied and washed skein of extra singles that had been laying around for a while.

And I’m going to toot my own horn and show off the new section of the guild website that I was working on last night on my “rest day”: education. It’s still in progress, but we have all this amazing material from one of the original guild members, and the goal is to get all of it up with enough description to make it useful and somewhat Google-friendly. It’ll all be materials or articles by or about guild members. I’m only about a third of the way through the stuff I already have and when I’m done with that I’ll be headed to the local historical society to pick up more. I’m hoping that this will make the guild a good resource for spinners from all over. We’ll see.


Posted in Black Sheep Handspinners Guild, fun, spinning by tchemgrrl on June 13, 2012

Good things happening at my spinning guild lately.

1) Abby Franquemont is coming to the guild in November! I’ve been a fan of her spinning and writing since the long-ago days before Ravelry. Back then, she was on the largest spinning group on LiveJournal and I was but a raw newbie trying to spin laceweight Border Leicester because I didn’t know any better.

If you’re local and want some information about the class, I put it up on our guild website a while back. Registration will be available to non-members starting in August.

2) I’m teaching a class on working with hand dyed yarns this summer at the guild (probably August). I ran a class on this topic at our Roc Day celebration in January. This will be a refinement of that class, now that I know that yes, indeed, I *CAN* talk for 90 minutes straight on the topic without anyone drafting an inch. I’m narrowing the focus a little (avoiding the issue of batts entirely, frex). I’m adding more pictures and samples into my notes based on parts the Roc Day attendees thought confusing, and making some other minor adjustments to cope with talking to 32 people instead of 2. I really enjoyed the Roc Day class and it’s the kind of presentation that lends itself to a lot of other people talking about their experiences, so I’m wicked excited.

3) One of the guild members has been doing some amateur historian work on the origins of the guild and scanned a ton of beautiful notes, articles, and dye books collected by one of the founding members of the guild. Looking through the sheer quantity of knowledge is inspiring, and I’m really excited to put it on the guild website and get it out into the world. (I’ve only just started sifting through it but I’m hoping to have at least a skeletal “Spinner Education” type page up on the guild website before the next guild meeting in July. I may link to particularly cool things here too.)

I’ve been kind of a lump lately, but I feel like there are a bunch of things coming together that I’m finding very inspiring–the yarn swap, these activities at guild, some ideas for spinning and knitting project bubbling to the surface, some wonderful conversations with friends, yarnie and not.

There’s a lot of good stuff coming together and I’m happy about it.