Saturday, February 24, 2007

There are so many things that I am learning these days. The older I get, the dumber I feel. Maybe not 'dumb', just feeling the weight of what I do not know. One example is processing fleece. Not harder than I thought, acually easier!!! The challenges are in producing the yarn that my minds eye envisioned. That's tough. So many steps in the process before you even get to the plying phase so you can see what you have got.

Brother is knitting up to about 3-4 st/in. That is a lot heavier than I had wanted. That's OK. I'm gonna finish plying the 2 bobbins I have (for 2 skeins) and make dh some Liz Zimmerman moc socks from Knitting Around. So, for my 2nd round in sampling, I am going to card with more particularity and spin MUCH finer. Also, I am going to separate the colors for different projects. I'll keep you posted.

Another example in what I am learning, is that I need lots of things to keep me stimulated. Why is that? Who knows. Anyway, I am now researching to find a pattern for a hooded pullover for my son. I'm gonna use that pound of Chestnut roving that I went on and on about a while back. Finished that up and just need the perfect pattern to set it off for my boy. That's all I need. Another project on the needles. I have been knitting like a fiend on the Koigu Keepsake shawl. I finally feel connected to it. I still might not finish it in 2 years.

I still haven't figured out what to make with some of my other stash yarn. I really don't like having yarn hanging around with no plan for it. For example, I have some GORGEOUS Noro Silk Garden. Luscious. If I had 10 skeins of it, I'd make a sweater. But, no. I only have 4. 2 in 2 different colors each. Maybe a tank top? I have more another huge batch of Noro somthing or other that I have had forever, and can't figure out what to do with it. It is cotton. Depressing. I like finished projects.

On the homeschooling front, I am doing the required standardized testing for Mia right now. I have her at the K level and am doing 1st grade work. The testing is going OK, but I am concerned. I hate that. She is the happiest kid around and I don't want her to feel my anxiety over HER performance. God is good. He has called us to this life. We will persevere. I sometimes get a wee bit discouraged when I see my childs special needs in living color.

That's the toughest thing I am learning right now. How to just 'go with' something. I want so much for my children (don't we all). I want to just enjoy the time I have with each of them. Not worry about it they will go to college or be a valeditorian in thier classes.

Well...... This all sounds 'gloomy' but I don't mean it to be. But, I am content. I will keep stitching and keep working on my school here. Pray for us. Gotta go feed the chitlins. The natives are starting to get restless!!! Cate


Diana said...

Are you getting any sleep? I can't believe you've just bought that fleece and now you're knitting with it! I am so amazed. I don't understand the disappointment. You should be so proud of that cleaning, carding, spinning, and plying and knitting! Whew!! Of course I'll never catch up!

IndigoMuse said...

Sounds like you're being hard on yourself both on the fiber and family front. The spinning looks great, even if its not exactly what you wanted. Keep in mind that sometimes fiber tells US what it wants to be (not always the other way around) - LOL! And it also sometimes works the same way with kids too. You're right to turn it over to God and keeping doing your very best :)