I do love blogging, although you’d never know it from this site. I used to be quite prolific, back in the days when Myspace was sort of cool. Alright..fine…maybe it did feel like a bad singles bar from time to time but at least you could admit having a myspace page. These days, even mentioning Myspace is like being found out by the cool kids that you once had a sleepover with that dork from elementary school who was a voracious nosepicker and dandruff farmer and who once peed their pants in the lunchroom in front of everyone. Admitting a Myspace page feels like step one to becoming a social pariah.
And then there’s Facbook which is sorta nice because my Great Aunt Bonnie is on it, and my Uncle Randy, and that dork from elementary school who turned out to be super hot and rich. Which is also why I would never blog there even if it were an option. I require a bit of anonymity for my blogging experience and even though this blog is supposed to be about yarn-which ought to be a fairly safe subject-I just don’t want to worry about censoring myself.
Onto the task at hand… Yarn, yarn, yarn. Would-be production spinners, heed my warning:
Before going into business, you’ll need to do five things. 1. Trade in your Saxony style wheel for a Castle so that you’re not sitting crooked. 2. Find a deep tissue massage therapist who makes you scream for a break in the first 10 minutes and set up a weekly appointment until you retire. 3. Meet with a physical therapist in advance and follow their prescribed exercise regimen precisely and expect to be back several times a year at least. 4. Find an ergonomist in the yellow pages and make an appointment to have them watch you while you spin. Take their advice, even if you have to spend way too much money on a good chair or expensive lumbar roll. 5. Buy one of those back-nobber thingies so that you can work on your own trigger points.
Of course, it would have been super cool to have known this in advance. Heck, it would be super cool if I followed my own advice! As it is, I’ve only made it to two massage appointments in the past three months even though I promised myself I’d do it weekly and think of it as a business expense. I have the egonomist’s number but haven’t made the call. I do follow a stretching regimen and that helps immensely and I’m surprised I haven’t broken the backnobber yet.
So I’ve been spinning up a storm and I totally love it. I did a bunch of handpainting last week and am now working on spinning up the 8 pounds of colorful roving. Although I usually start dyeing with at least a partial list of colorways I need to create, this time I just decided to wing it. As it turns out, I’m longing for spring because 4 out of 5 colorways were bright, cheerful, contained pastels, and were very “spring-ish.” I’ve included some of the photos below.
What I want to do now is book more yarn parties. I wish I could do one every week! I’ve had a dreadful time figuring out how to market them and find more hosts or hostesses. If anyone has any idea on how to spread the word and find yarn junkies who want to invite all of their fiber addicted friends over for a couple of hours of fun with a genuine yarn maker who has a plethora of yummy fiber goodness to squeeze, drool over, and purchase….please do let me know.