4 March 2010

thoughts from Thursday evening

handspun

handspun

From the spinning wheel in the last couple of weeks. Two skeins spun from my hand dyed roving.

This week I'm spinning natural alpaca, straight from the animal. Well, not as in the alpaca is standing beside me as I spin, drawing out his fleece for me politely, but as in the fleece is freshly shorn, still full of dirt and bits of grass and is oh so very soft.

Semester started this week so I am knee deep in medieval manuscripts once again. This time our lectures are held in an ancient lecture theatre that is classified by the National Trust, which is kind of appropriate and certainly atmospheric. Unbelievably uncomfortable though, those steeply raked elderly wooden seats.

In other news I have an urgent longing to make soap. Why does my brain torment me thus? Why?!

21 comments:

Fioleta said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous, specially the top one.

Are there any medieval manuscripts on making soap? Maybe you can turn it into part of your studies.

Stomper Girl said...

Bring the ingredients and some recipes to craft camp. WE can all stand round and offer helpful advice while you boil and er.. whatever else you do to make soap.

LemonyRenee' said...

The handspun is simply gorgeous. I had to laugh about the urge to make soap. When I was in law school and just *slightly* overwhelmed and busy, I suddenly had an intense interest in bird watching. I think the mind likes to be its own master sometimes.

gis said...

Oh, the wool is really fantastic. Speaking of urgent needs while having no time, I would like to start spinning. Any suggestions about a good wheel to start with? (I guess I'll have to look for instructions somewhere and experiment, and I do have a spindle and have tried it).

Good luck with your courses: enjoy! Oh, and yes, old hystoric classrooms are beautiful but oh, so uncomfortable (narrow, uncomfortable, hard seats are a must).

Elizabeth said...

I love making soap and I haven't done it in so long! Watch someone else do it first (so you can properly time the 'trace' , which is tricky to judge on first go)

Oh and make a cushion for the hard lecture seats ( in your spare time!)

Jane said...

Can't help imagining a wondeful illustration to a craft book - you, and the alpaca standing helpfully by as you spin. It has the feel of a medieval illustration - something from the Lutterell Salter perhaps. Seems to tie up with the soap making too.
Sorry, Husband is a medievalist, the thinking kind of rubs off on one :-)

Isabelle said...

Do you know, I have never in my life had the urge to make soap? What does this feel like?

When I was a Guide, we had to do things with old bits of soap for Thrift badge. You squashed together lots of slivers and made -a big lump that fell apart when you tried to use it.

I don't think this can be quite what you have in mind.

Eleanor said...

Hehehe...just visited Anna in Sweden and was not at all surprised to find your commentbox there!

Regarding the soap, if you really want to stop being tormented by dreams of making soap I suggest you watch "Fight Club." Guaranteed.

librarygirl said...

When I was studying, I constantly was wanting to embark on time consuming fun projects that were nothing to do with study! So I don't study any more and it doesn't matter if I flit aimlessly from project to project (story of my life really.....)

froginthepond said...

This is where I want Willy Wonka tv so I could just grab the skeins.

And Eleanor's right, if you want to stop the soap-making urge. Eeegh.

katiecrackernuts said...

I've been itching to stitch - not just stitch, but stitch my own designs ... and yes, WHY! I Have Enough Already.

innercitygarden said...

Soap making would be perfect for craft weekend, because what you really need for soap making is to concentrate for about half an hour, which is tricky in a house with three kids a bloke n' dogs. A house My big tip is to use the silicon muffin trays.

pam said...

Your hand spun skeins from roving are simply beautiful. I envy you you skills.

Of course you want to make soap! And soon you will want to make something else, and something else.... It is the way of creative spirits. Never satisfied but to try a new adventure.

I am missing your sweet birds! Any time you want to record another song, I am waiting to enjoy it!

Lesley said...

Mmmm ... soap. I used to make soap, for years. I even made laundry soap in which I used to wash the kids' nappies. (I can't believe I actually really seriously did that.)
So clearly, looking at the whole soap-making phenomenon, it is something you just have to do when you are incredibly busy doing other stuff.

I love that bottom skein - the reds. Is it for sale? I'm after some lovely soft yarn to knit some baby bootees/socks.

Anonymous said...

I made the most gorgeous soap once - I was so happy with it & proud of myself. I can only use handmade lavender soap, or else I break out in a rash - I have the most fantastic soap maker at kinder with me (well, her girl & my boy are at kinder!) She does all the big Melbourne markets,umm, err, I almost forgot where this was leading...but she uses the same recipe I did, and the best bit is, I don't have to make my own anymore! (Although, making it was fun!)Siobhan/Shivi1

Uli said...

That wool looks beautiful.

And the image of the alpaca standing next to you while you spin his wool will remain with me for some time - in a good way.

RW said...

I do not share your desire to make soap. I am quite fascinated my the mention of medieval manuscripts.
The yarn is lovely.
Can't wait to hear about the photo gig.

Karen said...

Beautiful, beautiful yarn. Oh, go on. Make that soap. It'll be great, too!!!

herhimnbryn said...

Re the soap....Olive oil, not animal fats, I hope. I can't see you stirring a cauldron of lard!

zoesquid said...

Love both the skeins. Perfect colorways.
:)

MsCellania said...

The wool is lovely.
I made soap. ONCE. It was a wonderful thing to do. Expensive, too. The darn bars didn't suds up so I got pissy about it.
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