Happy Belated Mother’s Day

May 12, 2008 @ 12:51 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc


Flowers from my boys Hey there Mothers – hope you had a happy day yesterday! The weather was (and still is!) glorious here in Munich and I had a pretty laid back day. No spinning (NO SHIPMENTS YET, I’m DYING HERE!!!), some sock knitting, and playing with my sweet boys. They are both getting the hang of using the toilet, which is a gift enough for me! They made me my first gift at kindergarten (preschool in Germany) and it nearly brought me to tears. They probably had lots and lots of help from the teachers and older kids, but still, I think it really shows a lot of personality. We immediately hung it up on our wall in the sunshine. I will always smile when I see them.

I broke down today and had to play with my wheel. It’s been a week or so since I have spun anything up. I waxed and oiled it up and it is running very well and super quiet, you can barely even hear any movement! I tried again with the Ashford corriedale and merino that I bought and for some weird reason, I CANNOT spin those up. I don’t know what it is. I get so frustrated and think that I can’t spin anymore and then I pick up something else and everything goes well. What is it about this fiber that doesn’t work with me? I really don’t understand. I was hoping to use this fiber as “play” fiber, but it really doesn’t work. Maybe I’m too inexperienced? I am spinning up the squoosh fiber that I have and trying to get sport/dk weight. I’m also playing around with a faster ratio (finally breaking in that smaller whorl) and wowee is it fast. I have to constantly remind myself to treadle slower.

Since today (Monday) is a holiday, I’m hoping that tomorrow will yield some fiber shipments. Can y’all please put some pressure on the Deutsche Post to bring me my freaking fiber??? At the very least, my parents are coming this week so I have mucho fiber then, and that is guaranteed. :)

Comments (4)

4 Comments

Comment by Sarah

Made on Monday, May 12th, 2008 @ 1:34 pm

Hmm, maybe it’s just a mental block? You’ve already spun up some “hard” fibers for beginners to spin, so I’m not sure why merino/corriedale would give you trouble. I’ll bet you just need to talk yourself into it. C’mon, you can do it!

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 @ 11:05 am

Awwww….how cute!

I got really frustrated, too, after finishing the optim and then trying to spin the merino batt. Anyway, haven’t been spinning…but I bought some petroleum jelly and I’m going to try lubing my wheel with that. I’ll see whether it will work better than the oil.

Comment by Linnea

Made on Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 @ 12:40 pm

I have fiber for you!!

I’ll put it in the mail tomorrow. Your spinning is so good I’m not sure I should spin fingering weight for you anymore! It’s so pretty. You’re going to love it.

Comment by Knitting Bandit

Made on Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 @ 7:49 am

I was just thinking this Mother’s Day that now that my three boys are teenagers, I really miss these sweet “gooey with love” little gifts that they poured all their love into at school. Sweet spoons, may they live a long life showing off on your fridge.



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