I’m feeling pretty under the weather at the moment, so the darker shades of this fibre are pretty indicative of my overall mood and health.
Last week I started spinning one of the batts that I had treated myself to, with the hope that this week I would spend my evenings doing the same to leave me with two singles to ply together next week.
Unfortunately by Sunday I realised this was probably not going to happen. I woke up with that horrible grey feeling in my head that made me realise that ‘flu was on the way, and by the time Sunday evening rolled around I was shivering and hidden in bed feeling like I just wanted to sleep for a hundred years. When I woke up on Monday it hurt to sit up and every muscle in my body seemed to be punishing me for seemingly doing back-to-back triathalons in my sleep, followed by 12 rounds with a heavyweight boxer. I felt I had to go in to work on Monday morning to drop off and upload some files I had been working on, but once I’d managed that I came back home and got into bed.
Usually I’d hope to shake off the shivery and achy part of ‘flu after a couple of days and move towards the head cold and chest stages, but I’m on the third day in and I still feel like I have been marching for days because my leg muscles hurt so much, and I can’t bear to lift my arms above my head to even get things out of the cupboard, and I can’t sleep because I’m hot with fever through the night. Sadly this means there is absolutely no way that I could bring myself to try to operate the treadle of the spinning wheel as my leg muscles ache so badly, so I only have the one completed bobbin from the first batt spun last week and the pictures I took last weekend to show for it.
As you can see, I spun the first bobbin from dark through to light, ending with the white fibre. One thing I did notice when spinning the yarn was that some of the black fibre was slightly matted (as I think sometimes happens with saturated colours in fibre) but also that the white fibre contained far less angelina than the darker colours, so the colour change will also see a change in levels of sparkle, like lightning in a dark sky.
Sadly this spinning project has come to an abrupt halt whilst I am tucked up here in bed and I doubt it will get going again until at least next week. This site is likely to be rather quiet until I recuperate as I’m not feeling up to doing much more, but I have had a few recent requests for information about whether we’ll be having the annual Knitting & Crochet Blog Week this year, and my very quick and short answer is: of course!