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Another week has passed as quickly as the blink of an eye.  My main project this week has been learning to use a spindle.  I began my adventures into spinning by a trip to the library to check out Intertwined by Lexi Boeger and Color in Spinning by Deb Menz.  The Boeger book I have already renewed once.  I have to admit that so far I have really only been flipping through these books and my intention is to actually read more of them before they need to be returned.  I was ready to make my own spindle and watched several tutorials on ideas for making them but then I received a surprise from my Sis-in-law Velma(three cheers for Velma! Hip hip hurray!I can’t thank you enough!) and now I have my very first spindle! What would a spindle be without fiber?  Well Velma also took care of that and sent me a beautiful bunch for fiber(see pics).  I was tad reserved about jumping in and using the beautifully colored fiber so I dug out the small bag of fiber I picked up at the Torrance festival.  Next I watched several You Tube videos. This one and this one by Abby Franquemont got me started with the spindle. You can see my first single ply in the pics below. Next I re-watched this video Velma made for YouTube. This gave me the courage to try my ColorBomb creations fibers.  I also joined up for the Spin-A-Long for Colorbomb Creation fibers on Ravelry(you need to be a member of Ravelry to see this link). After watching this video by Megan LaCore, I plied the two strands together, thus giving me my first two ply art yarn. I know I watched another video but I can’t seem to find it now but they gave a tip about running the single ply through the handle of a coffee mug to help with the tension.  Look through some of the other videos on YouTube and you might find it.  There is SO much information out there just try a few searches.  Now I just need to figure out how to set the twist and I’m good to go! There is a lot I still need to learn and I am looking forward to the journey. So I don’t get too wordy I am going to stop here and show you the visual yumminess of yarn now in my home.

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This morning is the first day I have not had a pounding headache in days(have had a head-cold).  I reheated leftover coffee from yesterday, the perfect amount for one large cup.  Made my way to the computer to check my emails.  I usually take a peak at headlines and saw something about an animal video so I clicked the link to check it out.  I didn’t find it very funny.  THEN this one played and I found it hilarious and inspiring.   Maybe it is just because I am still waking up, but it made me laugh and I replayed it too!  Made me think, “hey, if this bird can get this kind of exercise for over 2 minutes straight then I can too!”  Now granted I know I need to exercise for more than 2 minutes straight but my POINT is I am left feeling inspired and light-hearted.  What a great way to begin a day.  I hope this does the same for you.  We need more good-natured laughter in the world.


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This past week has felt like a roller-coaster.  

roller-coaster ride image from Photobooth

roller-coaster ride image from Photobooth

Come on, admit it, you have them too!  One minute you’re up…the next you’re down….hang on tight for the corner….the expected, yet somehow unexpected, drop out from under you….then you coast again.  I wasn’t feeling well and got a text from a friend to look outside my door.  I looked outside and there was a hot coffee from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.  There was also a 10 day pass to a local yoga studio!  What a perfect combination for me.  Many thanks dear-heart!!!

 

A major task this week has been paperwork.  I managed to complete two of the six major ones I have to finish.  So back to the papers for me after I upload this blog.  Two down, four to go!  The cat has been an added incentive to finish the mound o’ papers. She decided to climb all over the piles on my desk to wake me up.  The sound of falling pages definitely got me out of bed!

Thought I had completed my second painting but a day later I noticed a detail I left off.  So that is back into the rotation.  Won’t take long to remedy, but I will need a steady hand for the fine detail.  I like to work on multiple projects at the same time, so I will begin my third and  fourth at the same time.

Another boost to my week was $20 dollars for Valentine’s treats.  So, I decided to buy some hair dye and have some fun.  I was going to try to do it myself.  I scoured the web looking for 2-tone hair color pictures.  I even tried You Tube.  I managed to find a few pointers on how to do the process.  I am very grateful for my girlfriends!  This time it was Jeanine to the rescue!  She came over and colored my hair for me.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to go to the salon because I LOVE the hair-stylist I have, (she is AWESOME at her art), but that visit just is not in my current budget.  BUT, having girl-time and $15 dollars was in my budget this week!  Priceless! Thanks again Jeanine!

two-tone hair

two-tone hair

This is the back view when braided.  Just a fun thing to try, at least once in my life.  So many things to experience. 

I’m grateful that the sun is shining and it is a beautiful day.  I am also grateful to have all of you in my life.  Thanks !

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Yesterday evening as I sipped chai with my friend Marie, I began to share some of the new things I discovered while online.  I told her that I would forward her the information.  She asked me if the links were on my blog.  I thought about it for a second and said I really should do that!  I’m not sure if venturing this way will make my blog go in too many different directions but I am going to try for awhile.  Feels right at this moment and as I am focusing on living in the present….here I go!  

My fiber work keeps me researching new patterns, techniques, and various groups for fiber arts.  More ideas for my hat-making Resolution. While browsing some groups on Ravelry.com I saw a mention of this YouTube on TINY knitting.  Check it out!

This is a video of some VERY small needle work. Miniature Knitting by Althea Crome, her website is bugknits.com. Continuing with my fascination with needles and hooks here is another YouTube I found inspiring.

Now I want to make dolls or marionettes…ah so many inspiring things in life!

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