Gotta love Mondays.
Ugh. So much for my wishing for summer sun to return to our area, right? LOL! It’s Sandy folks and she’s headed our way. I just learned this morning that our area was told to evacuate…so we’re here waiting her out. So far so good though. Apparently, we are above the train tracks where the creek is here, at the highest point in New Castle. So, we shall see…
I’m actually much more worried about what’s going on at the mill right now. Natural disasters have been the bain of its existence for years now. And the mill has been depending on volunteers and the generosity of visitors and members to get by. With the waters levels rising so high around the area, I wonder how it’s doing.
Still, I thought it might be a good time to let you in on a little secret! As the newest, freshly-minted board member at the mill (you like how I slipped that in, right? ;) ), I have been playing around with the idea of changing the look of the mill’s website and having it hosted on WordPress. I’m tossing that out to the other members as a, you know, “What if?”
Here’s a look at a banner I’m using at the moment.
At some point, I’d love to change that into one of those slide show plug-ins. It’s on my wish list.
The idea to begin a new one stemmed from the fact that the current site, in my opinion, didn’t reflect the fun that I have when I visit the mill and I wanted to see a site that did that without losing the content. Although there is a lot of history being portrayed there, the mill is a much fresher place to me. It also needed to show that there are things that are going on at the mill all the time (which definitely can’t be seen by driving by the mill from the road). More than that, it’s a way for us to have better access to the information that goes out and get things updated a little more timely amongst us. Of course, it would need to have its own domain name and be moved to WordPress.org and self-hosted at some point (something I’ve never tried, but am willing to learn). It also needs more bells and whistles. That all requires time and money. So, this is just a work in progress-a beta version, if you will. But, I’d love it if you all could be part of this and head over, click around, compare the new project to the current site and give us some feedback there? This is a project that is close to my heart, so thanks in advance to all of you who check it out!
In the meantime, here in New Castle, I’m wishing I had went to get those Hiya Hiya dpns from Stitches With Style when I had the chance for my lace bag. I’m pretty bold when I need to be. But I ain’t goin’ out in that!
That’s not good English, but you get my meaning, lol. Course, hubby says to go take a pic later on tonight! This is supposed to be the calm before the storm y’all. Yuck.
At any rate, the stitches started coming off the sides of the needles as I was knitting. Argh!! I do have some metal dpns. They just usually bother my wrists. Meh. Either I’ll work through the wrist issues or I’ll find something else to knit on in the meantime. Since I have not worked on any Christmas knitting-at all-now would be a good time to start, I guess. I did start a simple, lime green scarf…but I kinda like that for me, lol. It’s lime green! What do you expect? :)
Yesterday, I did get to spin a little though. I have been noticing in the bowl where I leave my newest handspun skeins that there is beginning to be some variety and I like that! So, I tried something that I have wanted to try since I started spinning. A low-twist single!
Low-twist singles, like a lot of things come easier to some and not so easily to others. They’ve always intimidated me simply because when I first started spinning, I had to err on the side of over-twisting to get a length to stay together. As you keep spinning, and your handspun gets more stable, you learn how to adjust that to get the yarn to relax a little more. You learn to hold back that extra twist until you need it (like for making sock yarns or cabled yarns). But yesterday I actually sat down to read the ebook Spin Control by Amy King of Spunky Eclectic (a place I have yet to order fluff from!) and there was this beautiful skein of laceweight singles just sitting there on the screen. Of course, you know, I just had to try it!
And, all of a sudden, I was thrust back into the land of “Just get it to hold together!” LOL!
The trick with low-twist singles is you have to find some kind of sweet spot where it’s not too much twist and not too little either. Yeah. Where the heck is that?!
Your guess is as good as mine. But, I do like that Spin Control doesn’t give you exacts on how to achieve it. It gives you more of a goal to aim toward. For low-twist singles, the suggestion was around 2-3 twists per inch. That suggestion worked out for me. However I get that 2-3 twists per inch is however I get it. So, I still get to spin based on the feeling of it rather than strict rules (rather than set your ratio to this and treadle like this…blah, blah, blah). Nice!
And I like how this came out!
Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t have tried this on colored fiber. That’s my good stuff! So, I suppose grays are good for something. ;)
Well, I can hear Sandy beating on the windows…
So I’ll save this before she gets mad at all the fun I’m having in the dark.
For those of you who are also weathering Sandy, be safe, okay?