The Multiple Titled Post …

First of all, thank you so very much for all the spin and spindle love from the last post. The comments and private emails encouraged me to plan some “Meet The Maker” posts featuring the spindle makers so stay tuned for that.

Today’s post has multiple working titles — “In Support of an Instagram Fast”, “Nourish”, “Fast Finish”, “Spin, Spin, Spin” — titles which all make sense when I think of this week’s crafty finish. I can ramble on and on and on about Instagram, how much I love it, how many relationships I formed there, how much it upsets me at what the platform has become and how much I despise being at the mercy of an algorithm. What really got my attention was how much time I spent on the platform, how weary it was making me, how much the insta posting was not meeting my need to document my makes, reads or express my thoughts fully and how much I was not engaging in the creative pursuits I enjoy.

The push I needed came when I looked at the time record in my profile. I averaged 3 hours daily on the platform. To say I was shocked was an understatement — it never seemed that long in my mind, especially since I didn’t stay on in one long interval. I thought of all the mindless scrolling, all the comparison, the time wasted and I wasn’t happy. The weekend following my “revelation” I looked at the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”. That was it! I wouldn’t say more about the documentary but if you have a Netflix account, take a look then let me know — I’d love to hear what you think about it.

So I quit … cold turkey.

I’m still on the platform, my account is still active but I worked my way down from a 3 hours, 15 mins daily average to 15 mins in 10 days.

In the time I’ve quit mindless scrolling, I finished the spin featured in this post, taught myself to use a double drive spinning wheel, finished 2 books, started a crochet project, done some meal planning and cooked more. In other words — I nourished myself, had a fast spin finish, spun, spun then spun some more and am fully in favor of Instagram fasts — no matter how little a person uses the platform.

I’ll show you the crochet throw next week, it should be finished by then but in the mean time: here’s Comfort and Joy — spindle spun and plied (2 ply). The resulting yarn is definitely light fingering and all that’s left to finish the skeins is to wash them. From the almost 2.5 ozs, I got 422 yds in singles and 211 in 2 ply. Next task is to look for a worthy project.

Still Reading: The Raybearer and loving it!

Hope your week is going well and cheers for a good rest of it. ❤

Joining Kat and friends for “Unraveled Wednesdays” to see what everyone is crafting and reading.

Dyepot Stories: My Newest Crush

 errrr … fiber.  That’s all I can really say.  I know I should be dyeing yarn more than I have been but man, fiber is a new awesome medium and I’ve been having a blast.   I have been dyeing yarn too; right now I’m working on a custom dye color for a client.    But fiber …  LOLOL!  I want to think that this spinning obsession love I have is driving even my dyeing escapades.  If you’ve been on IG, you would have seen these before, but I’m putting them on the blog for posterity.

First Dive  BFL

This first braid is 100% bfl (bluefaced leicester).  I called this one “Mud Pie”.  It’s amazing the end result when I look at the colors I started with.  This is non repeatable because basically I just went to town with the colors.  LOLOL!  I can’t wait to spin this up in the Fall.

This one is a 100% Falkland (the breed that doesn’t exist as a sheep breed, but that’s another story) braid.  I call this “Elisa The Beach Bum”.  It was inspired by a beach photo posted on IG by my friend Elisa Dallomo.

This is “Crown Jewels”.  Another Falkland braid I did for my friend Kathy who’s been amazing with her encouragement for my spinning adventures.

Disco Was Murdered Falkland

And this neon psychedelic was inspired by two of my favourite T.V. guys — Shawn & Gus — from T.V. series Psych.  This one is named “Disco Was Murdered”.
Not to worry … some yarn got dyed solid,  the dark garnet was over from a natural dye experiment that faded fast and the hand painted one was just fun trying out a new hand painting technique.

Yarn Dyeing July 2015

So it’s not that I’ve been a slacker with the pots … just in posting here.  😉