Back At It

It’s been a few months since I did a YOP (Year of Projects) post but I’m back to posting in this space. I figured today is as good a day as any to get started so here’s a bit of an update.

My uncle passed after a 5 year battle with his illness and although I knew it was coming, dealing with it was tougher for me than I anticipated it would be. He was in his 80’s and lived a good life but I’m guessing you all know how grief can be and how different it can feel with each loss. After his funeral, although I wasn’t posting, I spent time looking at my Sigma 21 list and working on my spinning goals. The hat in my last post still isn’t completed, I didn’t even have the bandwidth for that simple project. Spinning was what I needed craft-wise so I did a lot of it.

This project was started at the beginning of COVID quarantining. I powered through recently to finish the 3rd bobbin for my first 3 ply skein. The bobbins are still resting, I’m leaving all of my finished singles until Memorial Day weekend and make that weekend a plying one.

The other project that occupied my time was a mini batt series from the nuns of Inglenook Fibers. I have a fondness for the fiber work they do and love spinning their fiber. This series I spindle spun and these are also waiting to be plied.

I’ll give all the details on each of these projects when they become F.Os — fiber details, content, all of it.

The other thing that has been grounding me recently is tending to my garden and fixing up the balcony space I now have. On the very expensive East coast, getting an apartment with outdoor space is a huge deal because of the cost and the fact that most of them in my area do not come with outdoor space. To be able to have one now has been a joy (now that the weather’s allowing me to be outside 😀 I’ve done a little decorating and am getting ready to move my crop of pepper, kale, basil, mint, tarragon and tomato seedlings outside in addition to some impatiens, dahlias, and petunias. On top of that, I’m repotting many of my indoor plants, most of which I bought while on lock-down in 2020, they have mostly outgrown the containers they came in so it’s time to give them new homes.

Here’s a look at my little balcony update:

To say that gardening has been therapeutic is an understatement. It’s going to be lovely sitting outside, enjoying the space, crafting, reading or just being.

That’s all from me today, here’s wishing you all a lovely week ahead! ❤

The Birthday Edition: Keep Going …

Today’s my birthday so I thought it would be a great day to really bring my blog back.  I could complain about how life has been in 2019 but it’s not even worth it.  There are things happening that I can’t even give voice to but that’s life.  My goal is to persevere and be grateful regardless of what else is going on.

The other reason I figured I’d start documenting here again is that although I love(d) Instagram, the current silencing of BIPoC (Black Indigenous People of Color) is really getting to me.  The supremacists and racists are getting all kinds of passes on that platform and sometimes it’s just too much to deal with. When social media gets to the point where people’s physical lives are threatened and they have to leave Instagram for the safety of themselves and their families, I’m out.   I’ll fight for and with the pro-social justice warriors but I don’t want to spend whatever time I have fighting with people who are not interested or willing to stop devaluing black and brown bodies in all the ways they do.

The older I get, the more some things become priority and arguing with irrational people is not one of them.  As my mother always says “the very word irrational tells you when to walk away.  You can never have a rational conversation with an irrational mind.” When I type here, document my life and my crafting here, it’s for me. Those who want to engage do so and frankly, this is a space I can control to a higher degree than I can on Instagram.  If no one engages, it’s still for me.

So I’m back here.  In my tiny spot on the net.   Anti-racist, anti-supremacist, anti-capitalist, pro-social justice, inclusive, pro-intentional living, examiner of my own privilege and without a doubt, PRO-craft.  This used to be a primarily a craft blog, now think of it as a mish-mash of my life.  Think of it as the electronic diary of my life — which incidentally is what it started as.  So here on my birthday, I’ve come full circle — well at least with what this blog will serve as.

On the craft front, there’s been nothing but spinning, spinning, spinning.   I don’t think I’ve knit 1 stitch for the year so far — no lie!  With a lot that happened this year, I didn’t have time to sit and think about patterns, it’s been easy to sit at my desk, stand on the train, chill outside waiting for friends or my favorite cousin (Sabs) and spin.  And spin. And spin.

Some of my WIPs include:

These tiddly bits that I made from a neon braid purchased from Mirla Fiber Arts

This is a long term project.  I’m a migraine sufferer and can’t take my meds for the foreseeable future so this project is my stress reducer at work.

This one is a fun spin.  BFl locks carded with merino from my friend Amber Helena   I’m almost done with the last rolag she sent, after that, it’s a wrap on my Andean ply tool then a 2 ply spin.

This one is super special.  My friend Elisa Dallomo sent this spindle to me as a self-care “you got this” gift while I deal with some serious health issues.  The spindle is a pleasure to spin on but the confidence she has that I’ll be fine in the end makes this project even more pleasurable ❤

This project is another one that I’m not rushed about.  In August, I added a mini electric wheel to my fleet of wheels and this spin is just to test out that machine.  With a wheel that small, at the cost of a spindle, there were bound to be some issues.  I don’t mind testing it out at all — the review will come once I’m done the spin and all the recommended hacks.

So yes, I’ve been busy … still spinning/crafting (and working on a secret project 😉 ) despite my absence and quiet in this space.  I’ll wait until next time to tell you about my spindle loving obsession. 😆  Yep … same ole me.  When I jump in, I’m all in!  😆

Hope you’ve been well and I’d love to catch up with you in the comments  ❤

xoxo & keep crafting,

Nicky