|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
Sunday, July 20, 2003
WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING INSTEAD OF GETTING TANKED
Seems like everyone in the knit blog world is knitting summer tank tops. I can understand their appeal--quick to knit and not requiring much yarn. But you won't find me posting photos of my latest tank-in-progress. Why?
Reason #1: I live near the coastline, where the weather is mellow.
Reason #2: Tank tops violate the hospital dress code.
Reason #3: I have upper-arm flaps--you know what I mean!
Reason #4: Too much hair removal involved in the wearing.
Reason #5: I never met a tank top I liked.
So what have I been up to? Learniing the long draw:
Here's about 1.5lbs of the Jehovah Jireh Farm rovings, all spun bulky-weight using a long draw. This is a major spinning breakthrough for me; being a control freak, I have always spun everything using a short draw. I liked the firm grip above the drafting zone. But I was determined to make soft, lofty yarn--and voila! Another plus is that the spinning goes so FAST--all this yarn, plus a few skeins drying as I write, were whipped out in the past two weeks.
(And, despite the arm flaps, I am a fabulous beautiful woman, thank you very much!)