Friday, September 22, 2006


First of all, I passed my first general exam! Yay! One officially down and boy am I glad I don't have to do it over again. Not that I was really worried, but if I didn't have the occasional nonsensicalfear that I wouldn't pass, then I'd hardly be an academic, now, would I?

I also don't think I failed spinning class. The fibers are twisting, and that's all about all I need to start with, right? I certainly have a lot to learn about drafting and not over-twisting and many things I've never heard of, but with so much encouragement and enabling out here in blogland, I'm probably going to keep working at it.

Here I am (dressed for cold, wet day that ended sunny and warm) trying to figure out how to hold the roving, how much to hold, where to hold it, why I'm holding it sideways instead of up and down: in other words, all the oddities that come with learning new movements.

Newbie spinning

I wasn't sure I wanted to reveal my extreme beginner's "yarn" to the world, but then I discovered that when you set the camera on macro and have the CD part of this little CD+dowel spindle as background, you get a interesting picture, regardless of the quality of the yarn found therein.

Beginner's yarn
(Rather neat, isn't it!)

To those of you celebrating the Jewish New Year, L'shana Tovah (Happy New Year!), and to the rest, have a wonderful weekend! it's traditional to celebrate the new year by dipping apples in honey, so Coffeeboy and I are going to celebrate by going apple picking. (Chances are, some of those apples might not-so-spontaneously jump into a pie in the near future, too.) I hear a rumor that the Coffeeboy is at home making some challah, too, which will be a wonderful treat for this weekend! I hope to somehow find time for all this plus plenty of knitting and equally plenty of reading.


Julia said...

Hey, you made yarn! That's pretty cool! I love the little rainbow in the picture.

Sheepish Annie said...

Love the challa!!! Enjoy! Your yarn looks great and congrats on passing the first general exam. You're on your way!

rose said...

Congrats on passing the exam. L'shana Tovah to you & Coffeeboy. The spinning looks great. Cherish your first yarn, and in a few months, take another look at it and see how much progress you've made.

keri said...

How cool, your yarn looks great!

I love apple picking, I miss having an orchard nearby.