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Cassie

Lovely in all of its brief perfection. Beautiful post, thanks.

Juno

I love moonflowers - the scent in the night, my god - and am full of happy envy that you got to catch that miraculous explosion of life.

Kellee

Beautiful, thank you.

margene

What a lovely way to feel grounded. Cara said it so well in my comments how nature has awesome power, for good and ill.

mamacate

Yes. It does feel like the world has changed. Again.

As for prognosticating and spinning, I think that's a whole part of the spinning skill that you learn. Kind of like "ooh, what lovely multicolored yarn--ewwww, pooling!" With a roving like that, heathered is about the most dramatic you're going to get. Try swatching though--sometimes I'll love something in the roving, hate it in the yarn, and like it again knitted up. Just another adventure. :)

Cordelia

Just a prosaic comment about the spinning: the yarn (single?) looks lovely on the blog. It's too bad it isn't turning out the way you wanted...

Martha

I think the single looks lovely, too, and I bet when you knit it up the barber's poles will go away.

Thanks for the moonflower! I needed that.

--Deb

I think the singles look like they're lovely, but entirely understand that the colors aren't blending the way you'd hoped. (Or rather, that they're blending too much in the way you'd hoped they wouldn't!) But yes, I've been feeling guilty about our perfect weather this week, too....

Cara

Crap. I've GOT to get to your garden. Everything around here is dead. Deader than dead. And I really want to take some GORGEOUS photographs. I NEED flowers.

Right there with you on the weekend feelings. I was torn between finally feeling a bit better with my own issues and beyond distraught at the events unfolding before my eyes.

claudia

My, my, we are a judgmental little spinner, aren't we?

Rarely does a yarn not have a good use.

Carole

You could always send that yarn to Cassie if you're really unhappy with it. I hear she's lucky for leftovers for her weaving. ;-)
On a serious note, this was a great post. You summed up my feelings exactly and the flower photo is incredibly beautiful in its simplicity.

Lee Ann

Keep on keepin' on with the spinning, because if that's mud, I'd sure roll in it. I think it's beautiful, and I can't wait to see it plyed and swatched. Don't put the heart behind the course...I mean the arse before the...Ahem. Nevermind. Just take it to its natural conclusion and try it out before you cry "mud."

fillyjonk

"survivor's guilt"

that's exactly what I've been feeling - a strange mix of gratitude/elation and "I don't deserve this" when I turn on the tap and have fresh clean water come out, or when I lie down in my nice soft dry bed.

I mean, I've done what I can to help out (and hope to be able to do more) - but still it doesn't seem like "enough" somehow.

And yet, then again, our time here is short - too short, really, to spend it feeling miserable because you happened, this time, to be spared the agony others have.

So I don't know. I go in and teach and my class is wonderful, and I walk out elated. I flip through my pattern books and find fifteen things I want to start, and I'm inspired. But then I hear the news and it all seems almost presumptuous for me to be so happy...

fillyjonk

"survivor's guilt"

that's exactly what I've been feeling - a strange mix of gratitude/elation and "I don't deserve this" when I turn on the tap and have fresh clean water come out, or when I lie down in my nice soft dry bed.

I mean, I've done what I can to help out (and hope to be able to do more) - but still it doesn't seem like "enough" somehow.

And yet, then again, our time here is short - too short, really, to spend it feeling miserable because you happened, this time, to be spared the agony others have.

So I don't know. I go in and teach and my class is wonderful, and I walk out elated. I flip through my pattern books and find fifteen things I want to start, and I'm inspired. But then I hear the news and it all seems almost presumptuous for me to be so happy...

fillyjonk

aw crap, double post.

sorry. it told me it had timed out the first time.

Chris

Hi,
Don't know if you've tried this already, but sometimes splitting the roving into very narrow strips gives purer color sections in the yarn. It's almost impossible to avoid the barber pole effect completely though. (Look at it as a feature, not a bug!!) I have a strong perfectionist streak and have learned that those things that I dislike initially (because I'm not in total control) often end up being particularly appealing to me.

The moonflower is spectacular! Thanks for sharing all your lovely garden pictures.

Laura J

I have never succeeded in growing a moonflower beyond seed-leaves. Maybe next year. Thank you for the beauty and the story. And for explaining the miasma. I don't think being angry all the time is good for me.

You and some others help me keep a sense of proportion.

minnie

i refuse to feel guilty. i do feel grateful that i do have all the things i do, but that just makes me more determined to help those who do not. a good motivator, i feel

julia fc

That is a lesson to learn, to look at a roving and remember that barberpoles happen when the silk is blended in without having been coloured. Your moon flowers are prosaic. Are asters in waiting?

Kristen

ditto to what everyone else has already said; I thought I had commented here but I guess I never did - funny how sleep depravation does that to a person. I'm mostly here now to see why you asked Ms. Too Much Wool about washing fleece - say it ain't so dear EtherKnitter, say it ain't so. (but if it is, I'd love to be there when you find *THE* first fleece. Or have you already? what is it you aren't telling us...?)

Laura J

I have several balls of LOVELY roving that knits up like,well, nu? I am getting more choosy and I don't usually buy Ashland Bay any more. For some people they probably work. I guess.

Vicki

I just ran across your entry...I'm spinning some multicolored roving right now, but I'll ply it with a solid colored single that I made from a simmilar fiber in a color that contrasts with one of the colors in the variegated roving. I've done this before with nice heathered yarn resulting. It's all about the adventure! :)

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