Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I'm still here!

Well, I was planning on updating my etsy shop regularly this week - until I realized that my first craft show is 11 days away. Eep! And my vegan yarn club yarns need to be ready to go by the end of this week. I spent most of today carding and prepping a bunch of vegan fibers to spin. I think I have about 7 skeins worth of fiber all ready to go for a major spinning marathon!

carding frenzy

It is SO hot here. And I like hot weather (normally). I've been carding with a fan pointed straight at me, and it doesn't seem to be helping all that much. We have an AC unit in the living room (my fiber, carder, and wheel are in the bedroom), but I don't like to use it - except it's been hitting 100 degrees (or close to it) every single day this week so far! Ugh...I could stand it if it wasn't so humid. I bought one of those plastic popsicle-making thingies and I've been freezing fruit juice popsicles to help cool me off. Lots of showers and hot tea (to raise my body temperature) as well. The GreenCraft forum on ravelry has a thread with lots of awesome tips for keeping cool without AC...the next thing I'm going to try is putting cardboard covered with aluminum foil in the windows to reflect the heat. A bit crazy, but if it works my life will be so much easier.

I've actually been doing a few things other than dyeing/carding/spinning/sitting on the computer lately. Lucius & I have started running at a track by our apartment that is the perfect distance away - we can walk there, and it's just far enough that we're warmed up by the time we get there. And we also joined a local pool, so we'll be swimming soon (I'm going for the first time today!) as well. Lucius is taking adult swim lessons, which I think is super cute. He knows how to swim, just not all the different strokes etc. I haven't taken lessons since I was about nine or so, so I'm hoping I'll just magically remember everything.

I also actually finished the hemp market bag that I started crocheting. Amazing! It turned out perfect. I thought it was going to be too short & wide when I finished, but it stretches when you put stuff in it, so it's exactly the dimensions I wanted. I can't wait to take it to the farmer's market - I've already been using it to carry random things just because I'm so happy with it.

hemp market bag


idyll hands said...

How can you stand to not use the AC??? I try to leave it off as much as possible and just use fans because those window units really eat away at my summer budget but sheesh, I just can't stand it sometimes. Especially when I'm crafting. I'll have to try this drinking hot tea thing.

staciesadventures.blogspot.com said...

Your handspun yarns are to-die-for, Folktalefiber! I found you through CosyMakes and her cherry chocolate hat, which I covet but can't afford.
Now I have more, much more to covet that I can't afford! But I am so happy to know that when windfalls happen, I can come to your etsy shop to see what's been spun up for me. 8^)

folktale fibers said...

idyll - Yeah, it sucks. I grew up without AC and then I lived in the woods with no electricity for a few years, so I'm used to not having it, but I'm NOT used to this nasty hot humid weather! I miss being able to just jump in the nearest creek when it gets too hot.

stacie - Thanks so much!! I love Cosy's work. And thanks for mentioning me in your blog!