I think Thursday is kinda late for a weekend update, but lately I've been spending a certain amount of time staring at the wall considering stuff, and while this considering is, I believe, ultimately useful to me as a human being, it lacks narrative flow.
I watched the lights in the creek for an hour while reviewing certain choices I have made over the past few years.....not good story telling. I have a feeling that blogging will be sporadic until after the holidays. Though you never know.
I did make soup - found the recipe via Specs and highly recommend. North African Kale and Chickpea. Not spicy at all, just a really full warm flavor and very head clearing. It was vegan until I topped it up with chicken broth to cover my excessive kale contribution (I wasn't sure what the meant by a large head of kale. I erred on the massive side and then I had to put it all in because I'd already chopped it and well, you know). Part of me wants to put in some lamb sausage too, but that would really be getting off track, since the point of this is that it is kind of temple food, something that's good and healing and delicious.
Next time maybe a bigger dice on the onion, more carrots, more chickpeas, slightly smaller large bundle of kale. But delicious....there WILL be a next time. I love soup. Any food you can put in a bowl, really, but soup particularly. Winter and me, we are all about the soup - I have a stick blender and I am not afraid to use it.
During this process I was rummaging around in here for something and I saw the wooden shoving tool for the chinois. And I thought, why is there a nostepinne in the kitchen drawer? And then I got the camera, becasue I knew you'd understand.
Just goes to show you how your perspective can change.
Last winter I had to take the Merlin wheel back to Dave for some TLC and while he was tinkering her into a whole new and fabulous state of being, he set her up with a giant bobbin and flyer for plying too. It is dandy, and in between kale chopping and staring at the creek, I made some yarn.
Picture no good? Yeah. How about this?
This was a struggle a bit. The first batt was easy - spinning Abby's stuff makes you better than you were, no matter what else is going on - but then I went to SOAR and when I came home I was a different kind of spinner and the second batt was actually way more inconsistently spun - even though the weights were the same, it came up MUCH shorter yardage. See how the fatter ply has way more air in it? I could no longer replicate the way I was spinning before, plus the whole time I was trying to spin as I had, I was twitching to get into some long draw and practice what I learned.
Note to self - finish what you're working on before you undergo a sea change.
If I sound like I am picking on myself, I really am not. I'm thrilled with this skein, all 300 yards of it. It is a much higher level mish-mash than I usually achieve, its elastic and not hard surfaced and will make something nice to wear. I only wish it wasn't November so I could get a picture that showed you how beautiful it really is.