Still Here…Barely.

Where has the time gone? I packed a whole lot of fiber projects when I came up on the island.  Sheesh. I have nearly 2 months. Of course, I’ll be able to weave some hand towels, a shawl or two, finish spinning all the remaining singles and ply them for the Deb Menz blanket, and those socks for the Sock Summit.  Not to mention some of the yummy club fiber from Tactile.  Maybe a pair of felted clogs.  And then there are the books I planned to read, and the CNCH 2010 conference pages I was going to build.

Riiiiiight. Time for a reality check…So far, I’ve finished one pair of socks.  I can’t take a picture of the pair together because Kristine has the 1st one.  I lent it to her as shop sample for Sock Summit, but had to leave early due to an emergency back on the island.

So what took up all of my time?

A sliding hillside (imagine a 30′ drop 5 feet from the end of your deck and water seeping/flowing out of the hillside at several locations), HOA politics from hell, county permitting process. To be clear. The slide itself wasn’t the emergency that took me away from the Sock Summit.  The repair was already underway.  It was the nasty neighborhood politics that took me away. The emails that flew made me a miserable companion to those around me at the Sock Summit, and I felt that I needed to be back in person to defend myself.

But, we are once again back on track…3 weeks later than originally planned.  Last I heard, they removed approximately 430 cubic yards of yuck, and will be putting in 62 tons of rocks in its place.  Now that the work has restarted, we hope the major work will be done by the end of this week, then on to the replanting. Unfortunately, because of the politics, the project won’t be fully complete before I leave.  I hate this. But it can’t be helped. I’m backed up against commitments back in California.

Oh, then there are the new septic system inspection requirements set out by the county.  I still have that to look forward to. I hope to finish that by the end of this week as well.

On the bright side, I had a marvelous week with my niece Iris. She even finished a scarf on the Cricket Loom!  It’s really sad when your 8 year old niece accomplished more than you did…

Well, I did paint one wall…out of 5 or 6 that needed repainting and stair railings, and trim and, and, and…

Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly from this point on.

Still Spinning Away

sunset

Here’s the view from my spinning wheel.  Needless to say, I’ve been a little distracted.  Aside from looking out at the water, watching the sunset, planting herbs, putting in some shrubs, I’ve also been busy picking berries and making jam.  Posting might be a little sporadic as I get back into the groove of island life.

Spin-In Wrap Up

wisi-raffle-basket

I won this basket of goodies from the raffle at the Whidbey Island Spin-In on Saturday.  On Saturday, I won both a door prize (a “handle” for my ball winder in cocobolo and padauk) and the raffle.  My friend, Karen, walked away with both raffle prizes on Sunday, along with the door prize on Saturday.  We had quite the bounty.  My basket contains 3 skeins of yarn, shetland roving, finger roving, a big ball of handpainted fiber, the navajo spindle, and a large bar of dark chocolate.  Yum!

lace-weight

165 yards of lace weight yarn that I spun with my new Watson Wheel.  I spun this over the course of the weekend as part of my “get to know Marie” spinning.  I have no idea what the fiber is because I just dug into my spinning basket for something, anything, and something that I was likely to finish over the course of the weekend.  It’s a longhaired something.  BFL?  I split it in approximate half, lengthwise, and spun them up separately before plying the 2 bobbins together.