Crude but Right

The realization yesterday that my 60g a day challenge for the Tour de Fleece had unwittingly turned into a 100g a day challenge hit me like a ton of bricks.  I really had been pretty pleased with myself up until the moment that I weighed it all and added it up, and all day yesterday no matter what I did, the knowledge that 100g had to be spun in the little time available to me made me crazy. 

Just the idea that I could spin that much and still not hit my target was a pretty big surprise. I mean, I really haven’t been slacking.  That’s a pretty epic amount of yarn that I’ve come up with… and if my best effort every day hadn’t gotten me there, then I couldn’t see what was going to change in the next few days to get different results. 

Then it hit me.  I’d been spinning as much as I could on the days that I could.  There were whole honking days in there, especially during the retreat, that I really didn’t do much more than a metre or two.. just enough to say I had spun that day. Then there were two whole days lost to travel… I started adding it up and realizing that it was actually super impressive that I was where I was.  I mean, once you subtract the days I couldn’t spin, I’ve actually been doing about 100g a day – and that gave me renewed hope.  To finish my challenge I don’t actually need to bust a move harder than I have been, I just need to keep it up. 

Redoubling my efforts seemed like madness, but carrying on without quitting? I’m a mother! I can carry on without quitting.. that’s like… all that mothers do.  Dinner again? Carry on without quitting.  Baby up for the 17th time that night? Carry on without quitting.  Teenager asking again for something you’ve explained a thousand times that they can’t have no matter how much they tell you that you have no idea what you’re doing all that you’re a maniac compared to all the other mothers in the world? Carry on without quitting.  Not a problem. 
I went back to the stash pile I pulled out for the challenge and grabbed the next fibre in the queue.  It’s a nifty bump of roving from Three Bags Full called "Sage Brush Hill" and it’s all full of little nepps and chunks and bits. 

The flyer with it says it’s Romeldale cross wool, with dyed tussah silk and silk noil (that’s the neppy part) carded in.  I’m not usually a fan of lumpy bumpy roving, because it’s pretty inevitable that it will become a lumpy bumpy yarn, but this is so pretty that I’ve managed to convince myself that it will just be "tweedy".

I forged ahead and spun it all up, and although it took me until this morning to finish, technically that’s another 115g since I realized that I need 100g a day – which would put me ahead, except it needs plying.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that the next thing in the queue is going to be spun to a 2ply bulky, and that’s going to go a lot faster.  Might even get me ahead.

I was explaining all of this to a friend.  Explaining that I’ve really thought about it, really examined it, gotten into the math a bit, and that despite the setbacks,  that I think now it’s going to go okay, and that I might even finish, and wasn’t that good news? The friend listened and then said something very wise. The perfect thing to say while I was stressing on it.  They asked me if I knew what the really good news was? The best news of all? 
I said I didn’t know.

She said (and I quote) "Absolutely jack-sh*t is going to change in your life if you fail. It’s like knitting.  Don’t be a freak."

Oh.  Right.

153 thoughts on “Crude but Right

  1. That’s the most profound comment I’ve ever heard. I want it on a t-shirt.

  2. Love the tweedy yarn always have. GO girl go you can do it . When are you going to have time to practice throwing a ball oh oh oh .

  3. Love all the yarns…just beautiful. And what a profound friend you have! But I still think you will get it all done. I have seen you in action right here.

  4. As you yourself often say to the rest of us, “There are no yarn police.”

  5. Oh, that’s the prettiest one yet! Only the best of friends remind us not to be a freak, but more importantly, still love us even when we continue to be freakish.

  6. So,Stephanie, I see where the Tour de France was held up by a crossing of sheep on a foggy mountain this morning. Do you swear you had nothing to do with sending those fleecy fellows into the path of the peloton so as to delay the race and benefit your spinning schedule? :o)
    Lovely yarn, BTW.

  7. I think your friend just put it all in context!! She did it for me, too. By the way, I just love that ‘tweedy’ stuff you just spun up. I’m not normally a fan of “FALL” colors being the cyan/magenta/all things purple type, but I just love it!! It says FALL Jacket!!!

  8. My mantra is “No one is going to die if x does not get done.” Which is why I don’t work in the field of medicine. Your yarn is beautiful!

  9. haha haha ha – I love your friend!
    Such wisdom….but your spinning is phenomenal… and beautiful and lush and I love it. So do it – if you can – and don’t beat yourself up if you can’t. It’s all good.
    Big hugs.

  10. Well, I wouldn’t have put it exactly like your friend did but he or she is wise. Honestly, if you DON’T finish, then… well, you just don’t. Maybe you might even have a life between now and then. However do what you want to, of course. (Muttering: that’s what we all do anyway, isn’t it?)

  11. About that ball-throwing gig, tonight’s supposed to be our local Stitch ‘n Pitch with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (Class A, I think) is almost sure to be rained out. Boooo! So if you can’t throw the ball over the plate maybe you can pray for rain? Just a thought.
    Pretty spinning. Nice math. Excellent comeback.

  12. Thank you for the reality check! It’s being “one of those days” here in the Northwest, and this was just a refreshing wake-up call.

  13. Love the neppy noil stuff! It really does look like it’s going to be gorgeous.
    I’m definitely not going to finish my TdF challenge and I’m embracing that. I’m more than half way through an Abby Batt and I even managed to sample and swatch my way to a good yarn before spinning a whole sweater’s worth.
    If that’s not victory, I don’t know what it. Congrats and good luck!

  14. Oh, gorgeous yarn. Maybe I should start spinning. Wait, that would cut into my knitting time!! Get real, Gail. Work on the current yarn stash first. But, I really admire those who spin and lust after the yarn. CAn I add my name to the list of your hand spun recipients???? Huh????

  15. I was told something quite similar just last week. I think we have the same friends. (And she was sooooo right…)

  16. I took a workshop with Deb Menz and she’s all about singles yarn. Have you considered making a singles from any of your rovings? It’s got so many things going for it, including less work and less muddying of the colors. I’m going out on a limb and making a singles for my next shawl.

  17. It no longer comes as a surprise to me (nor should it) that you are a lot better at this fiber-arts stuff than I am, but today I am wowed all over again, by the fact that you can spin a neppish yarn from a neppish roving and just let the nepps happen and marvel at how pretty they are. Do you have any idea how much time I spend picking slubs out of my fiber, both before and after spinning it, and we will not even speak of other cheats to try and make it as close to perfectly even as humanly (well, Lucialy) possible?

  18. It’s the journey, not always the destination that’s important 🙂
    Still some gorgeous yarn coming out of this!

  19. You can do it!! I get told not to worry, that it’s not brain surgery all the time. It’s so pathetic – they say it like their the surgeon and in truth non of them are. I’m at least experienced in my craft.
    Here’s a little cheer for you..
    Who’s the knittiest knitter we know,
    Stephanie, Stephanie
    Who’s the spinniest spinner we know,
    Stephanie, Stephanie
    Go Knit
    Go Spin
    Go Stephanie!!!!!
    Peace and joy to you….

  20. I would never in a million years have bought that roving, but it is some kind of gorgeous yarn. Way to go!

  21. Tweeds are my absolute favorite and so difficult to find. Everything seems to be varigated colors which can work up so unpredictably, and not in a good way. Then you fuss and think about ripping and fuss some more. I actually found myself removing a whole line of a color I didn’t want in a project. Luckily it was relatively small. Go tweeds!!!

  22. Good luck with finishing, but I’m glad your friend put it in perspective for you.
    I decided this year to not do the Tour de Fleece since I am going to grad school full time and working a bunch on stuff that requires significant brain power. Also, my significant other is leaving to go to boot camp in a few weeks (he joined the army because there is no other work for him to be found anywhere — he’s been unemployed for 18 months and it’s killing him). It’s nice to be able to remember that knitting and spinning both are hobbies, and I can do them as much or as little as seems appropriate on that day. These are stress relief. If they become stressful, some reality needs to intrude.
    Long version for take care of yourself, and have fun. If you make it, I’ll cheer. If not, I’ll just oogle the pretty yarn you made.
    Take care.

  23. Your friend is so right. Please don’t think of not achieving your goal as ‘fail’. Think of it more as ‘adjusting to reality’. Except I suspect that is not in your nature. They’re your goal posts; you can move them if you want to. Remember that spinning limp you got the last time? It fascinates me to watch you set these super-human goals, and then meet them despite all odds, and you never once seem to sit back and say ‘That goal is crazy-pie and should be frogged. I need to set a goal that fits better’. You’re the boss of your household, your teenagers, and your goals, remember? Great tweedy yarn, by the way.

  24. ROFL! I adore you friend, but I think the bestest best of the news is no matter what, you are going to end up with a buttload of YARN when you are done, oh and you’ve freed up stash space! 🙂

  25. I guess personal problems do pale besides world considerations, but we are all trying to get there, one step at a time.

  26. “It’s nice to be able to remember that knitting and spinning both are hobbies, and I can do them as much or as little as seems appropriate on that day. These are stress relief. If they become stressful, some reality needs to intrude.”
    LOVE this quote! Your friend put it more bluntly, though! LOL!

  27. Sides, even if you don’t get to 1400 you will have still busted some stash. Which I have failed totally to achieve. Though in my defense I have been moving and got out of the old rental early. (Money back-Do you think my husband would kill me if I got some more fiber with it?) Now I just have find where my wheel got stashed and get rid of rooms full of boxes so I can get to the stash which is lost behind un-unpacked stuff under the stairs.
    PS If you are having trouble getting rid of the hand spun I’m sure there are multiple hundreds of us who would love to bid on it. (Could raise money for the bikers.)

  28. Okay, so I guess we all need to be pulled up by our collar ever so often and realize that we do a lot of this fiber stuff because it is fun. You just seem to have more fun than me! 😉

  29. “Absolutely jack-sh*t is going to change in your life if you fail. It’s like knitting. Don’t be a freak.”
    This is going to be my new life mantra. Most of the time, if I fail, it’s because I’ve psyched myself out.
    Plus, bonus point for being extra applicable to my impending wedding (45 days! yikes!)

  30. You go, Stephanie! Once again, another beautiful yarn created! But – you know – finish, don’t finish – it doesn’t matter. Think of setting these goals kind of like knitting a swatch! It gives you an idea of where you want to end up – but it’s not the be-all-end-all! For us, it’s just fun and inspiring to see what you come up with next!

  31. Now dear Harlot… did I miss something when I signed up for the T de F (which by the way I did because of your good example)? Wasn’t the point merely to do your best to spin every day? Isn’t that what you’ve been doing? I think you’ve done very well and should be wearing something yellow no matter how many grams of stuff you spin.
    Huh, I’ve got two balls of a very similar roving in the stash. Love the way yours turned out!!

  32. your spinning looks wonderful! & i love the muted main colour vs the colourful bits shining through. gah. pretty.
    i think the attempt and your perseverance are more important than completing it. you tried! you did your best! you did not give up!
    that’s a win to me.

  33. Good for your friend – and that statement totally needs to be applied to more aspects of life.
    I still think you can do it.

  34. Hey, if you don’t like that neppy Sage Brush Hill stuff, I happen to know someone who might(hint,hint,hint)…

  35. OK, maybe nothing will change if you don’t spin it all….but….like hockey, knitting and spinning aren’t just sports, they’re a way of life. Well, to the converted, anyway.

  36. Wow – I put back and walked away from a remarkably similar roving at MD S&W this year for exactly the same reasons you named and now you go proving me wrong. Good job, that!

  37. Such perfect advice….along the lines of “there are no knitting police” 🙂 AND the yarn is lovely!

  38. “Absolutely jack-sh*t is going to change in your life if you fail. It’s like knitting. Don’t be a freak.”
    This is going to be my new email signature! Maybe I’ll tattoo it on my head too. My friend Lorraine who owns the knit shop I frequent (A Good Yarn)and taught me every knitting thing I know, said in a sock class when i freaked over an error–“It;s a sock. It goes in your shoe and nobody sees it. Move on.” Perspective is a beautiful thing.

  39. Look, the whole point of the competition is that it’s a CHALLENGE. You’re not really competing against anybody else, just yourself. If you win, that’s fabulous, but if you loose, you have piles and piles of beautiful yarn that you didn’t have before.
    I know you plan to give it all away, but you’ll have produced a LOT of yarn! And that’s an accomplishment no matter how you look at it.
    About the neppy fiber: I LIKE neppy fiber! Everybody I know says that they won’t spin it, but when I spin it and they see the result, they love it and want to know why they can’t get their yarn to look like that. I can’t wait until I can get to see it plyed! It’s beautiful now, and I think it’s going to look even better plyed.
    But if you don’t manage to finish, the world isn’t going to end. You just set your goal a bit high. But your goal is supposed to be a stretch, and if you set it too low, achieving it won’t mean anything.
    Last year, my goal was to manage to spin at least SOMETHING every day.
    I didn’t even sign up and compete this year, so you’re way ahead of me.
    And before you give away all that yarn, when you’re done, pile it all up in one place and admire it for a bit! And make sure you take a photo of all the yarn you produced, because we’re going to want to see it! When you look at all the yarn you made, you’re going to realize what an amazing job you did, even if you don’t reach your goal.
    You’re my hero!

  40. *You don’t fail – you just don’t always come first. *And, god, I would love to have just a fraction of your perseverance …
    and finally
    *although Canada is close to the time line … there are still several hours before the ultimate global date line for the end of TDF – they are yours for the using (should you just need the extra couple or so!)

  41. Your freakness is part of why we love you. It makes the rest of us look a little more normal to the masses.

  42. That Romeldale is drop-dead gorgeous. Your friend is right but I’m betting you finish all that spinning anyway, just like you read all the comments you get. I was pretty sure it’s impossible for one person to read them all, but someone proved me wrong. I feel like such a slacker compared to you, but I hope you keep on doing things exactly the way you want. You’re pretty darned amazing!

  43. That friend had it just right. I am a rower, and I row with a great bunch of women who have helped keep me sane. Hardly any of us has rowed for more than two years, but we’re getting better, and we actually race and win medals. Many of us have kids – high school and college age mostly – and as one woman reminded us all the other day, we do this for fun. We won’t be more popular tomorrow if we make the A boat; we aren’t trying to get into some fancy college by rowing well and making the national team; etc. We do it because it is a challenge; we are learning something new (I started at age 57); we like the people we do it with; and it makes us feel good. But we have nothing to prove to anyone except ourselves. So go for it, but don’t make yourself miserable doing it.

  44. She’s right! Absolutely right, but, I can’t help saying, the yarn on the spool looks delicious, and I can’t wait to see what it will become. Please hurry 🙂

  45. “No planes are going to crash if this doesn’t get done” is my mantra … 20+ years of Air Force service behind that one ;o)

  46. Love your friend’s perspective on the spinning. A similarly wise friend of mine used to say, “They can’t take away your birthday, no matter what you do.” We all need some words to live by from time to time, don’t we?
    Lovely yarn, by the way. Definitely tweedy!

  47. As a friend at my SnB reminds us often enough “It’s just knitting/crochet/spinning. It’s supposed to be fun”. Always good to be reminded of what’s important in life!

  48. I think you should spin the rest up in bulky yarn and make a bunch of the “Unoriginal Hats”. What person can refuse a hat made out of yarn that you spun.
    Plus, you’ll be ahead on Christmas presents.

  49. She’s right, of course, and what you have spun so far is just beautiful. By the way, did I miss the completion of the spinning and knitting of the gansey?

  50. Beautiful yarn, bumps and all. I say go for it, but not so hard that you “break” anything else in your life. Moderation and balance are good things. If you make it, great! Bask in the glory. If not, no harm in trying. No matter which, you’ll have some very beautiful yarn.
    Julie in San Diego

  51. oh would that we could ALL have friends of such pithy wisdom!!! 😉

  52. ps: i am still SO totally in awe of people who can spin!

  53. it’s so much fun to see how different the spun yarn looks from the roving. It’s gorgeous.

  54. I love this. Sometimes we set ourselves up to do things that, given our worldly responsibilities, we have no right to accomplish.
    My fiddle teacher for the past nine months (a period which has doubled the amount of time I have played fiddle in my life)gave me what I took to be a compliment. He told me that it would take 2 to 5 years to become a good fiddler. If I practiced for an hour several times a week it would take two years. If not, five.
    The way I see it, we should aim high: two years to being a good fiddler, or tons of spinning for the Tour de Fleece. But some days we do our jobs. We feed our kids. We find our floors and maybe our keys. When our time is up, even if we haven’t met our goals, we are that much closer than if we didn’t try.

  55. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the roving and then the yarn that you have spun. Not being a knitter or spinner, the result always baffles me. Beautiful yarn. Thank you for sharing.

  56. It should always be about the pleasure of spinning (or knitting, or weaving, etc.).
    I’m not one to say this, but I looked at the yarn you have spun and squeed. I fell absolutely in love with it. What a lovely, subtle fiber. Gorjus. THank you for showing it.

  57. I don’t want this to sound rude, but it was worth getting through all your obsessing to get perspective from your friend!

  58. I like that yarn as a single. Could it stay that way? Would it knit up as a sock weight, or lace weight? Do singles always have to be plied? I like it just the way it is! Beautiful! 🙂

  59. “Carry on without quitting” & parenting … this parent has been known to take a wee break and go have a nice little cry. Then, I — you got it — carry on without quitting.
    I love the tweedy flecks!

  60. “Romeldale cross wool, with dyed tussah silk and silk noil (that’s the neppy part) carded in.”
    Steph, I will give you anything you want for the rest of your life, including swearing in court or on a stack of bibles that you not only met but exceeded the Tour de Fleece goal, if only you will send me that yarn. Serious. Your colour preferences are not the same as mine. That “Sage Brush Hill” yarn desires to come live with me in Montana. Please. I must have it.
    Tell me what you want, I’ll send it to you or do it for you.

  61. Congrats on all the beautiful yarns you are making!! I so agree with your friends comment. The lady that taught me to knit always says it’s not world peace when any of us are stressing over something we are knitting so sounds like she and your friend think along the same lines 🙂

  62. First off, I love the new yarn, and spinning something with those little bits is a challenge I need to take on one day. Right now, I would have trouble enjoying it by being bothered by the bits or by trying to pick them out as I spun.
    That was a nice reminder from your friend, (but only nice when it is from a friend) and one that many of us would do well to remember from time-to-time.

  63. Brilliant quote.
    It’s good to have that verbal slap that brings you out of a panic sometimes.
    That said, i’m rooting for you to meet your target. Go team Harlot!

  64. You’re right about that roving. It didn’t turn into lumpy-bumpy singles! It turned into a tweedy singles! It’s GORGEOUS. 🙂

  65. Wow, I love the Sage Brush Hill, the color flecks are wonderful. I can never invision from a big ball of roving what the finished product will be, this is a dead on hit!

  66. My first boss, the wisest man I ever knew, had a number of profound statements which I still treasure. But the one most apt for this situation is “People who don’t make mistakes aren’t doing anything new. Don’t waste your time on them!”
    So what if you don’t make your target – you’ve probably still managed to set a new personal best and you’ve got some dashed fine yarns to give to people you care about. Sounds like a result to be proud of!

  67. Thank you so much for your carrying on without quitting mantra. I am not a spinner (yet) but I do avidly knit. I have a 9 month old & am going through a divorce, and my son had a severe allergic reaction this week and it was such a long week, but “carrying on without quitting” is exactly what I needed to hear, especially from someone who knits/spins and is a mom. Thanks so much for keeping it real!!

  68. Your goal is to spin 1400 grams of yarn. How long that takes is another matter. You only FAIL if you stop before finishing 1400 grams. I’m with the other, I want to see all the beautiful yarns in one shot. Spin on!

  69. I keep pulling up the picture of that tweed single to look at it again. It is simply beautiful, lovely job!

  70. I love it!!! Your friend’s comments are wonderful, wise and oh so true. We all need a friend like that!!!

  71. And really how can you “fail” when you’ve got all that beautiful yarn at the end of it? Ask the people who receive it from you whether they consider you a failure. Ha!

  72. So – forgive me for being slow here, but you’re just counting the first spinning as part of the Tour and not the plying right? Or is the plying suppose to be done by the end of the race too? (also understanding that you have only so many bobbins and likely need to ply to make room, but just checking)…

  73. Steph, your determination is admirable, but I’ve got two words for you – FAT SINGLES. Crank up the tension, practice your long draw, tie your skeins in about four places, and then finish vigorously (thwack the bejeebers out of the skeins to really full the wool).

  74. That is one awesome friend! I need friends that don’t feel my neurosis and help me keep things more real.

  75. Well, I think you have inspired me to try a nuppy yarn. I will have to fight myself from trying to remove the nepps but it looks like a beautiful result!
    Thanks for all of the inspiration in knitting, spinning, and life in general. 🙂

  76. Your friend’s right, but I don’t expect that’ll keep you from freaking out.

  77. Stephanie,
    We need friends like that! Too freakin’ funny!
    Everytime you say you don’t do math well, I just shake my head, sigh, and wish I didn’t “do Math” as well as you claim not to! Hope that makes a little bit of sense? Hope all goes well with the bicyclists. Is it still filthy hot there? Heat warnings here in Ohio, pretty uncomfortable. I wish them the best! Rebecca P.S. Lovely spinning!

  78. wait, it’s not the tour de plying right? your goal is just for the spinning. so can’t you just set aside all that plying until after the tour? you’ll just need more of those winding thingies (bobbins?).

  79. A wise friend is the best treasure.
    That said, while you are madly whirling on towards the finish, you can always blame the wheel for not being able to understand the ongoing arguments of the teens. Just a smile and “Sorry. What was that?” a few times should end the discussion.

  80. That friend? Priceless. I would have been frustrated to hear that, but I would have had to laugh also.

  81. That’s such a beautiful color Stephanie, and your spinning is so fine and even! How long did it take you to learn how to do that? I am just starting to spin (when I have time!). But I totally understand about the perfectionism with wanting to finish it all. You have made quite a dent any way you look at it though!

  82. I’m really interested in seeing that yarn plied. And I’m renting a wheel this weekend. Your posts have done me in!

  83. But Stephanie! Planning it all out and wrapping my head around how I am going to do what I think is impossible is the Fun Part! Perhaps what makes it fun is that jack-sh*t will happen if I fail. But I believe that the head game is mostly what sport is all about.
    I love the nubby stuff. I am afraid I avoid ’70s appliance colours like the plague, but I like the nubby stuff.
    Onward, spinner! The yellow jersey awaits!

  84. “Absolutely jack-sh*t is going to change in your life if you fail. It’s like knitting. Don’t be a freak.”
    I feel so much better every time I read that. No, really. Based on the last few weeks of my life – which is wonderful but catching up with me – it reminds me that it will all be alright. Thanks.

  85. I don’t know if I can express how much I love tweed, and, in particular, how much your singles are calling out to me. They look gorgeous.
    Good luck with the rest of the fibre! I just started spinning on a drop spindle and so it’s inspiring to watch you 🙂

  86. This has to be my favorite combination of colours in just the right proportions. LOVE this yarn!

  87. A little perspective never hurts.
    When I was struggling to finish a Ravelympics swallowtail scarf in time for a friend’s 40th birthday (failed, btw), my partner looked at me – as I cursed my yarn, needles, abilities, and life – and said, “I thought knitting was supposed to be relaxing.”

  88. I love it. Oh, yeah… right.
    You could also change your original number. It’s not like 1400g was written on the rosetta stone or anything. You could change the number, say, to 1000g, and be nearly there!

  89. Good heavens above, that is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen (are you really for sure that all of this hand spun is spoken for?)

  90. A good friend will support you no matter what madness you take on with enthusiasm. But only a great friend will tell you to your face when you’re being a freak.
    Love the tweedy yarn, I think it desperately wants to be mittens one day.

  91. ooooh, my heart melted when I saw that yarn – simply simply lovely. My eyes went wide and my soul smiled…you are a good spinner.

  92. My tour de fleece has not gone so well – someone didn’t realise that the last chemo would pretty much literally take my legs out from under me! (Good news is the docs say that spinning is good for my puffy ankles 🙂 So even if you don’t get all 1400g spun up, remember some of us have only managed a whole 250g for the whole tour to date… and we are not giving away the yarn we’ve spun!

  93. I must be taking on your stress for you. I dreamt I successfully spun huge quantities of yarn last night, and then my son wound it around the legs of every chair and table in a huge room full of chairs and tables!

  94. Stephanie, your spinning is so pretty. I subscribed to “spin off” mag just so I could start learning. I want to buy a wheel, sheep, the whole she-BANG! Thanks for being so inspirational. Again, using some of your photo ideas, I made my first knitting sale on Etsy. One. day. after. I posted it. I was sooo ecstatic! Thank You So much!

  95. Sage Brush Hill looks just like a beautiful ripe cantaloupe! Perfect for summer spinning.

  96. 1. What a great friend to put things so simply into perspective (but to also allow you to be a freak about it if you want.)
    2. Thanks for the new mothering mantra “Carry on Without Quitting” I have a feeling it’s going to come in handy with three little ones running around.

  97. That “tweedy” stuff? Yum. I wish I could buy that somewhere. As far as 100g a day? Just keep having fun – it is fun isn’t it? Yup.

  98. The way I see it is that there is no fail here! There’s a certain Sage Brush Hill success. Each metre spun is its own success, part of a series of successes.
    I guess if you reach the Tour de Fleece goal, that will be a success, too. If you don’t (and I can’t imagine that), then you still have lots of successes you can’t overlook.

  99. It is tweedy and rustic, and it’s going to make a really great textured fabric.
    And your friend is 100% right. Aren’t you glad? :o)

  100. Yes, I totally agree with what has been by others: that is a phrase that should definitely be on a t-shirt. Or woodburned onto my wheel.

  101. Just catching up on your blog…can’t imagine who on earth could have said that. Good person to listen to, though. 🙂

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