Let me off the grid! A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

A journey toward artful, holistic living in the middle of Sin City...

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mohair...the Bane of My Existence

If you've checked out my 101 Things To Do in 1,001 Days page, you may have noticed that I have a lot of fiber that needs to be spun.  A LOT.  Well, I've been working on this turquoise mohair for ages and finally got one bag spun.  I hate mohair.  I don't even know why I bought this.  It's fuzzy.  It gets in my nose.  It's slippery.  Maybe it was the color.  I can't remember.

So I finished spinning one bag using my drop spindle.  I decided I wanted to Navajo ply it, which is an amusing technique and gives you a beautiful 3-ply yarn.  Surprise.  Each time I began to ply, the yarn would break and there went my spindle, rolling across the floor.  (Yes, there's a reason they call it a drop spindle.)  The only way to fix the problem was to take it off the spindle and re-spin that shit so it had a TON of twist to it.  Which I did, cussing the whole time. 
mohair in mid-re-spin
Finally, I got to the fun part and did the Navajo ply.
Navajo ply on turquoise mohair
Guess what?  I have to do it again because here's another bag of this s*#@!  Did I mention that I hate mohair?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Modern Times

This is my Seurat/Lichtenstein take on Charlie Chaplin.
Last Friday evening the husband and I went with some friends to the Henderson Pavilion to see Chaplin's Modern Times.  The Henderson symphony orchestra played Chaplin's original score, so it was a double delight.  The only thing I could have done without was sitting in the intense heat - it was 106 degrees, and that was at 8 p.m.  Welcome to summer in the desert...

I'm sure that Mr. Chaplin would be pleased to know that people of all ages are still watching and enjoying his work!