Thursday, September 25, 2008
Nothing but good times ahead.
That's some tropical storm or other (Kevin? Lola? Malaprop?) parked off shore. It's supposed to come ashore almost due west because of a high pressure area over the north-central Atlantic. Apparently it's supposed to rain and be really windy. Oooh. Never seen that before. The temperature has dropped significantly, though. For that, I don't care if it rains sideways. Now that it feels like fall, I have an urge to bake bread.
Otherwise, well, it's a damn good thing I like spinning.
Remember the black silk I got from Habu Textiles that's too thin to do anything with (at least at my level of weaving skill; and I refuse to start knitting on eyed needles like Alwen does)? I figured I could chain-ply it on the spinning wheel, thereby making it thick enough to be useful. (I'm thinking of carbon fiber and silk woven scarves as Christmas gifts; with the black silk for the warp.) So to the wheel I went.
Pain. In. The. Ass.
This was originally my plan for the spinning wheel. To ply together thinner yarns, not to actually spin from scratch. While fooling around learning to use the thing, I realized I quite enjoy spinning from scratch and have been doing that. This was the first time I used the wheel as I'd originally inteneded, to ply thin stuff. Know what? It's fucking irritating. I hate it.
Real good thing I like spinning. Otherwise I'd have bought a spinning wheel for nothing.
Did I mention that I'm getting two pounds of wool in the mail? Probably today? To dye? Whee!
Otherwise, well, I'm watching the Subprime Mortgage Scandal (if it's not called that, it should be) unfolding here in the US. For those of you out of the loop, either because you don't live in the US or you're under a rock (I envy you the rock, truly), a mildly humorous summary of the entire clusterfuck can be found here. It'd be funnier if it wasn't true. One of those lovely situations.
Anyway, the citizens of the US were informed last night that we, the taxpayers, will be expected to pick up the tab for what is, ultimately, corporate greed. Shit is rolling downhill and gaining speed. This may be the straw that broke the back of the average US citizen; as usual, the best way to get a person's attention is to steal their money. I am reminded of an old CO of the husbeast's, who once yelled at the payroll department, "You know how to get a ship to mutiny? DON'T PAY THEM!" And of course I used to do customer service at a bank, so I know how bitchy people can get when you mess with their money (and I usually got bitched out over very small amounts, not SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION GODDAMN DOLLARS). It's gonna be interesting. Duck and cover. I'm gonna turn up the iPod real loud and knit.
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