Monday, March 15, 2010

Casting About

So last week I was ready to hop in an RV. Today I'm feeling more adrift, like on water. I think there's a theme here - movement, travel, new places, new things, new experiences. Go, go, go!!

And yet here I sit, landlocked and not traveling, adrift; idling and Could this be because of cabin fever? Depression? Hormone changes? Too much sugar? Who knows. What I do know, is that I feel as if I'm casting about for something but I'm not sure what that is. Which is a stupid image.

Envision this: someone goes fishing but has no idea what they are going to catch. All they know is, they must go out and try this thing called fishing. They gather tools for it as they can, and try some different baits. They do catch some fish, but none are keepers. For a little while, the fishing is fun and good, but then it pales and the person tries another tactic. What the person is missing, is a goal.

And as I type this, I'm just watching what my fingers are typing because this isn't at all what I was going to say this week. I'm actually pretty amazed that the last couple paragraphs were in me; and that what I am seeking for is so clear. I need a goal. But casting about for a goal can be just as hard. What is needed is some time to think and write some more, off the blog. I'll spare you all the grizzly details and continue on with a kinda fibery blog post.

Anyway. There have been some fun developments lately:

  • Spring has finally come to Minnesota! We have had a string of days that are above freezing
  • My mother-in-law found me a fleece or two for free
  • I now have another borrowed wheel
  • I am about 1/3 the way done with cleaning my craft room
While I've been spinning, I've had this strange idea. What if I could hook up an exercise bike to a spinning wheel? While I peddle away, I could sit back and draft the yarn onto the spindle. Of course the ratio of the bike wheel to the whorl would need some adjustment, but think of the benefits! Exercise and freshly spun yarn in one. This would actually make me want to exercise more. Why has no one invented one yet?

My husband also had a great idea. Why not equip the wheel of the spinning wheel with blades - and make it into a fan as well as a yarn maker? Brilliant.

I think it's time for the spinning wheels of the world to become multi taskers and modern. We are (or at least I am) a modern spinner and I demand more than just making yarn for my money.

How long do you think it will take the wheel makers to catch on?


I so enjoyed reading all of the responses last week. I love dreaming and hearing of others dreams. So readers - when are you going to make those dreams come true? Is today the day that you step forward? I hope that it may be so.

As for the winner, I have run the RNG and it has chosen #18- my neighbor kjgon of whom I am going to lunch with this week. She already has a club, so I will extend it for her.

For this week, I am giving away something that can be used in two ways - it's a yarn that multi tasks! Plymouth Yarn Happy Choices in color 5. This is sock yarn that comes in a scarf that has been dyed. You can wear it as a scarf or knit it into socks or whatever you choose.

In order to enter for this prize, please reply to this post and tell me of a crazy idea that you've had - fibery or otherwise. Post your reply by Saturday March 19th midnight, CST. I will use a RNG to pick a reply at random. You are welcome to reply more than once, but only your first reply will be entered. Good luck, and have a fun fiber week!


jessecreations said...

I suppose it's kind of crazy that I'm planning on buying a spinning wheel even though I've only spindle-spun twice and I'm not good at it at all. But I really want to spin, so I'm saving for that wheel! Let's hope it works out ...


Kitten With a Whiplash said...

This goes way back to the 1970s when we had "sneakernet" instead of internet. I was trying to get printer companies interested in creating a standalone unit by adding a floppy drive to a printer. In those days we had to bring our discs to the the person with the printer on their computer, and they'd have to stop what they were doing to load and print our files. I was just getting a couple nibbles when LAN networking became popular and affordable.

Love the yarn, thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

My crazy idea is that I'm starting a business. I keep looking at my hubby and asking if I'm crazy

Kristen said...

My crazy idea that is trying to foster a pair of small puppies and one adult dog at the same time. I TRYING to find another home for the adult boy, but his owner is going to put him down if I don't take him, and I won't let that happen. I am out of my mind to attempt this. :O

Cinnamoon said...

My crazy idea? There's a couple floating around in my life, lol! Signing up for the hardest class schedule in the hardest grade of the hardest school in the district was one... Doesn't start until next year, luckily, so I have yet to see if it will kill me! Learning to spin, weave, felt, crochet, cross stitch, and sew in addition to knitting, while having a school life similar to the aforementioned... Yeah, there's a lot of them. :D

beautyredefined said...

I've been putting off commenting on the post trying to think of crazy ideas I've had. Certainly I've had some. One could say I'm crazy for being in grad school; part of me has crazy ideas of being a photographer.