back and forth

My two lives. My late night/early mornings life of mad crafty energy, where my fingers itch to create and my mild mannered day life of teaching, biking, tennis and the love of my life!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Breadbox, soy and another dream knocked out

I had a mundania brainstorm, looking at my empty crockpot in my teeny tiny kitchen, on the teeny tiny and crowded counter. I had baked bread, and there were a few left. I pivot in my kitchen, rolls in hand, and there it is! Empty, shining and ready to be used! My crockpot! Now, my boulots and baquettes go in there too, and I love it! No more rock hard bread the next day, it's pure genius!!

I've discovered that the crafty world's best spinners share their yarn porn here, on Fiber Fridays! And so inspired, I spun up some soy silk that I got on ebay, and navajo plied it. Navajo plying is perfect for my kind of spinning, which is pretty thin. I don't have to worry about bobbins of different length, it really has a very nice body to it that I like. Very textural.

And, the end of my Recumbent trike touring dream. I went to visit with Betty Jane this morning, a cheerful, sweet cyclist that is the owner of a Greenspeed. She generously let me take it out for a spin. And I did. And it was one of the most uncomfortable, longest, uneasy rides I have ever done! It was low, low, low. True, I could roll over anything, and didn't have to worry a wit about hitting something and losing control of my bike. On the other hand, I felt like a very slowly moving target! My neck started hurting right away. I felt as if I were in a continual 'crunch', and was uncomfortable the entire time. I felt vulnerable and weak, versus 'Bring it on!' attitude I get on my Dolce df. (Not the wisest attitude, but one certainly feels alive!)

As soon as I started down Frontage, I thought this ride would last forever. A 30 mile ride would take hours and hours and hours...the endless ride. I kept trying to sit UP, because I didn't like leaning back.

Sigh. At least it saves me a $1800 it would have cost me for this toy.


Oooh, oooh. Also, signed up for Sockapalooza 4!! Fun, fun!


At 9:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog site. Amazed at all the things that you are doing outside of just being a teacher. Especially creative things. (My world is art classes, soccer, soccer, soccer and soccer. No time for the creative juice to flow.) How I envied you!!!!

Check out ur brother's website. Inspirational. Now I'm more determined to go native.

On cooking. Check out Jamie Oliver's books. Creative but simple cooking. Nothing elaborate but he uses want is available. lots of herbs...

Hope to see again soon.


At 6:24 PM, Blogger AmysBabies said...

I can't wait for you to join us on Fiber Fridays!! I love the look of that navajo ply. So very squooshy and shimmery :D Almost like it is spun gold! There isn't a gnome holding your first born hostage is there?

Bummer about the bike! But like you said, at least it saved you the money. It would have been an even bigger bummer if you found out too late!


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