First, the update, in which I do not come off looking like a particularly smart person. This is where the project that "disappeared" went:
Do you see that little red bag on top of the short chest of drawers, the one with little white & black sheep on it? The one that is within arm's reach of my computer on the table to the left? Yup, that's the project I tore the house apart for two consecutive days because I couldn't find it. Evidently, my "safe place" is really "out in plain sight."
I sat down to my spinning wheel the other day for the first time in ages. I pulled out a multicolor batt from Loop that I bought at Rhinebeck last year (and I forgot to take a picture of it before I started spinning. Oops.), oiled the wheel & got to it. About ten minutes in, my tiny brain squeezed out a thought: maybe I should spin a little bit every day between now & Rhinebeck and then 1) I would work through the stash fairly efficiently and 2) I would have room in the stash for whatever comes home with me this year from Rhinebeck. I'm calling it the Rhinebeck Readiness Campaign.
As I spun, I tried to figure out how much that "little bit every day" should be. Sometimes I only have fifteen or twenty minutes of time, so it has to be a smallish amount. Something small, but enough to make me feel like I accomplished something. An ounce every day is what I came up with.
This is what an ounce of the Loop roving looks like:
A perfectly reasonable amount of fiber, right? The Goldilocks amount, not too little, but not so much it's overwhelming. The amount that's just right.
There are forty-four days between now & the day I leave for Rhinebeck. That means forty-four ounces of fiber need to be spun up by then in order for me to reach that goal.
Did I mention that I was a French major in school? Aside from learning to speak the language and learning a lot about French society & culture, the big thing going for it was that it did not have a math requirement.
I just realized that forty-four ounces is the equivalent of 2.75 POUNDS. YIKES!! This little campaign of mine makes the Tour de Fleece look like just a little bike ride. Just to get a better idea of what was in store, I dug around in the stash & weighed out about 44 ounces of fiber & put it all together in a storage bin.
This is what THAT looks like:
Gulp. (There's a bit of everything in there: the rest of the Loop roving, some blended batts I found on Etsy, various rovings from Rhinebecks past, a Mystery Bump from Still River Mill, even some baby camel, angora and quiviut.)
I had better get busy.