Archive for March 5th, 2007

Don’t Give Up Your Day Job…

Today I gave up my day job. I am no longer a primary school teacher: I am a writer, I am a designer, I am a knitting/spinning/crochet teacher and, funnily enough, I enjoy all those things more than being sworn at by snotty little kids who I will never get any joy from as I’m only there for a day.

My Reasons (apart from being sworn at):

1. The book wasn’t getting done. Mum read through the plan last week and said “um, this says ‘proposal to publishers end Feb’ … it’s the end of Feb now…” so we pushed the proposal date back. And I realised that that was going to happen a lot if we didn’t actually do some WORK.

2. I can’t be a famous (or even struggling) writer/designer if I don’t submit anything. If I had gone to school today I would almost certainly have missed the Knitty deadline which snuck up on me and went BOO! this week.

3. Stomach cramps on Monday mornings.

4. Getting up early on Monday mornings.

5. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut feeling.

Incidentally, I haven’t actually quit my agency, I just don’t intend to call in for a while. It’s there in reserve in case I find I’m missing the pitter patter of medium-sized feet (hah) or I start to starve.

I may write more on this later, at the moment I need to go earn a buck.


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I love this yarn. More than anything I’ve ever spun. Much more than the pink laceweight which became a chore after the first 15 hours or so.




Firstly, the fibre is Polwarth from Tarndwarncoort. This is the most awesome fibre to spin, still crimpy after processing and drafts beautifully into a soft springy yarn.

Secondly, I can’t stop drooling over the colours. I sent mum a picture of a roving I found on the internet and said ‘I want it kind of like this’ - with colour genius I can only dream about (I don’t do colour) She produced something magical. The  greens blend into the blues and the blues blend into the purples and they all complement beautifully. Normally I’m not one for ‘flecky’ 2-ply yarn where the colours mix randomly, but somehow this just works and I spun without even thinking about where I was putting the colours.

I have 200m in this skein at about a fingering/sportweight and I still have another 50g. Can’t wait for the weekend to spin the rest.

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