It’s Been a Long Summer

We take turns contributing to this lovely little Ply Magazine blog and Jacey never asks us to write about anything in particular except I’m pretty sure it should be somehow related to spinning. It’s up to us to decide what to add to the discussion. So I was looking at my calendar last week and realized that this week was my turn again and I began to panic. And I have thought and considered and wondered what to write about for almost an entire week and as of this morning I still have nothing.

Want to know why?

Well, so did I. So I went back through this summer and looked at what I had been doing this since June. Wow. Almost no spinning at all. Of course I’ve had a couple of article deadlines and I did what I needed to do for that but in May I had made a sort of master list of the things I needed to accomplish by now that had to do with my work, which is spinning. I have accomplished exactly none of it – except for the couple of articles that had deadlines of course (but even those were late).

What did I do instead?20160811_120904 (1)

Well, I went to Pennsylvania several times to visit my parents. My dad was having caner treatments and he was very sick so I have been consumed with worry about him since late in February. We got good news this week though. He is in remission. So don’t you start worrying too.


Pennsylvania is a good long drive from Here in Michigan. My parents live outside of Philadelphia so it takes about 11 20160702_121748hours with stops to get there. So I did finish a couple of audio books!

July was filled with Brittney and Thatcher who came from Utah to visit for a month. Thatcher is the twoest two year old I think I have ever met. So not a lot gets done because the kid has energy and he loves to test the will of all of the people around him.

August was a month of focusing on my house which I hadn’t really done in a while – and maybe a little of being overwhelmed by the spinning work that I still needed to accomplish. So I ignored the work, as all healthy minded adults do, and decided to redecorate 2 rooms. I’m super happy with the result. But no spinning got done.

I mostly blame these 4 people. They wouldn’t leave me alone. Mom, mom, mom!


Get to work!

This past week I decided that I would settle down and do the work. And nothing went right. I didn’t have the things I needed, my spinners and wheels were rebelling, the kids needed stuff and there were appointments and a whole bunch of nonsense.

So here we are. September 1. Tomorrow we are taking a bit of a short vacation to visit Chicago. Just a few days. Tuesday, school begins again. Tuesday I will have the house to myself. (Well, Lousmith is home too but that’s never bad.) Tuesday I will get back to work.

Now is the time to try not to make outrageous, unachievable goals. I cannot spin 10,000 yards of 2 ply and get it on the loom and weave it by Friday….can I?



3 replies
  1. Kara
    Kara says:

    That sounds exactly like my summer! I did spin for Tour de fleece, but only managed 4 skeins… That was the extent of it. My kids go back to school today. So my work begins now. I’m glad I’m not alone in this skipping work for family and friends over the summer 🙂
    (And no, you probably can’t spin and weave 10000 yards in 4 days… But you could try!)

  2. Joanne Seiff
    Joanne Seiff says:

    Yup, you said it. I did finish one skein of yarn in August, but it was in multiple sessions…a demonstration, a rare moment on the front porch, etc. This summer has rushed by and alas, the spinning wheel or spindles did not seem to come along for the ride too often…you aren’t alone.


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