Friday, October 23, 2009

What I do in my spare time.

Recently, I had an appointment with an Occupational Therapist. I described in detail what I do with all this yarn. Then she asked me what I do in my 'Leisure Time'. I looked at her blankly for several long seconds. Leisure Time? I pulled my knitting out of my bag. She looked blankly at me for several long seconds. I took off my shoe and showed her my hand-dyed, hand-knit sock. She looked at me for another handful of seconds. I thought hard. Finally, I told her... in my 'Leisure Time' I dye yarn. And Fiber. And I knit. And weave. And sometimes felt. And spin... And I hang out with people who do these things and we do them together... She finally summed up for me "So, you do the same thing for Leisure time that you do for 'work time'?"

Finally. Someone who understands me.

So, here's some of my 'leisure time' items (please note that both woven items are Sock Yarn - delightful weaving yarn):

1.) Inkle Loom warped with 2 strands together of undyed Bamboo-Ewe and Car-Cozy in light blue.

2) Student project - doubleweave plaid blanket on the unknown/no-name loom. She's doing a wonderful job, and while it's slow-going changing colors, I am insanely jealous and want to weave it when she goes home. (Note: must resist urge to weave student's project.) Warp in white, light blue, and Midnight Blue used in Cleopatra - weft is the same.

Gifties: A gift from 5elementknitr - it's a stitch saver (not marker, SAVER). When you drop a stitch, it's the handiest little tool. In a previous life it was a crochet hook - now, it's my best friend. Perfect size to pick up drops on socks, and stays where I hook it on my project bag. (If this gives the impression that I pick up dropped stitches for my 'Leisure Time', let's just say, it's been known to happen.)


I think we should have a contest and give one away. Yours won't say 'Yarn Fairy' but will instead be adorned with a sweet little bead, making for an elegant looking tool for those 'delicate' moments when you swear like a sailor. It will look something like this, the bead may be different. So... how do you win? Comment, of course! I'll have Nora use her excellent 'choosing' skills (eeni meeni minee mo) to pick the winner. We'll give it a couple of days, plan to be the winner by Monday.So... what's coming next, you ask? So glad you did because I have new things to offer to you ;-) I'm updating the website with these Totally Tsuper Tsock Kits:
Stay tuned for web updates so you can haz them.

Also coming in the next day or so?
It's time folks; Time to sign up for the 2010 Tsock Club.

You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

17 comments:

DaisysMom said...

Arg! Guess what I forgot when I was at your house?

Abbieprime said...

Twitter told me you had a contest. I love contests! (Also hi, I was the chick babbling to Sandi in your booth for a half hour on Sunday. =D)

Emily said...

Ooh contests! I love all the useful things you can stick on a keychain...
Also, the weaving looks very cool. I had managed to resist the weaving bug until I saw your picture, so your student must be doing a good job :)

Caroline M said...

Those three kits are the tsock I wear the most, the tsock I ruined in the wash and the tsock that was the most fun to knit. Ever.

Bullwinkle said...

//resist urge to get a loom. resist ...

omg that is the cutest little tool. (And so useful! No more fumbling on (the commuter train) in my bag for a crotchet hook!)

Rachel said...

me please Nora, pick me!

and yes'm ma'am I'm off to sign up for 2010

Chalyn said...

time for 2010 already? i don't believe its been a year yet, i haven't knit all my Tsocks yet!

nifty little tool you got there too. i want one...

quenouille said...

ooh, what a neat little tool! Pick meeeeee ;)

OfTroy said...

how zen like.

when a bird builds a nest or lays eggs, or feeds them is that work?

we humans tend to label some activites work (the stuff we do for stuff (pieces of paper!) that we label and treat as valuable.) and leisure as stuff we do for love, or pleasure.

life is to short for such divisions.

dragonxser said...

that is one lovely warp - and oooh please, enter me for your draw :)

Sandy said...

Sock yarn is so happy being woven which is a good thing since half my stash is sock yarn.

happiness is figuring out how you can do what you love and have it be your business. I think the variety of fiber arts and fiber people makes it work without getting burnt out on it.

ikkinlala said...

I love those weaving projects.

(I do not need another hobby. I do not need another hobby. I do not need...)

lee said...

i want a loom... and a studio with a huge counter, burners for heating water & a sink for felting & dyeing.
but for now i'll knit & spin and hope Nora picks me :)

The Knifty Knitter said...

What a great little tool! And I totally get the whole I do what I do for work and play thing. I'm just waiting for everyone else to catch on!

Sandi said...

"All I want for Christmas is my two front seats, two front seat for Wicked!!!!!!!"

And two teeth for Miss Nora!!

Love to ya both!! Now, pick me for the contest!!!

Sandi;)

Cathy-Cate said...

I just saw this (busy weekend).

Heh, my leisure and work are different, at least....it's just that no one understands knitting ALL the time for leisure!

The weaving is cool. I'm resisting, but it WOULD be an excellent way to use some of this lovely yarn....

Colleen said...

I love that student project too!

BTW, did the OT person understand, or actually look a bit worried ;-)