Someone formerly very near and dear to me has been out of contact for quite a while, selfish little sod ... with nary a phone call, or email, and not so much as a nice postcard-with-view-of-foreign-parts
and then yesterday, without so much as a 'by your leave', or a 'do you mind', or even a 'have you missed me and I'm sorry I didn't call', she's back again
my spinning mojo has returned
and just in time for the Ravelry Tour de Fleece.
and here is where I have a confession to make:
I've never been even remotely interested in watching the Tour De France, but Bells and RoseRed both blogged about joining the Ravelry TDF with the aim of knitting through the tour, and then when I checked out that forum, someone else mentioned that they were also participating in the Tour de Fleece which has the stated aim of spinning something [ anything ] on each of the days that the tour actually rides
... and I thought to myself "Self, Old Girl, that might be just what you need to entice that mojo back home Chez Catsmum ... what do you think, Old Bean? Topping, what ? " [ You'll have to forgive Self. She often talks like something out of a simply spiffing jolly Girl's Own Adventure ]
Anyway, topping or not, Self and I signed up, and then proceeded to haul Ms Charlotte Sheridan* out of her lonely exile in the livingroom and back into her previous place of honour in the rumpus room.
Bobbins, niddynoddy and Lazy Kate were located, rovings prepared,
I started at 11 last night along with the telecast of the day 1 time trials. I even managed to stay awake until Lance Armstrong had finished his ride, but at 1am, when they said Cadell Evans would be another 2 hours, I called it quits, massaged the gammy knee and headed for bed.
There have been a couple of sustained bursts of spinning activity during the day culminating in the completion of a bobbin containing 300 metres of Airforce Blue BWM singles
which was then plied with a bobbin of unidentified hand painted rovings [ which I am ashamed to say was spun in June last year ]
and of course you'll all believe me when I tell you that it was entirely planned to have 6" of yarn left over after plying**
[ and if you believe that there's a nice bridge in Brooklyn that I could sell you ]
... and now I remember one of the reasons that I haven't been spinning so much
my right knee hates me
so there won't be any green jersey sprints
and I'm unlikely ever to sport the coveted maillot jaune
but Spinning Mojo is home again and that makes me happy
* my favourite wheel
** this never ever happens