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I'm a married knitter, crocheter, and newbie spinner living in the Maryland suburbs with my photographer- computer geek hubby, 3 cats, and 3 dogs. And yarn. A LOT of yarn. Just ask my hubby.

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Being Alive

So, to go along with the brand-new “WIP Wednesday” and the ongoing “Yarn Pr0n Friday”, Carrie has suggested that Mondays become “Handspun Monday”. So, here is my very first contribution:

This is some Jacob Humbug (which I think means the mixed colors, but please correct me if I am wrong) that I picked up from Flying Fibers at Maryland Sheep and wool. I didn’t get a picture of it before it was spun, because I started playing with it when we got back to the house Saturday night after day one of the festival, and it was completely spun up by Sunday night. This was the first time I have spun something and felt really good about how it was coming out. It’s about a fingering weight, although I need to re-count my wraps to see how much yardage I have. It’s not perfect, but it’s overall the most balanced thing I’ve ever spun. I credit Cristi for helping me to figure out how to get my scotch tension set up a little better, which made my Ashford spin SO much easier!

And you can all laugh at me for this one, but I’ve signed up for the 3rd Mystery Stole KAL, hosted (and designed) by Melanie over at Pink Lemon Twist. I’ve drooled at her “Leda’s Dream” and “Scheherezade” patterns, and as they were the first and second Mystery Stole patterns, I can only imagine that this one will be equally as lovely. I’m still debating what yarn and beads I’m going to use, but I’m sure you’ll see it here once I make that decision and as the stole progresses.

And if you are wondering about the title for this post, I’m writing this as I watch the Tony Awards. I adore Broadway, and you’ll frequently find me listening to some musical or another on my iPod. (I’m no mtwelovett, but I do have about 5 and a half days worth of showtunes on there…) There are a lot of shows that I can listen to anytime, that I can sing along with at the top of my lungs in the car, that I simply adore. The one song, though, that gives me chills every time I hear it, is “Being Alive” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. I love the performance of it by Patti LuPone from the Sondheim Celebration at Carnegie Hall back in, erm, 1990-ish. Tonight, Raul Esparza performed it, and it was amazing. It’s such an incredible song, and he did just an incredible job with it – so much emotion and passion. CHILLS, I tell you. I hadn’t ordered the cd of the cast album for this revival because I already have the ones from the original and the 1995 revival, but after that, I’m getting it.

6 comments to Being Alive

  • PocketSize

    Arrrghhh! You beat me! I posted tonight and post-dated it so it would show up as monday’s post but you still beat me to it!!! LoL I try so hard… Oh well, I’m just happy you’re jumping on the bandwagon with me!

    Anyway, the Jacob is BEAUTIFUL! I was supposed to get some Jacob fleece from a friend… don’t think it’s gonna happen…

    Teahee, while you were watching the Tonys, I was watching one Tony… amusing, no?

  • Mtwelovett

    Yay Tonys! I’m very glad David Hyde Pierce Won. 🙂

  • Bezzie

    Jacob Humbug? Did they rip that name off from Dickens? I tell you what, that pic was incredible in bloglines where it was even bigger!

  • Batty

    Beautiful yarn!

    I’m off to do a round of Sondheim listening while knitting socks. For me, Sondheim and socks just go together.

  • Linnea

    Oh. I thought that Jacob Humbug was a grumpy sheep?

  • Knitting in Pink

    How funny! I started my own Spinning Monday last Monday!