3rd Time’s a Charm?

Last evening after a marathon flick carding session, I decided to get a shower. It was warm out, so I decided on a pretty cool shower, and somewhat noticed that my shower wasn’t getting any warmer, but that was fine with me. Then, Mr. Ink tried to take a shower. His water was cold. So, he got dressed and headed to the basement to see what was going on with the hot water heater. The pilot light was out, and he could not get it to stay lit, so he ended up with a cold shower as well. Now I get to spend the last day of my vacation not only doing all the errands that need to be done with Miss Butterfly’s High School registration/orientation, but also waiting on a plumber. This will be the third time we’ve had to call a plumber this year, all for very different issues. But, third time’s a charm, right? It’s really been a rough year with home issues, as the furnace had a problem too, and we had to call our HVAC company as well. I keep telling myself that’s right on target for the third year of owning an older home.

On to the fun stuff. I wanted to do a TdF wrap up post today, as it’s the last day. Yesterday I really pushed to get as much flick carding done as possible. The weather in the morning was uncooperative, even though the temps were pleasant. It rained. Quite a bit. In fact, every time it quit raining I’d run out, wipe off a patio chair, and start flick carding. Only to have it begin raining a few minutes later. But I’d made the goal to be done with flick carding by the end of the Tour, and that only gave me yesterday and today.

The afternoon was far more perfect for being outdoors, and so after I walked the dog and the sun had set the appropriate amount for our patio to be in shade, I headed outside. Toward the end of some long hours of flick carding, I noticed my finger was feeling not great. But, this has happened before, and I pushed through it knowing it wouldn’t feel any better today. Then I took a look at it, and noticed I’d developed a sizable blister on that finger. Well, that’s when I knew there was only one thing to be done. Push through to finish all the flick carding that night, as it would be too painful to attempt today. I was already gross and dirty and dusty and I didn’t have much left. So, at around 8:30 at night, after sitting outdoors since 3:30, I wrapped up the flick carding of that fleece.

I have sad news too, my friends, that sun is going down much faster than it was, it’s not even August yet and it was noticeable. The days are getting shorter.

Anyhow, as far as spinning this project, I’d hoped to be able to show off 3 full bobbins, but since I chose to finish the flick carding instead, I only have 2 full bobbins. And an injured hand. Because not only did I end up with a nasty blister, I also woke up at 5 am unable to get back to sleep due to carpal tunnel flare up from the task. I should really learn when to slow my roll. (Who am I kidding? I never learn.)

But, still, here are the bobbins:


I think they are rich and gorgeous and it’s going to be a real pleasure figuring out how this yarn turns out! I can’t wait to start plying.

But, I am also slowing things down a bit today in order to get my hand to settle down. I have been icing it off and on all morning and that has helped. I’ll spend part of today out of the house, which means it’s easy to ignore my wheel at that point.

That’s it from here! I’ll still be trying to finish that third bobbin today. Soon we’ll have a finished skein!