The best laid plans...
...are pretty much asking to be messed up. Yesterday I was planning on spinning for at least an hour and working on the pattern for Mindy's Stole. Instead I ended up spending 4 1/2 hours defrosting a frozen pipe. The temperatures here yesterday started out at 10 degrees F, and went all the way up to the subtropical 18 degrees F but we had a 20 mph wind slamming against the exterior wall that the pipecicle lives in. There's nothing like sitting in a bathroom with a space heater running, drilling holes into the wall (hoping each time that you don't drill through electrical or plumbing stuff that might be in weird places), and holding a blow dryer up to the holes to get warm air into the wall. In the end, I got the pipe unfrozen without it bursting, my pores are all steamed clean, and the bathroom in question now looks like an homage to Swiss Cheese. Good times. Last night we got down to 4 degrees and we left the faucet dripping.
Anyway, after I got the pipe unfrozen, I opened the mail and look what I got! Actually this was the packing material. Don't you just love it when you order stuff from other spinners and they use wool for packing material? I ordered a high speed whorl and extra drive band for my Symphony and Sharon packed it in wool. Its washed but unprocessed. I thought it was a nice, fluffy, soft wool, but she says she uses it for warp! She's going to send me a sample of what she considers her nice wool. Maybe I was a little punchy after spending all afternoon in the Swiss Cheese Sauna, and maybe I'm just a really bad judge of wool in its unprocessed form (I know I need more practice with that), but even this morning when the euphoria of running water had worn off a bit, it still seemed pretty nice. I'm going to play around with it with my combs and see what it feels like then. I mean, its wool, I'm not going to throw it away!