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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, spliced from prompts by [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] redsixwing.  It also fills the "Internet Friends" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo Fest.


"Spinning Intimacy"


Picking out yarn
for internet friends
is like spinning intimacy --

my fingers drifting over
the fibers, remembering what
I've seen of someone's work,
their favorite materials and
the colors they've used,

freed from my own limitations
(allergic to wool, and most of
the good stuff is wool) because
theirs are different than mine,

imagining what could be made
from this ball of color or that set
of several gradient shades,

this skein deliciously thick,
that one fine as fairy-floss,

thinking about the shepherdesses,
the spinners, the dyers, the clerk of
the little yarn shop all playing their part
in the long slow trail of creativity

and I playing mine, gathering up
the chosen skeins to cast afar
through the mail --

a connection made
between self and other,
as thin and strong as silk,
as colorful as the best wool

as intimate as a texture against the lips.

* * *

Notes:

Fibercrafts rely on a wide range of natural and artificial fibers. Choosing yarn requires understanding many factors including weight. Choosing yarn for someone else benefits from knowing practicalities such as what colors they like, what kinds of things they enjoy making, and what if anything they're allergic to -- plus the more ephemeral aspects of personality that suggest which of the 2000 awesome balls of color would most make them go "Squee!"

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Date: 2017-02-08 03:25 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
This is gorgeous!!!

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Date: 2017-02-08 04:41 am (UTC)
technoshaman: Tux (Default)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
Are you farsensing? One wonders...

(and, Ysabet, endings, PURRRR... :)

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Date: 2017-02-08 04:43 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Gods I hope not... not right now... what my senses here have been giving me is more than enough shit to make me want to crawl into bed and come out sometime in another millennium. And not because of my sensory processing issues; because of my JOB.

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Date: 2017-02-08 05:02 am (UTC)
technoshaman: (dreams)
From: [personal profile] technoshaman
oh, RIGHT. Major sympathies. *zen hugs*

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Date: 2017-02-08 05:20 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*gratitude and return hugs*

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-02-08 05:18 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Yeah. The world sucks, trying to fight the undertow sucks, but I'd rather do that than not. Really, what else is the point of being here, if not to be here for people?

The worsening sociopolitical climate makes me more inclined, not less, to do what I know I can, and just accept the personal price. But I know there are limits to that kind of thinking, and I'm *trying* to stop short instead of crashing into them. Some days aren't good for that, s'all.

But. It is worth it.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2017-02-09 03:19 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Yes, yes, and yes. Thank you for being there. <3

LOOOOVE

Date: 2017-02-08 03:35 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
LOvE LOOOVE

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Date: 2017-02-08 04:46 am (UTC)
thnidu: edited from img383.imageshack.us/img383/3066/ss35450qf7.jpg (smiley)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Ohh, so much goodness tonight. This came up on my reading page right after (above) [personal profile] kk1raven's more orchids. :-D happy happy happy

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Date: 2017-02-08 05:02 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I was just talking about actual-yarn work with my aunt the other day- she and my mother and grandmother got all the textile skill. The texture of words though, I don't think I've given as much consideration as it deserves. Thanks for this, it's lovely and evocative. -kellyc

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Date: 2017-02-08 05:22 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I think my favorite verse is the one that starts "freed from..." ... when your imagination can fly on *your friend's* wings, THAT is intimate.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-02-08 05:49 am (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
:)

Time. Time matters. And giving the gift of paying attention.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2017-02-08 10:33 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
>> Time matters. And giving the gift of paying attention. <<

Well said! Time and attention are indeed gifts, ones that can benefit many people when used well. Such as thoughtfully-chosen, surprise presents for friends, or evocative poems inspired by one prompt, or several, and shared widely.

I'm feeling *very* grateful for far-flung friends, and their creativity, just now.

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Date: 2017-02-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
redsixwing: Red-winged angel staring at a distant star. (Default)
From: [personal profile] redsixwing
Oooooh. All the good sensory details. <3

I love the thread (ha)! running through time as well as space. Just delicious.

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Date: 2017-02-08 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is lovely! I love picking out yarn for my knitting/craft friends. Getting yarn gifts is the best and it is super intimate.
I also love knitting for my fellow crafters, even if they aren't knitters. They know how much time & effort goes into a project. - Readera

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Date: 2017-02-08 06:57 pm (UTC)
mama_kestrel: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mama_kestrel
Wow. This is...I have no good words for what this is. I will later, but right now I'm just basking.

Yes. Choosing yarn for another, whether to send as fiber or to make into a gift to ship, is an act of love and intimacy.

I needed this today

Date: 2017-02-09 12:54 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I've been trying to make a particular hat, and it just will not work. I get gauge, but it lays wrong, and ends up fitting too snugly...

A few minutes of even virtual perusal of yarn was enough to make me rethink the current idea and rip out four hours of work in favor of trying something different.

Thanks. I bet you didn't even realize you were giving advice!

Re: I needed this today

Date: 2017-02-19 05:17 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
I hope your hat project got sorted out?

A recent cold snap in Rain City inspired me to create a hooded cowl pattern. It had to be very close-fitting because I had *one* skein of bulky yarn that was just perfect for the concept - but only the one skein (Malabrigo Rasta, azulamora colorway). A couple of hours on Ravelry provided some ideas which I morphed together, then debugged, frogged, and knit again ... six times in total, but the result is *very* pretty, and I did succeed in covering the basics with just the one skein of yarn. If I'd had more yarn, I'd've made the cowl part bigger - which I have done with later models. Also, stitching the hood up the center back was the first time I *ever* got Kitchener stitch to work. It's a PITA, but it *really* looks fantastic on this particular pattern.

I'd love to see a picture of the WIP, or the finished object, and "geek yarn" sometime, if you have enough spoons for such.

Re: I needed this today

Date: 2017-02-19 05:24 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I started a fourth variation. Nope. the yarn just is not suited. Hubby wants a hat, for a shock, and his will be acrylic, rather than wool. That will give me a break from the problem and a chance to analyze the difference in the "same" weight of two different fiber types.

Re: knitting natterings

Date: 2017-02-19 05:45 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
Ah well, I'm sure the yarn will become something else warm and lovely, in time.

If the pattern you're trying to make calls for wool and you're using acrylic, or vice versa, that's going to be difficult to pull off, for sure. There's plenty of variation *within* a type of fiber (merino wool feels and knits up differently than Peruvian wool than Icelandic wool, for instance). Extend that to different kinds of fiber and ... yikes!

In my experience most acrylics knit up stiffer than most wools, though the "baby yarn" acrylics, and ones called "Softee" and "Satin" respectively, are softer and behave more like wool.

How complex does your hubby want his hat to be, and what weight of yarn do you have to work with? I'm currently working on a cowl from a pattern called Brain Frieze that I found via Ravelry; it uses fingering weight yarns and a somewhat complex pattern, but knits up *very* stylishly, and it can be adapted for a hat as well.

Best of luck with your projects!

Re: knitting natterings

Date: 2017-02-19 06:09 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
>> Wow, that's pretty. <<

Yep!

>> It looks complicated... <<

Exactly. Usually I wouldn't attempt something that complicated, but the shop sample I saw was done with a particular yarn that didn't seem all that soft to the touch, but the finished garment *was* ... so I had to try it for myself. Definitely requires a fair amount of concentration, though!

hooded cowl

Date: 2017-02-19 06:11 am (UTC)
callibr8: icon courtesy of Wyld_Dandelyon (Default)
From: [personal profile] callibr8
If you're interested in seeing the hooded cowl, I can take pictures of the finished versions and send them to you. I could see the design possibly working for you, as it's somewhat close fitting but not super-close, and combines head coverage with neck and upper shoulder coverage.

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