Feb. 28th, 2010

plans,

Feb. 28th, 2010 04:31 pm
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Planning has never been a particular strength of mine. Or at least when faced with a multitude of options. (If you give me one project and tell me to focus on it it, that's one thing. I'm a rockstar at that. Give me an assortment of shiny projects with no deadlines, however...) I've spent a good chunk of the morning poking at my ravelry queue and running around etsy looking at some handpainted roving and I'm at a loss for what to do next, and how to prioritize.

- Do I want to make a big project or a small one?
- Do I want to use yarn I have or do I want to get new yarn?
- Do I want to spin the yarn or just buy it?
- Will my sanity hold up if I try to spin it?
- Where on earth with I get that much fiber from?

And on it goes.

I think, at least, I want to finish up the projects already in progress (for example, I'd really like to finish my Peaks Island Hood while it's still cold enough to wear it (which for me, means below freezing, I'm a hearty Northastern Gal and fear no cold temperatures,))and then maybe only have one stash-busting wip going while I move on to working on writing some patterns and spinning up what I currently have in stash. I have a couple of ideas for shawl, scarf, and hood-like-thing patterns which I'd like to get written and tested before the fall and this mass backlog of OMGness is definitely holding it up.

This would all be so much simpler if I could hit the lottery for some big money or there were a few more hours in the day.
fallingbooks: grey and white cat sitting suspiciously close to the nasturtium (cats)
...on 'adopting' a sheep and has anyone any experience with it?

If you're not familiar with the concept, there are a number of farms out that that for a fee will allow you to 'adopt' one of their critters (usually in the llama, alpaca and sheep families, although sometimes goats and bunnies.) The idea being that you pay upfront (anywhere from $50-$250) for a lot of the year's care and feeding and in exchange you get to run off with the fleece at shearing season. You also generally get a picture of your adopted critter, updates from the farm, and opportunities to visit if you're local.

I like the idea because not only do I get a fleece (!!!) I'm giving money directly to the farmers and hopefully taking a little worry off their hands by putting money in their hands in the early stages of production. I also think that for ME it's a little more cost effective than a CSA share for the most part, offering a whole 5-6 lb fleece as compared to 1-2 pounds of processed roving/yarn. But that's also because I'm interested in dealing with the fleecy end of things, and don't necessarily need the extra processing, which also adds on additional costs at the farm level.

I still need to research it a bit more, figure out what kind of fleece I want, etc., I'd love to do alpaca, but sheep are more in my priceline at the moment.

I am getting way too into this.

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