Saturday, December 15, 2012

On a career transition - again

So much has happened since my last post. I'm not a very good blogger (I think I've said this before) and being as busy as I've been is just one of the reasons. It turned out that a development job was not for me; at least not yet. So I took a new position of Alabama Volunteer Manager at the newest Make-A-Wish chapter: Alabama! I started September 1 and have been going non-stop ever since. That is not that I don't take time out for myself, it just seems to go from one day to the next. When the new chapter started, the staff in Alabama went from 3 to 5 in two weeks and a month after that we were at 7! I love the ladies I work with and it's definitely a challenge as we shift and adjust to all of the new in the office. I have to remind myself daily that we get to make it the "Alabama" way now instead of the "Georgia & Alabama" way. It is a unique situation and I'm happy I was able to be included. On top of everything, today is my 2 year anniversary with Make-A-Wish - I'm forever grateful!

For the fun stuff. I've been interested in spinning for a while now (the act of taking roving and putting twist into it to make yarn). I learned on a drop spindle which was cumbersome and bulky. I moved to a trindle and though it made spinning easier it wasn't as fluid as I wanted it to be. Therefore, my interest in owning a spinning wheel increased. I tested a few out in Atlanta before I moved and was pleased with the results that I got; also I was pleased with how naturally it felt to me. But due to moving costs, I held off on getting one. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when we were in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and my mom said that we would be picking up a Christmas present for me early. I was shocked to hear her say that because she knows that if I know I'm getting it now then she won't get to wrap it up and put it under the tree. You can imagine my greater surprise when she told me we would be going to The Whole Nine Yarns to pick it out! Needless to say we walked out with a single treadle Ashford Traveller.

I came back that weekend and went to work! I had received some pencil roving a few years back and as of today it is all finished!

I think I may call it "Cotton Candy." It has all of the light blues, purples and pinks that remind me of that yummy carnival treat. I'll be starting on some blue faced leicester roving that was dyed green. Hopefully I can keep you somewhat more up-to-date on the adventures of an intermediate spinner.