They can't All be good days
Wow you guys! I think I better start with the biggest thank you to all of you who have taken the time to visit, read and comment on my previous post. It has been one of those days and you all truly helped lift me up! It never occurred to me that the comments would be so amazingly supportive and thoughtful. Thank you!!! A couple more days and I will pick the winner of the giveaway.
My plan is to post once per week. Then today happened and it seemed a day to share. A not so perfect day at the Mill...
It started off with me dropping off the last 3 foster kittens at the Humane Society. I cried a lot last night and this morning as I said goodbye. The two tabbies are going to someone I know and they will have a wonderful life! The black girl has yet to find a home and I absolutely fell in love with her. Letting them go was rough, but they have had a positive and healthy start to their lives and that was my job. So why didn't we just adopt her? The long and short of it is we are full and on a tight budget. I have enacted a "no new mouths" to feed policy and I am trying to stick to it.
Despite my better judgement I decided to go into the Mill to do just a couple hours of work. My spinner is down for a couple days as we had to order a new bearing and as these times have it, the distribution center it comes from had an employee contract Covid-19 so shipment is a little delayed. That's ok, I am working on a big client order so I can finish running the already processed rovings thru the drawframe and finish the last bit of carding so we are all ready once the spinner is up.
The carded rovings are passed thru the drawframe in an effort to further align and even out the fibers prior to spinning. The more even the roving you have, the more even the yarn will be spun. Immediately upon starting up the drawframe I had a problem. The rovings were feeding just fine thru the first half of the machine but started backing up prior to exiting. Likely another bearing out. Grrr.
Ok, that is ok. I'll just finish up with the carding. As I went to prep the carder the vacuum duct, which pulls dirt and debris out of the machine while it runs, fell apart into 3 pieces and dropped dirt everywhere. I screamed my most frustrated scream, climbed off the ladder, called Mitch to tell him all the machines I had broken, then left. Ha! I'll teach this day.
I am one to always look for some sort of bright side. For today, I took some pictures of the new colors available in our Shyra yarn (Shetland/Pygora blend) and I love them together! You all are the first to see. They are available now in our online shop in limited quantities and dyed to order.
And then a super bright note on this day! Word that the Supreme Court has upheld that Civil Rights laws protect gay and transgender rights from workplace discrimination. Finally a win!!! Now that is a way to end the day!
6/15/2020 09:41:14 pm
I’m sorry you had a rough day- when it rains it hails! I feel you on keeping fosters. I accidentally tend to end up with a favorite just about every darn time. I just have to remember that I have to have room to foster more down the road. The kitten will find a great new home - they almost always go quickly in OR but especially this year they have been. You ensured that she had a great start and got that opportunity. All that said I also cry the night before and on the way home after. Fostering is hard, and doesn’t seem to get easier, but boy it’s rewarding! The new colors are beautiful and woohoo for the civil rights upholding!
6/17/2020 05:45:30 pm
It really is hard to let go of them. It looks like several of them are going to people I know or social media friends so that is great!
6/15/2020 10:09:54 pm
The vibes for today must just be off; having a rough day here, as well. 😢. Sending a hug your way. 🤗
6/17/2020 05:46:02 pm
Nancy I hope your week has improved! Thank you for the hug!
6/16/2020 02:46:49 am
Are the original bearings sealed or open? Bill in Corvallis
6/17/2020 05:46:48 pm
Sealed for the most part.
6/16/2020 05:08:40 pm
I like bad day posts, they are honest and real and show your true grit. The colored yarns are gorgeous and I wish you a speedy machine recovery. And shoutout of thanks to Mitch. Love also hearing about the yarn process.
6/17/2020 05:47:38 pm
Ha, now that is a positive attitude!
6/16/2020 05:10:07 pm
oh my goodness it sounds like you had a day :( so sorry!
6/17/2020 05:48:11 pm
Thanks Wendi. You are always a ray of sunshine!
6/17/2020 05:45:45 pm
Wow - one of those days you want to go back to bed and hide under the covers, because starting over doesn't seem like any fun. I'm glad you made it through, and I really love all those colors together too!
6/17/2020 05:48:49 pm
Thank you! And yes, I did consider the back to bed. Ha!
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I am Kim Biegler, the owner and operator of Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill, along with my husband Mitch - my steadfast supporter, enabler, grass seed farmer, maintenance guy and all around love of my life! Visit the Mill's website for more about us and well, to shop for fiber of course! ewethfulfiberfarm.com