I’ve got about 6g of extra fine brown cotton spun for the two-ply skein and I think it’s taken me about 10 hours to do that much. I’m losing 25% in broken yarn along the way. I’m going to continue to use the Lendrum because it’s more than fast enough and I can see what I’m doing. I can’t find a comfortable place to spin with the charka at home and I still haven’t worked out how I can both turn the wheel and still see the yarn at arm’s length without inciting major back spasms. And after I finish this, there are still two more extra fine skeins, one cotton and one silk. I’m not sure quite what the second half kilometer of cotton is supposed to tell that the first doesn’t, that I know how to spin this fiber or that I have minimum 50 hours to sit there for each skein. Based on previous samples, I expect the two-ply skein to be around 450m and single 900.

I can only spin about four hours a day at most just because I can’t sit like that for longer. And that’s when I don’t have other responsibilities. This week I’m both driving to Los Angeles to pick up solar panels and planning a fundraising party. If I didn’t have a doctor’s appointment today, I’d be out picking up plastic electrical enclosures. As it is, I’m merely waiting for someone to come get the key for the truck instead. It’s probably best I not bring up the state of the kitchen. (When I’m not spinning, I’m planning a test deployment of wireless computers for Uganda with the “startup” non-profit we’re involved with. Fun and professionally rewarding but a lot of work and it is still mostly being funded by personal credit cards.)

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