When I am not test knitting Elfin Goth for Jen I have been spinning, spinning, spinning. I was inspired by some naturally dyed BFL roving and decided that I wanted to spin enough of it to make a sweater for myself. Pictured at left are the first 3 skeins. I am spinning a 3-ply yarn where two of the plies are from solid colored roving (that I split in half and spun on two different bobbins) and the third ply is from a painted roving in the same colors as the solid rovings. I haven't given these skeins a bath yet because I just finished them up last night. So far I am pleased with this yarn but the true test will be knitting with it.
Mama O (who I met at SOAR) tagged me for the meme where you tell 5 things you haven't yet told on your blog. I think I am going to combine this with the "6 weird things" meme since I think you all would much rather hear odd things about me rather than the more every day stuff.
1. I wear my hair long and always have. I've never really gotten a hair cut only trims. I last got it trimmed in mid-December. The time before that was a few months before I got married. Which means I went over a year and half without cutting it. When I got it cut in December it was the longest it had ever been reaching past my waist. I wasn't conscientiously avoiding getting my hair cut it more like I couldn't be bothered. I'm going to try and remember to get it cut every 6 months from here on out but no promises there.
2. I dropped out of eighth grade. We had just moved back to California from Kansas City, Missouri and I made it through to the winter break at the small public school in the small town we moved to but I didn't go back after the break. I was home schooled for the rest of the year. I felt like such an outsider because everyone had gone to school together since kindergarten. Plus I was at least a year or two ahead in the curriculum and once the principal found out I was a girl (my name is unisex) he wouldn't let me take classes at the high school. I think the final straw was when a boy asked me why voice was so low. I responded, "I don't know, genetics." To which he responded, " Do you read the dictionary or something?"
I ended up going to boarding school in Southern California for high school.
3. Re: the low voice. In my head it sounds normal but my voice does tend to generate a lot of comments. Most often people tell me I have a sexy voice or that I should do voice overs, or radio. Neither of which I have ever done.
4. I speak Spanish almost fluently and speak it almost exclusively at home. My husband is Mexican and we speak mostly Spanish at home even though it would be beneficial for my husband to practice his English. When we first started seeing each other his English wasn't great nor was he very comfortable speaking it. My Spanish was better than his English so that was the language we used. His English has improved a lot since then but we keep speaking Spanish.
I took Spanish in school but I really learned Spanish when I participated in an exchange program my Junior year of high school to Barcelona. We lived with host families and had most of our classes in Spanish (only math and English classes were in English). It was an incredible experience that taught me a lot more than just Spanish.
When I first started dating my husband I had roommates. One night after I got off the phone from talking with my future husband my roommate came to my room and asked me if had just been speaking in Spanish. I told her I had and asked how she knew. She told me that I laughed differently when I was speaking Spanish. I think that may be true to this day. I feel like my voice is higher pitched when I speak Spanish.
5. I still have friends that I have known from the first grade though my closest friends are from high school (some of whom read this blog!). I think one odd thing that my best friend, Jenni, would point out about me is my ability to remember the phrases she tells me in other languages. Jenni speaks Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and a smattering of Italian (she and I took Italian in college together and were in the same exchange program to Barcelona). During college she also took Japanese classes and would randomly tell me words or phrases in Japanese that I would recombine and say to her, to her great amusement, at a later date. Jenni, Rhea, Erica what weird things can you guys think of?
6. I don't like overhead lights. I think I learned this from my parents. My husband doesn't understand what the big deal is.
Okay, I'm not sure that those were truly weird things about me but they were things that I haven't mentioned before on the blog. If any of you who know me in real life want to chime in with anything weird feel free to do so.