Monday, September 20, 2010

It's all in how you look at it

Having confessed my disappointing yarn to all the world, my brain kept spinning with the topic. (Oh yes, that pun was intended.)  I finally caved and dived in to my bag of Black Lamb pencil roving Saturday afternoon.  I had no idea how to draft such fine fiber so I didn't bother.  Instead I just spun the stuff, straight up.  And you know, it was a pretty straight forward process.  I got some nice singles that way.

Then things got a little crazy.  Instead of stopping half-way through, I spun up the other half of the fiber Saturday evening.  And in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, I woke up and was unable to sleep.  You know what happens next.  I plyed.  Both sets of singles. 

What's your view? 

Is it stubborn mulishness and an unwillingness to be less than my best?

The kinder among you will say it was persistence in the face of difficulties.

Either way, I made a rather nice chunky yarn.

But you know, I'm still disappointed!  It should have been a lovely fingering weight.  I'm telling myself... next time I'll make fingering weight yarn.  Cause you know there will be a next time!

Now to knit it.  I'm imagining a nice hat.


  1. Dude, you made usable yarn on your 2nd try and you're having fun, so that means you'll keep coming back. I think you've got the golden ticket! And it'll just get better from here.

  2. p.s. love the steampunk goggles. I too have a kid whose personality would mesh nicely with such an accessory. Therefore, lookie where we're going on Saturday:

  3. You won't have fingering weight in your next handspun but what you will notice is a gradual thinning of your singles over time. It's all part of the process of course and I am sure you have heard this before but I'll say it again. Enjoy your nice thicker yarn cause once you get spinning finer it is very hard to get back to the thicker yarns that you spun in the beginning!

  4. I hope you are hitting the FCK tonight. That Janice is a fab teacher. Not that I spin, but I'm also under the impression that the type of spindle you use affects the weight of your yarn.

    It's nice Chick . . .is there enough for a hat?

  5. Oh that spun up really nicely :-) See you at FCK tonight....and bring the spun yarn! I wish I could spin thick yarn LOL. I'm stuck in fingering weight lane....just like Jody said :-)

  6. I love the yarn. And who's to say that when we go to a 'fair' that what we see on display was actually intended to be what we see. Maybe there are many misses.

  7. Very nice looking yarn. You'll get better with more practice.

  8. I agree with Brenda. And I, too, love that yarn.

  9. I think it is gorgeous!