Obsessed? Who, Me?

Only a mere three days of spinning wheel bliss remaining before my buddy comes to take it away.

I have lots to show for its time here, though.

I turned this 80/20 superwash merino/silk (Family Pendragon April Club “Miss Giraffe”)

into this.

I turned this 75/25 BFL/silk (Mosaic Moon May club, “cerrunos”)

into this

And this Family Pendragon Mystic MCN Roving, “Inner Wild”

into this.

(It kind of feels like magic)

Then there was that other one. I won’t show you the other one. It is still too painful. I put it in hot water and forgot about it for about 12 hours. The colors bled and it slightly felted and it is horribly ugly. Add to that my inexperience and you get a really and truly ugly yarn. I hid it in the back of my yarn cabinet behind some gorgeous Malabrigo and it is going to stay there until the sting of failure has been soothed by the balm of time.

For now, I still have this yet to spin (Mosaic Moon BFL/Silk “Blue Louvre”)

And this. (corriedale roving, undyed, from Wildcard Fiber Arts)

(I know that this last one isn’t all colorful and knock-your-socks-off-gorgeous, but I am saving it for last because I really want an Estonian lace shawl out of this. It is going to be fabulous!)

But this one, this gorgeous 50/50 silk/superwash merino from Family Pendragon (May club colorway “heartwood”) is going to my beloved knitting buddy who left her spinning wheel at my house for two whole weeks in a successful attempt to spoil me beyond all reason and fan the embers of spinning curiosity into a raging blaze of passion. Hehehe.

All of this is so wonderful, but the best spinning moment so far was this one (a photo that I already shared on Facebook, I know).

My Dancing Queen is addicted, too.

I gotta get me a spinning wheel!

 

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Fibery Goodness

Cosymakes Falkland Fiber Club, March 2012 “Fresh”

Family Pendragon Mystic MCN, “Inner Wild”

Corriedale from Wildcard Fiber Arts, natural

Looks like my spindle is going to be busy for awhile. As a matter of a fact, I don’t even want to knit with all these luscious wools calling to me from the stash cabinet.

Oh, and check this out. This is totally cool.

When I told Kaylan at Wildcard Fiber Arts that I was a beginner and didn’t know much about the various spinning fibers available, she graciously sent a bunch of little samples to me. I have been fondling and sniffing and playing. This little bunch of bits is just the coolest thing and it perfectly compliments my current night time reading.

I am usually a very fast reader, but I am taking this book slowly. There is so much information packed in and I know almost nothing going in so it is a little overwhelming. But I am learning and loving it.

Oh, and there is knitting happening here, too. More on that tomorrow!

Five Reasons Every Knitter Needs a Drop Spindle

Knitting is a matter of two sticks and a long piece of string. But it is made more fun, interesting, exciting, whatever when you have some other tools as well. I contend that every knitter should have a drop spindle (and, therefore, learn to spin) for the following five reasons.

1. Spinning is meditative. Often I read (or hear people say) that knitting relaxes them. “I knit so that I don’t kill people” is a common logo on t-shirts, mugs, and tote bags for knitters. This sentiment is lost on me, however. Perhaps it is because I approach my knitting with a desire to be challenged, to reach goals, to learn new things. I don’t knit to relax. I knit to enrich. I knit to challenge. I knit to occupy my mind. Because of this approach, knitting tends to make me snippy and short tempered. “Don’t bug Mama, she is working lace right now.” “Leave Mama alone, she is trying to get that _____ finished.” But spinning is a whole other story. Spinning is meditative to me. The mesmerizing turn of the spindle, the fluid motion of drafting, the wool slipping through my fingers. Sigh. This is where I relax. This is my therapy.

Gorgeous, right? Check it out here.

2. Drop spindles are beautiful. Just search for a drop spindle on Etsy and you will see what I am talking about. When you are done collecting all the knitting needles any knitter could ever want, time to start a new collection.

3. A whole new stash. Speaking of collections – if a large yarn stash is heaven, than a fiber roving stash is heavenly potential. While you are on Etsy checking out spindles, be sure to look at the batts and braids in hand dyed colorways. Swoon.

Drooling, yet? Check out this roving here.

4. A new understanding of yarn and fiber. I have only been spinning for a short amount of time, and yet my mind is spinning (ha! pun intended) with the implications of all this new knowledge. Understanding the construction of yarn and the properties of different fibers opens up a whole new approach to my knitting. The idea that eventually I will be able to make yarn that is perfectly suitable for its intended knit just blows my mind!

5. Taking it to the next level. When you have conquered knitting, climbed every mountain so to speak, it is time to go deeper. Take it to the next level and be perfect in your craft.

So, what are you waiting for? Get spinning! 🙂