The World Spins Madly On.

Or at least the blogging portion of it. I’m starting to see spindles in my sleep. (Not that this is necessarily a bad thing.) I’ve been spinning like mad, and it’s actually boggling my wee little mind to see how much spinning I get done when I do it every day, rather than every few days. (Gee, you think? What a shocking surprise!) I’m going to continue the parade of Tour de Fleece projects, and show you something I’m actually working on as a present. 

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This, my pets, is four ounces of lovely undyed Blue Faced Leicester, and it is dreadfully late for my mom’s birthday, which was in May. I defend myself by saying that a) She doesn’t need a warm woolly handspun cowl in the height of a Texas summer, and b) I totally underestimated how long it would take me to finish this >.< She assures me that she still loves me, so that’s something at least. 

I love the BFL. It’s wonderfully soft, and I think it’s going to be very warm. I was considering dyeing the yarn after I finish spinning it, but as it is, it’ll match the mittens that I made my mom for Christmas last year. The one thing about BFL that I was not expecting is that it is way fuzzier than the other fibers I’ve spun so far. It’s been mostly merino and silk, and neither of them are nearly as “grabby” as the Blue Faced Leicester. This leads to a slightly fuzzier yarn, but I don’t mind that. Hopefully mom won’t either. I’m hoping to get this totally finished by the end of the Tour de Fleece, and I think I’m well on track to making that happen.

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At first, I did have a bit of trouble drafting this fiber, because the fibers just wanted to grab onto each other rather than pulling out into a length of yarn. Fortunately, I was going for a sortof uneven, bulky thick-and-thin kind of yarn, and so the learning curve actually added to the desired effect. 

Since I’m still such a new spinner, there’s a learning curve with every fiber I try. This can be a bit frustrating at times, but at the same time is really rewarding, because when I am getting ready to ply, I can see my learning curve in reverse as I wind the yarn off of the spindle. I’m still accustoming myself to the way different fibers behave, but it’s really fun! I like that I started from scratch, knowing nothing, and now I know, not a lot, but definitely something! 

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And, I like that the learning process gives me something tangible to hold at the end. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of holding something that you’ve made yourself. In that moment, it doesn’t even matter that it isn’t perfect, the flaws are all part of the process. What’s important is that you’ve created something, adding to the world rather than just absorbing the results of others’ creativity. And it is a GOOD feeling. 

 

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13 Comments

  1. FANTASTIC photos! I looooove close ups of fiber! Good luck with the cowl…any pattern in mind?

  2. I think I’m going to try to invent one. I don’t have a lot of yarn, so I want to make sure that I can use it all!

  3. Of course your Mom will still love you, look at that yarn! Not only are you making her a cowl, you making the YARN! If my Mom wasn’t allergic to wool and I did this, she would have a stroke! 🙂

    Looks amazing by the way, I have a very overwhelming urge to stick my face in it 😉

    • I do that. A lot >.< Handspun yarn is so much softer than commercial yarn!

      • I’ve noticed! 😉 and there is no shame in enjoying your yarn!

  4. Your Mom is a lucky lady. I completely related to the learning curve. I feel like as calming as knitting can be for me I do enjoy the challenge of learning a new technique, pattern, etc. Maybe that’s why I have a tendency to have more than one knitting project cast on. One for the “crossword puzzle” moments, and one for anti-anxiety moments … Keep spinning!

    • I have a lot of projects on the needles all the time for the same reason. Different situations require vastly different projects!

  5. that loos amazing, your handspun looks SO soft!

    • Thank you so much! I think handspun yarn is waaay softer than commercial yarn. I’m also a woolen spinner, so my yarn is super bouncy and soft! It won’t wear quite as well though, which is a shame for something that takes so long.

  6. Because everything about you and your blog is SO LOVELY, I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!! http://allnightknitter.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/one-lovely-blog-award/

    • Awwww, another one???? You are too good to me ^.^

      • I can’t help it – I get these awards and you pop into my brain! You really are very deserving!

  7. Beautiful!

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