I wanted to talk about spinning, today, since that’s been a big part of what I’ve been making this year. (Also, my new spinning wheel corner gets really good afternoon light, and I have been enjoying how easy it is to take Super Dramatic Wheel Shots like this.)
I’ve been participating in spinning challenges over Ravelry – 15 lbs in 2015 (which – I am not spinning that much, but they have a sub-challenge to spin 7.5lbs of fiber, and I’m trying for that), the Mega SAL, and now the Tour de Fleece. All of these have been really great for seeing other spinners’ work, which I find really inspiring and motivating.
I’ve been keeping up with my practice of spinning every day-ish* for the past year and a half, now, and that’s been helping a lot with making me a spinner who can be more consistent, and slowly I’m learning how to spin finer yarn when I want to.
I’m still not as skilled at controlling what I spin as I’d like to be. I do a lot of thinking that I’m going to get a certain weight of yarn, and often I end up spinning one weight heavier than I think I’m going to. But I’m getting better at that, and I’m still succeeding at making a lot of nice yarns – it’s just a little harder to figure out what to do with them when I can’t reliably spin to an intended purpose.
I spun my first ‘combination’ yarn, plying two separate 4-oz colourways together.
(Ravelry info here. Into The Whirled “Inconceivable” and “Cat’s Pyjamas” on 75/25 Polwarth/Silk.)
And then I spun another. This was MegaSAL fiber, and my first time spinning targhee. This consumed a lot of my May spinning time, as I started with two 6-oz braids. I have a lot of this, and am going to have to figure out a good plan for knitting it, soon.
(Ravelry info here. Fat Cat Knits “Noble Dragon” and “Ankh Mopork” on Targhee.)
I spun some more Mega SAL fiber – this was my first time working with fiber from Nest Fiber Studios, which has been on my spinning bucket list for a while. I have another bag of a complimentary colourway to this one, and I’m hoping to spin it similarly so that I can use them together.
(Ravelry info here. Nest Fiber Studio “Maiden’s Wish” on Superwash Merino.)
I’ve also been spinning for the Tour de Fleece, and spun down some of my Indigodragonfly club stash into these skeins of worsted weight.
(Ravelry info here. Indigodragonfly “Ostrichie Ostrich”/”D’ohne”/”Gaseous Clay” on Falkland.)
I’m starting to get into the rhythm of the Tour – I find I tend to spin a lot more per day for these two weeks, and some of my favourite yarns from 2014 were spun this time last year, so I’m sure I’ll have more to update about soon.
(*There are, obviously, some caveats. If I’m not in the same city as my wheel, I don’t spin. If I’m busy and I forget or can’t work spinning in, that’s not a failure, but I try to sit down for at least five minutes on the day I remember. It still works out to more days than one would think.)