Wow wow wow. I have so many things to write and so little time to do it. The babies are overdue to wake up from thier nap so this will be a flash post.
Remember last Friday's sunflowers? The package called them Evening Sun. I knew there should be some slight variations to the coloring by the picture on the package but I didn't expect to see this!
The colors of this sunflower make me think of my SPICE colorway - a great combination of natural spicy colors. I dyed a skein of SPICE sock yarn for a special order earlier this week and soon will be dyeing six more skeins in worsted weight for a special order - the buyer is planning to make a sweater with it! I just can't wait to see how that turns out! This slow re-entry to yarn dyeing is making me anxious to get more yarn ordered and work on some new colorways that are swimming around in my head.
Last night I finished reading Spinning in the Old Way around 9:30 pm. I went to the kitchen to retrieve the new spindle and wool then I sat down - picked it all up - and spun. It was that simple. Like wow- an extension of my body or something. I had imagined, all through reading the book, how my posture would be, what I imagined would feel comfortable, etc. While reading the book I occasionally picked up a bit of fiber and felt the texture and pulled it in different ways imagining how it might feel to be drafting it out to spin. I used the "supported" method described in the book, which Margene called "parking" your spindle. After a while I was comfortable with the "suspended" method of giving the spindle a good twirl and then letting it hang down as I carefully controlled the spin and draft. This would be better if I was standing (or sitting on a tall stool) because it goes pretty fast and the spindle is nearly down to the floor before you know it.
After spinning for about two hours last night I put the spindle and wool down and picked the book back up. The entire time I worked with the spindle and wool I never glanced at the book - I just did what seemed to work for me. I checked through the "spinning technique" section of the book and said "wow - I'm doing it right!" My greatest worry was that I was winding the spun wool onto the spindle in the wrong direction.
This morning I got up and while Emeline and Lila were busy with Elmo on Sesame Street I couldn't resist the wool. The colored wool. That I dyed the other day.... remember that? I pulled it apart into a very thin strip and combined it with undyed fiber so it would last longer - I didn't dye very much. It soon became this...
The more I do this the more comfortable with it I get.... but I've only begun. When I run out of wool or when this spindle gets full... or when I just can't take the suspense any longer... I will have to get the book back out and figure out how to ply the yarn. All I know so far is that I can twirl this thing and make the yarn twist - and I can roll it onto the shaft of the spindle. Beyond that, who knows. At this point I still don't know if I'm really doing it *right*. I have taken a long piece and let it ply back upon itself. That's nice. But is it *right*? We'll find out. I will learn more as I go but for now I've got the basics under control and the rest is just perfecting the basics - like whether I need more or less twist. That's the big thing now.
Isn't it weird? I'm so glad that the "big thing now" is whether I'm over or under twisting the yarn I'm spinning. Other "big things" will surface soon enough. In the mean time I'm hooked on spinning. But I can't let my knitting languish - I have knitting goals. And I also want to get back to my yarn dyeing. This is good.
In the past I've enjoyed SO many different types of needlework. I like to quilt. I like to crochet. I like to do Hardanger work. And cross stitch on linen. And embroider. I like to sew. And that's just needlework - I love to do a lot of other things too. But within the past year (less than a year actually) I've branched out the fiber interests from knitting to yarn dyeing to spinning - hopefully I'll continue to spin and enjoy it. The wheels are turning for me - I can definitely see adding rovings to my shop for dyeing. And I look forward to experimenting with silk caps and silk hankies for dyeing and would like to have those in my shop too. Oh the possibilities.
So after the bit of colored wool was mixed with undyed wool and I spun that bit, I sort of forgot about adding the undyed wool into my drafting fiber and it became this....
Gotta run. The babies are awake and need lunch. Have a great day! :)