Fall SpinningWhen the temperature finally dropped, the spinning bug came back with a vengeance. I've only had time here and there to spin a little in the evenings, but after a month or so, I've accrued a few beautiful additions to my stash. Maybe you could use a little visual fiber pick-me-up this morning? I know I could.
"Cool Hand"; 2-Ply Falkland wool from FatCatKnits; 4 oz. spun from this
"Lazy Daisy"; 2-Ply Superwash Merino from Pigeonroof Studios; 4 oz. spun fromthis
"Espresso"; 2-Ply Superwash Merino from HelloYarn; 10 oz. spun fromthis
The palette turns out to be rather fitting for this time of year, eh? I'm scheming a handspun scarf with the "Espresso" batch, since I have about 10 oz. The others will probably be gift hats, although I haven't made any decisions on holiday gifts this year. I'll probably employ my regular policy: knit as usual until December 20th. Assess finished objects and assign gifts if they are available. No guilt allowed. (This has proven much more effective than trying to stick to an unreasonable regimen of deadlines - effectively ruining the joy of knitting during the best time of year)
Enjoy the rest of your week. I've got some heathered merino on the wheel to keep me busy if I can find a free minute aside from schoolwork and knitting time. Keep your sweaters on!
¶ 9:57 AM
It's beautiful! I love how the twist subtly blends the colors. You make me want to spin. You're evil !!! ;)
I'm not a spinner so 'always assumed the generally garish appearance of dyed roving yielded an equivalently loud yarn. Your links to the roving for your handspun show me a different way to see it and imagine the potential!
Beautiful yarn! It makes me wish the spinning bug would bite me too!
I really like the idea of knitting as usual until right before Christmas and then deciding what finished objects can be given away as gifts. And no guilt! Excellent! It's not like the world will seize to exist if not every single person I know get knitted Christmas presents from me... :)
Your lovely yarn is making me crazy - I want to learn to spin! I'm a potter, too, and I love the whole process from making my own clay to the finished glazed piece. I wanted to keep knitting at a place where I could buy my yarn and go from there. I've started to want more of the process, though. My arm is slowly twisting.
Your spinning is wonderful. I always love a bit of white in a hand painted roving. It adds so much interest in the final yarn. I hope you can share pics of your finished projects.
# posted by Salt City Spinner : 14 November, 2007 13:37
I totally embrace the idea of knitting for the sake of knitting and then deciding what FOs are appropriate gifts and for who. It will be good to be armed with this when my DW says "You're knitting *another* scarf?" (We live in Houston)
I am fairly certain the fullblown spinning bug will pass me by as it would compromise my knitting time. That said, I am seriously contemplating a spindle class to spin some sock yarn for some me socks. Is that like the gateway drug?
I love your gift giving policy...sounds right on the nose to me. It's all about the joy of giving! Not the stress and guilt. I have only planned one gift...a pair of socks for one grandmother, whatever else happens, happens as you said! I'll fill in the gaps with baked goods and bath products. ;)
Can't imagine how beautiful your yarn would be to touch and see in person. I try not to knit to Christmas deadlines. I make a few hats and kiddie items, but I like my knitting to be the antidote to the gatherings and concerts and preparation. I'm not sure I'm wired for "guilt free".
I mused at your no guilt gift giving. It seems that this is the same way of thinking I have adopted for this season! I have tried the making a list of everything I wish to make for everyone. Which only results in driving myself bonkers as well as sucking the joy right out of knitting. Afterall, Joy is what knitting is all about. Especially in the chilly months, when one can knit happily with a lapful of wool and not melt. Cheers to you Jared. Lovely yarn.
A super fall at its best pick me up. Thanks To day is my Fri and I'm a passenge on trip to Portland, OR tommorow so lots of knitting. Then when there time to explore yarn shops in outlying towns. One shop even sells spinning wheels! On my. . . I might get a little weak when I see them and think of your lates stash addtions.
Dear Jared, your skeins are very beautiful. I am coming out of lurkdom to ask you a spinning question today. As I am spinning 1.5 lbs of romney roving from the NYS sheep and woolfest, and liking it quite a bit, I am wondering if you also measure your skeins in yards, not just by weight. How will you know if you have enough for a project? I have a niddy-noddy for skein winding, but measuring one go around gives me varying results.
wanted to compliment you on this really beautiful handspun, and more on the wonderful photos you take of your work. I find that to be the most challenging part of blogging and it is the most critical for capturing attention. Your photos and models are just great and I really admire your work!