Sunday, January 22, 2006

More spinning follies

Not that I particularly wanted to talk about spinning today -but I have pictures! Resting in its handy IKEA carrying case, my happy-making drop spindle and some roving I bought at Rhinebeck. Again, wish I knew where I got it, but quite frankly bought so much stuff that I have no idea where anything came from. I promise to be a better Rhinebeck blogger next year!

75% merino, 25% silk - very pretty colors. I had no idea how much I needed to do anything knitterly with, so I bought a 6 ounce bag. This is my first attempt with a drop spindle so be kind.

And some single ply. Well, some very thick single ply. Well, some very thick and ocasionally very thin single ply. Well, you get the idea.
All things being equal, I probably should have picked 100% wool for my first project, I have a heck of a time drafting this as the silk is much harder to pre-draft than the wool is, so getting it consistent has been problematic. The 100% silk from the hankies comes out much more even for me. However wonky it is though, I like it. I love the colors, and I love that I made it.

There was an article in the New York Times this past Thursday talking about how hip spinning is. My first thought was uh-oh - there goes the spinning neighborhood, although a spinning trend has to be a lot less obnoxious than a poncho trend. The funny thing (to me) about the article is how many of the spinners said they spun to enjoy the process and didn't want to knit anything out of the yarn they made. DIDN'T WANT TO KNIT ANYTHING OUT OF THE YARN THEY MADE! I don't get it, it just doesn't compute. To me, that's like spending hours making gourmet cookies and then throwing them in the trash. Which I suppose makes me a results oriented knitter rather than a process oriented knitter. I do enjoy the process, I am just also Type A enough to want something the neighbors can admire when I am finished.

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