Nearly ten years ago a friend tried to talk me into handspinning. She had a new wheel and loved the process, thought I would too, and continually pushed me to give it a try. This was at a time when my main focus was embroidery and I was immersed in constant study of various techniques which took all of my leisure time. Spinning was something I knew would be enjoyable, but I just had no time to give up.
After starting my blog, I watched as many knitters made the progression to spinning and knew I had to give it a try. It took a couple years before I talked myself into a spindle, another year to talk myself in to learning to use it, and several more months before I bought a wheel. While I have spun a bunch of yarn and knit several projects with my handspun, spinning has been something I could take or leave.
I'm not meticulous or obsessive about spinning like some people I know. I admire Susan and the perfect yarns she creates (SO exquisite), but I am not Susan, I am not the precise spinner she is. Her last two handspun skeins are breathtaking and I wish you could touch them both (and I'm happy that I could!). The merino singles are incredible and will make an amazing shawl. Her three ply looks like a commercially spun yarn...it's so perfect!
H is for Handspun
There is usually something ready to go on the wheel and I can slip into
place and spin when the mood strikes. It takes awhile to get through a
spinning project because I rarely sit at the wheel for more than a few minutes. My favorite handspun yarns are singles and 3-ply. Currently I'm working on a single with a gorgeous Indigo Moon roving of a merino/silk blend. It was purchased from Rhinebeck and is a delight to spin. (Sadly the company is no longer around.) I do enjoy watching it slide through my fingers and form an interesting yarn. The plan is to follow in the footsteps of Cheryl, who knits with her beautiful handspun singles and creates the most amazing shawls.
Jared has started a series on handspinning that will be interesting if you’re a knitter and/or a spinner. Just his pictures are worth a seeing, but I think you'll find the series very informative and enjoyable.
This week a package of sunshine arrived on my doorstep from Laura. The box was full of sun colored gifties, fun gifties! Flower power coasters, a little handmade dish (for orts?), the most darling stitch counter I've ever seen (a pink martini!) and a skein of yarn! When I picked up the skein of yarn I realized it was her handpainted, handspun and I was so touched. Isn't this skein beautiful?! It's has summer sun written all over it! (EPos for Sandy) It will become a shawl and I'll have sunshine on my shoulders any time I need it. Thank you, grrlfriend!
Take a closer look...yum!