It has been a long time coming, but I have finally finished the bright rainbow singles that have taken forever and day to spin. The bobbin is plump full of mixed wool of lovely colors that must now be put into a skein before giving them several rounds of fiber abuse so the final kinks can relax. After torturing the skein with alternating hot and cold water, I will take out my frustrations as I whack the skein on the deck railing.
This might sound excessively cruel, but it’s how the springy singles settle down. As long as I don’t agitate the yarn while it’s in the hot water it won’t become a felted disaster. This skein is mixed wool and not something more delicate such as merino.
Rain, Rain go away! With all this rain I expect there to be multiple rainbows once the sun returns. If not, there are several rainbows lying on the bed next to me as I write this blog post. Currently, it’s steadily raining and the poor chap just outside my window is vainly attempting to leaf blow the wet grass he just cut. I’d tell him not to even bother, but he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
As with most of my weekends, I spent it crafting. Do you realize that there is more than one way to craft? Yes, I was creating tangible items when I spun the Embers roving into yarn. But I also did some virtual crafting when I made iron ore into iron pick axes in Minecraft. I find both of these types of crafting enjoyable for their own distinct reasons.
For me spinning singles came out of my desire to spin the best yarn I can. I’m not a robot so I will have bumps along the road. That’s what make me human. But I want to do my best as often as I am able. There have been bad days where I wonder what the heck I’m doing with the contraption I lovingly named Loki. And there have been really good days when I find myself squishing a particularly lovely skein of yarn like it’s a stuffed toy.
I started spinning on a spindle in October of 2016. Eventually, I purchased a spinning wheel and my love of making yarn really took off. My ideal yarn is smooth and even and as thin as I can make it. Call me frugal, but I want to get the most mileage out of my fiber. Thick and thin chunky yarn is wasted on me. That’s how I am and I’m perfectly happy.