Here is my yarn story for today’s Misc. Monday: Once upon a time and for a fleeting moment shortly after I began spinning, I felt my soul being drawn towards a certain negative force. It felt so wrong. It’s just not who I am. However, I couldn’t fight it. I was being drawn into the depths of yarn hell!. Then, like the protagonist in a shape-shifting monster anime, I resisted that negativity and regained myself. Ahhh…. Zen….
What was this horrible force drawing me into the void, you may ask. It was the awful enemy, “The Yarn Snob”. It looks down on Red Heart Super Saver. It scoffs at Lion Brand Pound of Love. It sneers at Caron Simply Soft. It also considers certain other yarns (depending on its branch of yarn religion) less than dirt. It’s a horrible enemy that must be quashed!. It must be annihilated!
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.
How was your weekend? Mine was educational. I streamed Craftsy classes during one of its free weekends. It’s a great way to get tips and tricks on a large variety of crafts from baking to quilting to painting, and or course, crochet and spinning. There are paid courses, but I found several free ones too. Craftsy is so much more that just online classes for crafting students though.
For my first “What’s on my Bobbin?”, I would like to introduce you to my half-finished Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid. Because I only have four bobbins for my Louet S17, my spinning projects should be fairly easy to have a “Finished Project Follow Up” blog post written for them.
I really wish I could remember exactly which booth I bought this fiber from. I really do. But that day at New Jersey Sheep and Wool was such a blur. It was my first time there as a spinner looking for fiber and I was so overwhelmed. I tried my best to grab business cards and keep receipts with the fiber, but I failed for this braid. At the very least I am sure that it is a Bluefaced Leicester because I clearly remember the sign above the display. Continue reading “Fractal Spinning a Bluefaced Leicester Braid”
After some well needed time alone, I am looking forward to bringing you some exciting future plans for my website. It has been a long time coming and I am ready to begin this new adventure!
I’ve been trying to find a way to bring my love of crochet to others. In-person teaching has been a good way to start, but I feel that something is missing in a two hour class. Learning the very basic chain stitch is not easy for someone who has never touched a hook. The beginner is concentrating so hard on one or two steps that they can’t process the rest of the entire dance.
I started a new venture this past fall. It’s something I never imagined myself doing. I’ve always been content to just grab yarn off the store shelves, not worrying about anything other than how soft it felt or what color it was. That all changed when I took a spinning class at a local yarn shop.