- Read Judith MacKenzie McCuin's The Intentional Spinner: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn and LEARN!
- Spin for consistency -- learn to make yarn of a consistent, smooth thickness
- Spin to experiment -- try using the wheel at different ratios and treadle speeds and with different fibers
- Spin for joy -- because it's fun to spin!
- Spin to make yarn -- don't worry about a finished garment, just see what kind of yarn comes out and assign it to a project later -- or call it art yarn!
- Spin to practice plying -- an excellent skill to master
- Spin to dye -- try dyeing some handspun yarn in Kool-Aid or natural dyes (I am not quite ready to set up a chemical dyeing situation just yet)
- Spin for practice -- don't worry about whether the finished yarn looks perfect -- focus on what I am spinning IN THE MOMENT
- Spin with a spindle -- because it is meditative and soothing
- Spin for speed -- also a good skill to acquire, though better to be slow and produce excellent yarn than quick and produce shoddy yarn
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Spin to spin
When I first got my spindle, and then spinning wheel (and I know that some people name their wheels, but I think that's a little bit silly, so mine will just be "spinning wheel," at least until I acquire another, which I'm assured I will) I felt certain that I had to produce knit-worthy yarn right away, even if it was lumpy-bumpy "art" yarn (which it was.) I was spinning for quantity, as well -- if I were going to knit with the yarn I made, I wanted to make enough yarn to make something useful, which for me is nothing smaller than a sweater -- so you can imagine the fluffy puffs of fiber knocking around our house. But I have taken some time off from spinning to wash my two raw fleeces and do some sewing and knitting, and now I have some new spinning goals: