Wednesday, 24 June 2009


I haven't exactly gotten into the habit of regular spinning yet. By the end of the day, when I sit down to do something relaxing, I pick up my knitting. For me, spinning is interesting and challenging, but not yet mindless and easy. I have to be in the right mood for it. Once I get started, it's quite peaceful, kind of like yoga, because it's so repetitive. Saturday I was in just the right kind of mood, so I picked out a braid of my hand dyed roving and spent the evening spinning what became this 2 ply yarn.

It's about 130 yards, not as much as I'd like to be able to get out of 4 oz of roving, but still better than my previous trials. It's really encouraging, because I seem to get better every time. I still have to work on keeping my singles light and lofty instead of tight and overspun. Some sections turned out pretty well, but others are still too tight.

I like the colour too. That's what's so fun about spinning hand dyed rovings. The colours combine to create some really beautiful results. This is the roving I used:

Pinks and plums and dark greys, I think it's kind of lovely! This one may turn into a simple hat, I think I have enough yardage... maybe a child's hat! I do have a lovely god-daughter who loves to receive hand knit gifts!


  1. When I think of spinning I think of spinning "out of control" because that's what I believe will happen if I undertake another fiber-related hobby - it sounds like things are well under control for you though!

  2. so pretty! I love the colours, the grey and plum is gorgeous, you are right!

    - Julie

  3. That looks beautiful! Looks extremely even to me.

    And I think I would follow your 'plum' colourway anywhere, so how could I say bad things about it all spun up?


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