It is now officially school holidays, when I typically take a week off from teacherly stuff and just be… well, just be really. It is time to binge watch a series of some sort (with aliens of course) and spin a lot of wool.
After the chores of the day are done and I can settle for an extended period without interruptions (thanks, in part, to a global pandemic), I start to make magic.
This holidays, I cleaned out my fleece stash and discovered that I have a lot of spun singles that need to be plied into yarn. I also have some very nice fleeces to be washed and spun into singles. My first step is to clear out my singles container and wash the new yarns. This yarn is going to our local Co Op to be sold.
Then I can wash some fleece and start spinning more singles. I have an ambitious plan in mind; I want to spin enough to knit a cardigan for myself. I will spin heaps of skeins of the same fleece (a white one), then I will dye the skeins in different colours and finally knit myself a cardigan. This little project could take until next Winter.
This entire fleece will be used as test yarn for my natural dye experiments (otherwise known as ’50 shades of beige’).
I also found a bag of silver/grey suri alpaca fleece. I think it will be my next fleece to spin.
I am so happy and relieved to be back at my spinning wheel. For a while now, I haven’t had the energy or inclination to do anything crafty at all. I have just been living in a holding pattern, waiting for the next crisis, but I feel I am coming out of that long, dark tunnel into the sunlight.
2 thoughts on “Time to spin”
I recognise that cycle and am glad that you’re coming up out of it. We all go through this. You’re so talented that it seems such a waste for you not to do this, but I recognise that everything takes time, energy and head space. Well done xxx
Thank you so much for this comment. It’s good to know I’m not on my own out here in engiine failure land, we all stall from time to time. It means a lot to me.