Wednesday, January 12, 2011

It's all good

I vehemently disagree with this saying (just as I do its twin sister, "anything goes") when generally applied. But it's useful in narrow scope, such as spinning. In other words, use what you love, and remember, there are no spinning police! Case in point:

I've almost filled another bobbin with my marled two-ply, but ran out of spun Shetland. So I whipped out my Jenkins standard Turkish spindle to spin up the last of Braveheart's roving to ply with the remaining Jacob. I love the juxtaposition of new and old technology, both executed in beautiful woods, and both doing their jobs so well. Here's a close-up of the myrtlewood spindle's whorls; so, so pretty:

The first skein of marled yarn came out noticeably bulkier than this second bobbinful, so I don't think I'll be able to use them for the same project. Disappointing; I obviously need to get better at spinning a consistent single.

That's it for now from . . .

10 comments:

Laura said...

Sometimes if the yarn has a chance to relax it will puff up a bit. Also washing it and letting it hang unweighted might minimize the difference. Ok, this is probably sacreligious, but have you thought about overdyeing this - it would be beautiful (I have trouble leaving anything white...)

Michelle said...

Actually, I HAVE thought about overdying this; I think it would be beautiful, too. But the one time I overdyed something like this (with red), I got some barely dyed spots (where I tied the skein, I think), which has discouraged me from trying again. And I'd have to decide on a color....

seashells said...

Repeated exposure to this blog is giving me a case of Turkish spindle lust. Not that I needed much of a push.

Shelly

Michelle said...

Well, I'm not apologizing, Shelly; I LOVE my Turkish spindles both for their beauty and their function!

Theresa said...

And I am feeling terrible guilt over the turkish spindle I have and have not yet used. Hard getting started on this one for someone who has never used a spindle. I personally love the natural colors. The whites that come from natural fiber are so creamy ( or silvery) and have good depth No matter what you do with it, it will be lovely and your spinning looks pretty darn consistent to me!

Kelly Bartels said...

I agree with Theresa, I think all your spinning efforts are wonderful. I only wish I had enough time at home to do more.

Cariann said...

Michelle while I'm not spinning or knitting I keep wanting to pick up my crochet project every time I stop by your blog... Guess I better put my crochet stuff in my bag for ELT next week so I can work on my lace some more..

Michelle said...

Theresa, does your sad, neglected spindle need a new home? ;-) And thanks; the second bobbinful IS pretty consistent -- just not with the first bobbinful! Since I wanted to use both of them for a vest, that's a problem.

Glad to inspire you towards ANY fibery endeavors, Cariann! See you next week....

mudranch.com said...

Just had to jump on and say that I can't stand that saying either, "It's all good." Blech. I also don't like "My bad."

But I love seeing your work with the Jacob... Isn't it pretty? ;) Of course, I'm bias. :D Glad you're enjoying it! Shannon's sheep have lovely fiber!

Sharon said...

Just the same, I'm impressed at what you can put out on a drop spindle. You've really developed those skills.