Today's Confession: "Confidence is all well and good. Just remember that one needs to gain it beforehand, or else your outright cockiness can lead to an undesired reverse effect."
So I got it in my head that since I'm doing quite well with my spinning, I can start planning a semi-large project of spinning wool to make my husband a vest. I've graduated myself from experimenting and well, more experimenting, to learning the technical basics of spinning.
In other words, I still suck, but at least I know why.
To make a long, ugly story short, I plunged ahead with some fibre I had on hand. I knew I wanted a chunky weight yarn. I also knew that I wanted to make this a three-ply. So, I winged it and I did pretty good.
Here is where my cockiness begins.
I was aiming for a 17st and 24 row gauge with my newly spun yarn. I managed 15 sts and 22 rows.
Not bad, say I. I examined the yarn I made. I wanted it lighter...fluffier.
I'll just spin woolen when I get my batt, I thought.
Oh yeah, there are times when I'm so cocky I can hear God slap his forehead and shake his head in shame.
So, I get my batt. I look at it. I realize I'm not going to be able to spin this like I spin my worsted spun yarn. Yep, I realize that I'm going to have to learn a longdraw. Okie dokie. I've watched videos. How hard can it be? Besides, this is perfect because I want a lighter, fluffier yarn, right? *Insert cocky dance, here*
I abandoned the lace weight superwash merino in a pretty dark turquoise I was spinning...
My Giotto socks were once again forsaken.
The Estonian hand puppet?
Neglected like a piece of old toast.
All of it relegated to the rear of the 'work in progress' line...all in the name of spinning a woolen yarn using a longdraw.
For one solid week I spun. I practiced. I sobbed. I threw fibre [it doesn't go far, but it still felt good].
For one solid week, this is what I have to show for my efforts.
This, an aching back and the confidence of a frisky ram in a herd full of camels.
It doesn't look too shabby in the photo. I must have been making some improvements. Unfortunately, it took a week to not even fill up a bobbin using a method that is supposed to make jolly good speed of your fibre.
Ah well, at least there is one thing I am sure of.
I'm ready for clue 5 of the mystery stole.
Have a good one and Keep On Knitting...
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