What to do with that bag of roving? The one that you think, “what on earth made me purchase this?” The one with the somewhat insipid colourway, the one that doesn’t really spark inspiration. Well, it turned out to be a good purchase after all.
It’s perfectly fine, really. A bit on the felted side from being stuffed in its bag too long. And it is Blue Faced Leicester, that fine and longish wool that spins so easily. And perhaps it is good to address my bias against pink.
I cracked The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs, which is a beautifully laid out study of various kinds of yarns and set about improving my skill set.
First – the cable yarn. Four ply and lots of wow factor if you pay attention. This skein is far from perfect but in spots the cable really bounced itself together as I plied. I learned that it is OK to over ply, and when you think it is twisted enough, let it twist a bit more. One knows it intellectually but it is hard to break the habit of not over spinning the singles. I think some of this might become funky shoe laces for grey ankle boots. Maybe with a bead or two on the end?
And then, it was the spiral crepe – deliberately spinning a thick singles plied with a thinner two ply. I loved this! Ignore the colour differences, the day was very overcast and the red background – oh lots of reasons for wonky pictures, anyhow its the technique I wanted to document.
Finally because intentional spinning is what I aim for – the thick singles yarn, consistent rather than thick and thin. A bigger challenge than one would think. One hears how hard it is to go back to thicker spun yarns after learning to spin thin and while I wouldn’t say it is difficult, it does require focus. No autopilot here.
That bag of unremarkable roving turned out to be a lot of fun. Perhaps a good goal is to work through the Yarn Design book. I don’t do new years resolutions but documenting some ideas here might spur on a project.