Saturday, September 30, 2006

Sit 'n' spin

Lately, it seems like everyone who avidly knits yarn, also spins yarn. Am I crazy for thinking this is, well, a little, crazy? Spinning wheels make me think of pioneer villages and....Ghandi. Not that there is anything wrong with spinning your own yarn, I guess I just don't see it as a logical next step for knitters. Artists don't always have to create their own paint, do they? What's next? Raising your own sheep?

I decided to get in on this action and see what all the fuss was about. How can I judge something I don't understand? So, I signed up for a drop spindle class at Lettuce Knit. (I highly recommend it! ) At first it was incredibly awkward - kind of like rubbing your belly and patting your head. But you know, knitting used to feel that way to me, so I persevered and slowly but surely, I had yarn. I managed to create 2 skeins of colourful, slightly irregular, lumpy yarn:

So have I been converted? Well,No.

I still don't get it. Learning to spin was a great way to get to know different fibres and understand the construction of yarn etc, but it's so time consuming! I know, I know, spinning wheels make the whole process light years faster, right? That's all well and good, but I still think I'd rather have someone else do it for me. (Somebody needs to buy all that handspun everyone else is creating, right?) I'm a slow enough knitter, so if I took up spinning my own yarn as well, ...well I think I'd average finishing a sock about once every two years!

Speaking of socks, I picked up some sock yarn (yet again) while thrift shopping yesterday. Two bucks for 4 skeins! I really have to take up knitting socks! (We'll see how that first sock goes from my last post) I also found some wicked vintage Needlework magazines! Some of the patterns are hilarious, but there's a few that definitely stand the test of time (as long as I don't knit them in the suggested hideous acrylic yarns!) The best thing about the magazines? The ads! I'll be sure to post some in the future.

Happy knitting!

Miss Muffy.


Diane said...

I also took the drop spindle class at LK...and I am keeping up with it. I made a pretty hat with my hand spun...i even upgraded my spindle

I like your blog...thanks for visiting mine

EllenMarie said...

I TOTALLY agree about the spinning thing! When would I have time to knit? And who would buy all the awesome handspun? I guess its just best that some knitters stay soley knitters.:)