in which we have a debatably finished object

I pulled out my wheel this week and put it through its paces as my reward for completing edits on issue 9 of Knit Edge, which is safely in the hands of our layout person this week, praise be. It was soothing to settle in and just let my hands do what they know. A lot of my friends who are fellow handspinners like to listen to audiobooks or podcasts while they work, but frequently, I’m performing a mindfulness practice as I spin- just being in that moment with the fiber, my fingers, my feet, and my breath.

The resulting skein- 5 ounces of ridiculously inconsistent fingering weight superwash merino, the result of my wheel having been first forgotten, then pushed into the far corner of our guest room while we hosted Kiddo this summer- still makes me ridiculously happy. I’ve no plan as to what I’ll do with it- I never have any plan for my handspun, it always seems like a finished object to me the moment I’m done spinning it, I’ve no idea why that is. I do feel I have my “smart hands” back, though- training wheels are off again!- and I’m willing to pick up that rainbow top I’d dyed this summer now. Hooray!

I’m looking forward to taking that up sometime this weekend, if we stop moving long enough. I sort of doubt it’ll happen, but I’m hoping to dedicate a little bit of Monday to getting started. We have shenanigans with friends going on all day/ into Saturday evening, and an epic birthday party to attend Sunday, but we’ve kept Monday for ourselves and with any luck, I’ll be able to knock out at least one bobbin. What are everybody else’s Labor Day/ just plain weekend (for my non- US folks) plans?


  One thought on “in which we have a debatably finished object

  1. September 2, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Good work! I am just going to have business as usual since Paul is working, but I got some lovely fiber that I might try to spindle spin. It’s a gradient in 50% Yak, 50% Silk from Greenwood Fiberworks. I’ll send you a link on FB.

    • September 6, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Got the link, and favorited about a third of their shop. That’s some nice stuff- and what a combination! Yak and silk is just heavenly! What are your plans for it?

  2. September 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I love inconsistent handspun. It’s the comment I get every year at the County Fair. “Your spinning is not consistent”. To me that is the point of handspun. I don’t want it to look like commercial yarn. I have plans to spin and knit. I keep signing up for test knits. LOL!

    • September 6, 2016 at 10:25 am

      You’re right- it’s the character of handspun that I always look for when I’m actually knitting with the stuff, but whenever I’m spinning, I’m always aiming for perfection. What’s that all about? And then, of course, there’s always art yarn, which is so so so controlled when you spin, but *looks* utterly mad (and that’s the entire point)— no one could ever call that consistent. I should re- evaluate my priorities.

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