Don’t you just love it when inspiration strikes, regardless of what time it is?
This year, at Wonderwool, I found some amazing fibres.
My first problem is having the time to spin / felt them all. Every spare minute I aim to sit down at the wheel, trying to decide which to play with first.
My second problem is my issue with commitment. I can never decide on which ones to buy so end up buying lots of small amounts rather than enough of any one to make anything of any substance.
I fell for some lovely mini batts, one of which had shades of brown, green, reds and gold. The result is 30g of as-close-to-laceweight-as-my-limited-skill-will-allow. That is going to be one small scarf!
At least I was a little more sensible with the stunning merino that is on my wheel at the moment. There is 100g of that!
But the vast array of colours and textures on offer soon lured me away from any rational thought. 30g of lovely Teeswater locks hand dyes in blues and greens, 10g of ocean coloured silk, 50g of rainbow superwash Blue Faced Leicester…
Last night, around 11pm I had a colour brainwave. you know, one that simply can’t wait until morning? Well, anyway, before long our kitchen floor was covered in my entire fibre stash.
The Teeswater and ocean coloured silk was joined by more silk in sky blue and soft green, along with a healthy handful of some variegated green Blue Faced.
As the Teeswater needed lots of carding, I thought I would leave that until the end and blend the other fibres first, adding that when I had prepared the others. I still haven’t quite mastered carding yet and while the silk and Blue F aced blended easily and beautifully, the Teeswater proved a problem. It had been dyed still “in the grease” and took nearly 2 hours of muscle aches and scratches before I had anything remotely resembling anything I am capable of spinning! It may not be perfect, but I tried, and have the blisters to prove it!
Actually, I’m quite impressed with the result. Now it is blended with the silk mixture I have a big tufty cloud of aquamarine squishy fluff all ready to go.
But the commitment monster is raising its ugly head again. I have the rainbow Blue Faced on one wheel and the stunning merino on the other and really need to finish spinning at least one before starting on my new venture. Oh, the temptation to remove a bobbin and start the new one! It is just sitting there, looking at me and my fingers are itching to play. It is so soft… No, I will finish the merino! But I still have 50grams left to go… and so the argument in my head goes on.
See, when I get started I am obsessive, not wanting to break for even the most basic bodily functions; sleeping (what a waste of time), washing (blame the dog for any bad smells) or eating (I am getting enough fibre in my diet from the flyaway bits floating in my coffee).
Maybe that is why my concentration wanes and I become so impatient to finish?!
Sigh. I will finish the merino first, and then start on the aquamarine and finish the rainbow Blue Faced along the way.
Mind you, I have some lovely, inky blue shades of merino in my stash. I was going to blend it with some paler blue and bottle green.
Maybe the rainbow can wait – the bobbin comes of easily enough. Now, where did I put those carders?