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spinning my wheels

December 8, 2020

in many ways I am spinning my way through self isolation

it is like a moving meditation

first it was wool to use for dyeing – Corriedale and Romney

I’m still working on the Romney, more flick carding to do

when I saw that Sanjo Silk, in Vancouver, had Tussah fibre – with neps – on sale

I couldn’t resist – 300 grams

neps are small bits and bumps that would be combed and carded out of the fibre to make it perfect

I’m spinning it on the wheel to get it as fine as possible

it is cloud soft, I just want to sit and cuddle it – better than a teddy bear

a sample skein shows it has texture when spun due to the neps

as I spin I dream of what colour to dye, silk takes natural dyes beautifully

why am I writing this when I could be spinning?


16 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2020 1:04 am

    I’m new to spinning. After 3 months I totally identify with your last sentence. Addictive isn’t it?


    • December 9, 2020 10:51 am

      Jackie – I’ve been spinning for 40+ years and have never become tired of it. Have cupboards full, more than I can ever use in my lifetime and still keep spinning. 🙂

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      • December 9, 2020 10:59 am

        I see the future! I definitely spin more than I knit these days!


      • December 9, 2020 12:05 pm

        Jackie – but you will combined the two and knit what you spin. I can’t knit any more, it really affects the arthritis in my hands. I miss it, especially when I spin a 2 ply yarn I know is perfect for knitting.

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      • December 9, 2020 12:12 pm

        Ah! I inherited a load of yarn etc from a lady who had to stop knitting because of her arthritis. Must be really upsetting to have to do that but glad you can keep spinning to satisfy your creativity. I’m loving the way that spinning gives you such a better understanding of the qualities of different fibres and yarns.


      • December 9, 2020 2:13 pm

        Jackie – and watch how very different sheep breeds can be. You will find your favorites but do try many different ones.

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      • December 9, 2020 5:47 pm

        Definitely. It’s fascinating how they all vary


      • December 10, 2020 11:49 am

        Jackie – it is a journey of discovery.

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  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    December 9, 2020 12:20 am

    I know what you mean about a moving meditation. I really struggle to do the sitting and letting the mind go blank stuff but walking, knitting or simple crochet do it for me. I imagine spinning will too once I stop having to think about it so much! I also understand the comforting sensuality of handling fibres – like stoking a cat without the fidgeting and more productive!


    • December 9, 2020 10:58 am

      Sue – I have meditated traditionally for 20+ years, spinning gives me more of a instant calm. Just love the fibres- any/all of them slipping through my fingers. Need to practice with well prepared carded fibre to get to the point you don’t have to think about the process any more.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        December 10, 2020 2:21 am

        Thanks for the tip. I have promised myself that over Christmas I will spin .


      • December 10, 2020 11:49 am

        Sue – hopefully it will become easier, you won’t have to think about it so much and can relax.

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  3. December 8, 2020 7:23 pm

    What an absolutely delightful way to spend lockdown, so much wiser than weeding, which gets cancelled out all too soon. Do you also caress your fiber while working?


    • December 8, 2020 11:26 pm

      Meg – yes, weeding can become very tedious and our endless rain at this time of year makes it impossible. I love the loose fibers while spinning, never tire of them slipping through my fingers.


  4. December 8, 2020 3:55 pm

    Just look at the sheen on those skeins… Such beautiful fibre!


    • December 8, 2020 11:24 pm

      Kate – once upon a time I only bought New Zealand wool but farmers here have become much better at raising sheep for their fleece and not just meat. These are both local fleece and very nice.

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