Friday, July 30, 2010
Fiber Journey and Where the Road is Taking Me
When I started knitting, I thought I'd never spin, crochet, dye fiber, or weave. I would have been shocked to find that I now do all but weave and even that might be something on my fiber horizon.
This last year, with so many changes happening in my life, and with my daughter nearly ready to fly the coop and go off to college, I've been trying to prepare for her departure by pouring my heart and my FINGERS into kicking out crocheted Granny Squares for her college afghan. I now have completed about 65 squares and I think Elysbeth has done about 30 - so that should be enough for me to start rapidly crocheting those squares together to get it done in time to send off with her in just a few short weeks.
In the meantime, I must also confess that my fiber road has led me to get one more wheel. Yes, I bought a Merlin Tree Roadbug. It's a little travel wheel perfect for carting around when I don't want to lug my otherwise PERFECT Mach II wheel by Spinolution. It is really small, works wonderfully, and weighs only 9 lbs.
In short, my fiber journey has led me further and further along the spinning road. Making my own yarn has been a total fascination and one in which I intend to indulge even more as my desire to buy storebought/commercial yarn has ebbed to the point where I hardly ever go into a yarn shop anymore. Instead, I am enjoying producing my own yarn and now knitting with it. Here is my lastest yarn I've made from this fiber, purchased a few months ago at the Sunflower Guild fiber fair.
So now I'm knitting with this yarn I just finishing spinning (see above). It's a 2-ply worsted weight yarn that turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself.
I am finding that knitting with yarn that I produced myself is so much more satisfying than any yarn I can buy in a store. Happy sigh.