Sunday, August 17, 2008

my point of view

As a handspinner, I like to think that I know exactly how much yarn I will need to complete a project.

Photobucket flicking the cria

Some of the fun of being a handspinner comes from the idea that if you run out of yarn for a project you simply walk over to the wheel and spin up a little more.... (providing you have enough left over from the original fiber source).
It is a bit of a heedless or laissez-faire attitude, I know, a bad habit some would say.

Photobucket spinning off the point

So it was that I needed to return to the wheel and spin up just a little bit more to complete the border of the shawl I have been working on.

I "guestimated" that I only needed a few more yards...simple enough...

Photobucket one handed draft

...but the wool was flowing like water through my fingers, I was enjoying the process...and I filled more of the cop than intended...

Photobucket elliptical cop

And now I have "leftovers"..

Photobucket

Sometimes I get lost in the process...and forget about the details....

13 comments:

KnitChick said...

But you have to have leftovers!! That's your souvenir!

But thanks for the reminder...you make me want to get back to the wheel. Speaking of which, looks like your wheels are crowding each other out there!! Oh wait...who am I to talk... *giggle*

DebbieB said...

So soft and lovely.

judy said...

leftovers are so much better than the alternative

Judy said...

It is easy to get lost in fiber like that. That doesn't look like the edging you were thinking about but it is beautiful. Can't wait to see it in person.

Jody said...

Wow that shawl looks beautiful. That's cool spinning right from the lock!

Tameson said...

If that's all you have for left over I'll say you did well...I usually have enough for 1/2 of another project.

Beth S. said...

The nice thing about leftovers is that they are very handy for doing repairs, or for making into blanket squares. In fact I hope one day to have a whole afghan made from odds and ends of leftover handspun! :-)

The Gingerbread House said...

I'd say you figured correctly, that little bit you had left is nothing.. I think that "better too much than too little" Ginny B.

Sharon said...

The shawl is looking fantastic!

knitting dragonfly said...

The shawl is beautiful! You are the first one I tracked down with a "walking wheel" online, I love the look of it!
Vicki

Leigh said...

Mmmmmm. Lovely photo essay. Still, leftovers are better than not-enoughs!

Cathy said...

Nice!!! The cria looks so inviting - no wonder you had leftovers!!

Laughingrat said...

Wow, it's wonderful to see someone spinning on a great wheel. I'm interested in your one-handed draft and how you spun the fiber, too--flicked it, then spun from the side, essentially? That's pretty cool. I might try that sometime. Does the great wheel tug a lot, or have much tension? And is that a Hatton crochet hook at the end? I ask because I have one of their sett gauges. :)

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