Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Holy crap, I got GOOD!

So it's come to my attention that I have a switch loose in my head and it causes me to want to have forty billion projects on the go at once... but not all the same... nooooo.... I need to have a couple knitting projects going, and some beading things, and apparently I feel the need to make buttons (very fabulous thing coming up that I can't tell you about yet, because of the 'IdeaStealers'), and apparently buying yarn isn't good enough for me (altho, some yarn?  very very good!), so I've decided to spin my own.  Just so you know, the valid next step is to put a couple sheep in the backyard, but lucky for us, we're not quite there yet.

Anyhow, I bought this roving (for you non knitters, roving is the sheep's hair, cleaned up and in my case, dyed) before I even had a thought about being able to spin... I was going to knit with it (yes, you can!)... and then I found this OTHER roving that I can only describe as the fiber equivalent to the cream cheese icing I make for my home made carrot cake!

It was silk and wool in the most beautiful butter yellow color... So, being me and being that I know that unless you know what to do with something, you can't have the something, I immediately bought it and a spindle and some 'test roving' and set about learning how to spin yarn.  Well let me tell you something... garbage in, garbage out.  I used that 'test' roving and it was the crappiest, curliest, ugliest thing in the world.  I don't know what posessed me to get undyed, but it was cream and brown and not in a good way.  So I spun and spun and cursed and cursed and then gave up.  Knitting came so easily to me, and I could not figure out why spinning wasn't the same.

Then one day I stumbled upon my very first roving... the stuff I was going to knit with and thought maybe trying to spin with a quality product would be a good idea... since I learned to knit on Malabrigo and Noro... LOL! (very expensive luxury yarn)
And it seemed to work better, but I still sucked and I couldn't get that 'click' that comes when you finally get the hang of something... until tonight!

Tonight I got GOOD!  I took a tiny piece of advice I'd asked for and used it and my common sense and it worked!  I spun a GORGEOUS length of really even, really pretty, really fine yarn!  And the color is unparalleled...

Now that I'm on the road to glory with my spinning, I've decided that I need to take a jewelery making class in order to get 'good' at beading and wire wraps... Apparently if you want to solder the sterling silver jewelery pieces, you need to use a blow torch... that was all I needed to hear!

So tomorrow, I"m going to my knitting group and I'm going to get someone to help me with joining the pieces of roving and then I'm going to spin and spin until I can't spin anymore!  yipee! I like getting good at stuff!  It's awesome!


yarnpiggy said...

Ooooh, that is some gorgeous yarn you've got there -- love that colour!