Sunday, March 20, 2011

Joseph's Skein - Completed




Phew, what a week... it's the end of the quarter, and I'm ready for a break! So I can spin, of course.

So here is the finished product of Joseph's Skein. I AM IN LOVE with this yarn. This is my masterpiece thus far, and by far. I showed it to one of my crafting friends earlier today (the first crafter to see it) and I got the impression she genuinely wanted to take this yarn home with her... "Oh the socks I could make!" That was the actual quote ... followed by "what are you going to do with it?" And, "well if you need someone to take it off your hands..."

I gotcha Angela:)

So a few spinning things from this week; the spin-along is spinning, I think...things have quieted down while we all get to work (I'm assuming that's what's going on). Plus, there has been some discussion on things like temporary cops, and spinning directions, and single vs. plied, and what it means to be called a waylaka. Sheesh! What I call charming gets women called worse-than-lazy in another culture:)

I read this blog by Abby Franquemont http://abbysyarns.com/2007/01/waylaka, and now I keep having to remind myself that I'm not living in a culture where my self-worth is determined by the highest of high-quality standards for my handmade goods. I am in this for the fun of it. That doesn't mean I can't strive for excellence; it just means that I don't have to worry about being called names for my always-a-work-in-progress spinning/crafting techniques. After all, when people see me spinning my own yarns they tend to call me a "hardcore" crafter because I'm doing much more of the work than is typical in this part of the world.

Anyway, I'm enjoying the discussions and the pictures and videos... This one got me thinking quite a bit about my spinning techniques: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBzq-5DuAV8&feature=player_embedded. So much so that I've started craving a different kind of spindle...

Now it's off to figure out how to make my own; because you know I can't have just one...

4 comments:

  1. That yarn is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! Well done!

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  2. Thanks Sara! I love this yarn so much I have to procrastinate doing anything with it ... I just want to pet it and love it for a while longer:)

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  3. Very nice! How much is there?

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  4. Good question, Theresa! I was trying to estimate tonight; I know there's at least 100-yards... I'll measure it more properly after I warp some of it for a project I'm doing with the spin along on Ravelry's backstrap weaving group. :)

    BTW, Illy and I will not be there this Wednesday for the craft play date; but I am planning to go to Grandma's! Woo hoo! Hope you can make it, too:)

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