Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I have been shy...

I have been shy lately. I have been learning to spin, and in my usual way, refused to post anything about it. Why? Because, you guessed it, I am a perfectionist. I hate showing something that is not perfect. Mr. SockPixie thinks I am being silly, and he has been encouraging me to post about my progress...

I have been enjoying spinning beyond words. I love how relaxing it is, and how satisfying it is to see the bobbin fill up, and of course, to knit the handspun yarn.
Spinnning has become my treat. To congratulate myself for completing my work,I allow myself to spin.

To go back to the issue of perfectionism dicussed earlier, I have decided to listen to Mr. SockPixie, and post a picture of my imperfect handspun single.Here is what I just spun on my Louet Victoria, a 100% BFL roving, in the O'Keefe colorway Petunia.




I just dyed a Tencel roving that will be spun today, and plied with the petunia single tomorrow. I had a long debate with myself, about which color I would ply with it. I settled on a periwinkle blue semi-solid. I thought the periwinkle would bring out the purple, and once plied, the effect would be subtle yet enticing. I really like plying a variegated and a solid together. It seems to add subtlety to the variegated.

Maybe tomorrow, I will be able to show you the periwinkle solid. And I will force myself, no matter how imperfect it is!

9 comments:

Wool Winder said...

It looks perfect to me! I hope you will show us the plied yarn, too.

Saralyn said...

I'm just beginning to learn to spin as well. You're singles look lovely. Honestly, I like handspun that doesn't look too perfect--it has character. Thanks for sharing.

Wanna said...

I LOVE your spinning! I learned to spin a little over a year ago. I too treat myself to spinning when I've accomplished something that I HAD to do. Remember that the best thing about hand spun yarn is the little imperfections... it's not supposed to be perfect. Can't wait to see the finished product!

I'm busy knitting said...

I think your handspun looks lovely!
Are you by any chance going to sell
homespun at some future date?

Anonymous said...

So glad you listened to Mr. Pixie :) Gorgeous spin! Terry

Kathleen said...

Well, I'm glad you listened to Mr. Sock Pixie. Your yarn is only imperfect by your own standards. I think it's perfect. It's an expression of you and your passions. Look at a strand of Red Heart yarn. One of the cheapest and most common yarns, and each skein is like every other skein. Your handspun, however, says I WAS HANDSPUN BY SOCK PIXIE AND THERE'S NO OTHER LIKE ME. And THAT is what makes your handspun yarn completely and absolutely perfect.

Keep spinning. Your yarn is beautiful.

Akhila's Handblog said...

Well done! I'm also trying to teach myself spinning - got the simplest little spindle. Am also enjoying it - but yours looks great. I haven't knitted anything what I spun yet.
Keep up your good work.

candi said...

I think your handspun is beautiful. I can't wait to see it plied with the semi-solid. The effect should be wonderful.

Nessa said...

I'm not a spinner, so it looks great to me! I love things that aren't too perfect.