I recently had a conversation with a dear friend in regards to spinning: techniques, type of drafting, ply and ability to replicate commercial yarns. As I listened in awe at her ability to grow as a spinner, I realized that on my end, I just want to spin!
When I first learned, I thought my ultimate goal would be to replicate commercial yarn but I never went beyond my thick and thin!
I am currently spinning the colorway "Marju" on Falkand fiber from SweetGeorgia Yarns and following the same process as always:mix colors, oops...had to add fiber quickly, a bump..etc..
I could spin thinner and actually I am trying to be a little bit more attentive as I am currently obsessed with handspun mittens! There is something so magical about them...
Mittens made with FatCatKnits Targhee Combed top "Pepperspark and Hungry Horace"
Maybe it is the fact that they are mismatched...the colors changes...the bumps....the warmth...
I think I also love spinning without a plan because it is a way for me to appreciate the present and be grounded in the moment. For each yard of handspun yarn that I create, I won't be able to replicate it again if I have the same braid....
I did take classes to learn how to replicate commercial yarn and I got lost with the whole wpi, calculations etc.... It took the joy out of spinning for me...oh yes and counting the number of treadles, the twist.... etc...I truly admire those who have the discipline to do so.
Right now, I just want to spin....mix colors and go with the flow :)
Yarn Love Audrey Hepburn "Hidden Treasure"