You know Eat, Sleep, Knit has all these badges we can earn for the 2015 Yarnathon. One of the third quarter badges was “Spin Sister” for those who spin or want to try spinning. I didn’t mind that we had to sew in a zipper, knit on a beach (which is non-existent in Texas and required a trip to a river in MO), knit two things from the same pattern, almost run out of yarn, get our skein of yarn into a tangled mess . . some of those things happen often but spinning . . I did not want to do that one! Before I went to MO to visit Chad and Nicole, I searched through Ravelry looking for a spinner in the area . . anywhere within an hour’s drive. My plan was . . I’d talk someone else into doing this for me. Yes, I’d cheat! I’m not above doing that! I failed at my attempt to be deceitful. I would make a terrible politician, wouldn’t I?
If this badge was going to be achieved, I was going to have to do it myself! When I first saw the spinning requirement, I had purchased a drop spindle and then a friend sent me one so I had two. I took roving and two spindles with me to MO. If I couldn’t find someone to do it for me, I’d talk Nicole into doing it with me . . but we never got around to it. I should have stayed longer!
Having something hanging over my head that needs to be done really weighs on me so yesterday I said . . today is the day. I’m going to do it. ESK didn’t say it had to be great . . I just had to try it. The yarn under the spindle is some Noro Kureyon that I was using for my leader (or whatever you call it when spinning).
I watched quite a few videos but decided this one from Paradise Fibers was the one that helped me the most so I watched it again and again and kept it open all day, and have even watched it again this morning to see if, after spinning a while, there’s something I can do differently or better.
Yesterday the rock guys were here working on our driveway. I even stopped my spinning and made cookies for them. It was late into the night when I finally put my spindle down but even then, my head was spinning . . with ideas!
Thoughts that continue to run through my head:
- Why would I need a spinning wheel (knowing that “need” really isn’t pertinent to anything) when I already have more yarn than I will ever knit in this lifetime?
- Why would I need a spinning wheel when I already have way more things to do than hours in my day?
- Where will I put a spinning wheel? Truly my house and sewing room are bulging at the seams.
I keep telling myself that a spinning wheel would make more sense if I had fiber animals and could produce my own fiber but if I’m going to have to buy fiber/roving, why not just buy yarn?
So far, myself is not listening and the only thing I’m hearing is “buy a spinning wheel”! I talked to Vince . . we have this deal that started out as a joke. He keeps buying something that he already has an abundance of and I told him early last year . . you buy more and I’m buying more yarn and I’m spending the same amount you spend . . except yarn is way inexpensive compared to what he’s buying.
This week, he bought more. He said “you don’t care if I buy more, do you?” and I said “No! Just let me know how much you spend so I can buy my yarn.” And, good, old, honest Vince . . he forgot that the receipt comes to my email because I asked him how much he spent, despite already knowing, and he told me less than 1/4 of what he actually spent and I said “Did you forget that the receipt comes to my email?” Oh, darn it! Yes! He forgot. So, last night, I said to Vince “You know, I really don’t need any more yarn but for less than what you spent, that I’m obligated to spend on yarn, I could buy a very nice spinning wheel!” He was watching TV and he said “uh, huh” which I take to mean “go for it” because . . really . . how would you interpret that response?
And then, my fingers did the walking and before long, I had found a very nice and helpful and encouraging lady in Mason, Texas, just a bit over an hour from me, and she gave me the name of a shop just a couple of hours from me and well . . as they say . . the rest is history! Kinda.
I signed up for a series of three classes where I can rent a spinning wheel and use a different wheel in each class to get a feel for them and we’ll see what happens from there.
And by the way, thanks alot Eat, Sleep, Knit! Do you see the rabbit hole this little badge is dragging me into? 🙂