You see before you a brand new spinner. Well, a born again spinner perhaps.
See these rovings? They are of such extreme gorgeousness that I have never before gained the confidence to spin them. I cannot simply throw them at the wheel in my normal manner. These rovings need to be crafted into something wonderful. They need to be spun with intent.
This is where you come in.
As far as I am concerned, spinning intent starts with the knitting idea. I don’t want to look at a roving and simply say “hey, that would make a fine slub yarn!” – I want a reason for making the slub yarn in the first place. I need to know that the final skein has a destination, a path to travel, an ultimate place in the world.
So – discuss, please. What will these rovings ultimately make, and what kind of yarn would work best? I have 2 times 2 ounces of each, plus the extra ounce of Tussah.
Let us steer clear of crochet at this stage of the game, please. I don’t need that kind of complicating factor throwing in to my planning.
This is long term planning. Once the pattern choice has been made, and the yarn type is identified… I shall need to get some hands-on practice. Unless we are talking laceweight 2ply worsted, that is – I have that off pretty much pat now. It’s many years from perfection, I am sure of that, but I am also sure that I have full confidence in producing a workable yarn of that type.
It is the rest that bothers me.
Before I go, here is a question for knowledgeable persons:
If “Continental” knitting works best with left-spun/right-plyed yarn, and normal knitting with right-spun/left-plyed, and I am knitting Fair Isle using one style in left hand and the other in my right…
…just how much difference will show in my knitting if I ignore that? How much better will it be if I spin the two colours in the different directions?
And just how far should a knitting spinner/spinning knitter go in the pursuit of textile perfection anyway?
Yours truly, the naturally slapdash one in the corner.