Intent

You see before you a brand new spinner. Well, a born again spinner perhaps.

50% Baby Camel 50% Tussah silk

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.

50% silky, smooth, extremely soft Mulberry silk, and 50% extra extra fine 150’s Merino wool (15.5 micron) plus a matching 1oz twist of Tussah Silk

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.

3 Responses to “Intent”

  1. Katie 23rd July 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Don’t ask me…
    I’ll keep you company in the chuck it at the wheel corner!

    To my mind, just spin it, let the fibre turn in to the yarn it wants to be, enjoy it, you will find something beautiful to make with it, that you will enjoy, and then you can buy more beautiful fibre.

  2. SpinningGill 23rd July 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I’m with Katie! 🙂

  3. Beth 23rd July 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Hmm… well if I could see a pot of money for lovely new fibre on my horizon I may not be so dead set on doing the best with this stuff. Alas…

    But, no, these are two gorgeous rovings and I want to match them to just the right project — and find out if I am capable of them spinning just the right yarn from them.

    It’s a challenge and I intend to meet it.

    Besides, if I have the right vision of loveliness before me, I hope that I’ll be inspired to do a better job.

    I have other stuff that I can just chuck at the wheel to see what happens. (and shall)

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