Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

Epic Fail!


Lest you think that all my craft projects turn out perfectly, I’d like to share my latest spinning exprience with you.

I started with a 100% merino roving.  I was having a really hard time controlling this stuff, so I decided to spin “novelty yarn”.  (Yes, that was sarcasm.)

Ok, it’s kind of fun, I’ll have to admit.  But I’ve mentioned before that I hate thick and thin yarn.

The other thing I didn’t mention is that I don’t like the colors at all.  It’s gold and burgundy, which are the Minnesota Gopher colors, and even though I’m from Minnesota, I’ve never liked those colors.  The green thrown in helps.

When I got to the second half of the roving, I decided to be really careful, and spin some nice yarn.  I think I underplied my singles, because I had trouble with them breaking and shredding.  I plied it and got this.

Not bad, huh?  Don’t be too sure.  Every time a ply broke, I just spun it back in.  A couple of times both strands broke and I just knotted them.

I come from a long line of bullheads, and I was determined to finish this.  What I realized part way through was that this is supposed to be fun.  It wasn’t.  I don’t like the color.  The breakage was driving me nuts.  I finally gave up after it broke for the third time.    Here are the remaining singles I pulled off the bobbins.  I’m throwing this glob away.

A few minutes ago, I sat down and read a bit about spinning merino.  This is what I read.

Merino is not for rank beginners.

Following that statement, was 3 pages of helpful tips for spinning merino.  Maybe next time.

Thanks goodness for Nascar

and knitting

and Excedrin Migraine and a Diet Coke!

I’m going to pull out some more roving tonight.  It won’t be merino though. Did I mention that I’m a bullhead?


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

4 thoughts on “Epic Fail!

  1. When I began spinning I had Louet’s Merino and silk blend roving. The next batch was pure Merino and I figured out pretty quickly that I need and WANT the silk mixed it….it truely helps strengthen the roving and makes spinning a dream!

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

  2. Ugh…I know your pain!! Been there recently too! Keep up at it and let it know your the boss 😉

  3. Well, just when I thought my day was going to be boring, I see that you are holding up the values of bull headedness and doing your part to pass insanity down to the next generation. The world is a good and happy place. Carry on.

  4. Oooooo, I love the color of the handspun – just beautiful….I always thought I would love to learn to spin – but not so much – so I’l just drool over yours!

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