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The Irony Of Spinning


I really do love spinning yarn.  It’s quiet and methodical.  It’s relaxing, but doesn’t leave you with a headache like margaritas would.  I love watching colors twist and blend.  It gives me time to think.  My kids friends think it’s cool.

But it creates more yarn, while allowing for less knitting.

Quite a while ago, I started spinning some fiber called Millefiore by All Spun Up.  It’s probably the most gorgeous fiber I’ve ever seen.

I think I had 24 ounces of it.  I spun half of it into three ply and I don’t love it.  It’s spun too tightly.  My plan is to run it through the wheel to take a bit of ply out of it.  But that’s for another day.

I decided to spin 12 ounces of it as a two ply.  It seemed to take forever.  Unlike the way I knit, with 50 projects going all the time, I’m a monogamous spinner.  Almost.  I did a bunch of stuff in between working on this, but I only ever have two spinning projects going at a time.

After the Olympics, I got groceries, did laundry, and decided to finish up this spinning project.

I ended up with 1060 yards.  I haven’t played with it yet, but I suspect it’s light fingering.  It hasn’t talked to me to tell me what it wants to be, but it’s going to soon!  I hope.

After that, I decided it was time to clean up bobbins.  Any leftovers I have, I navajo ply onto one bobbin.  It’s kinda like a scrap quilt, only it’s yarn.  Here’s what I ended up with.

Can I tell you how much I love this mishmash of color???  It’s 360 yards.  I’ve got a couple more skeins somewhere that I’ve done with leftovers.  I started a scarf, but now I’m rethinking this.  I’m wondering if it should be the start of a blanket.

I’ve got a few more fun spinning projects lined up.  I’m hoping they won’t take as long as the last one.  I’m planning to spin some worsted weight and that will go much more quickly.

And the yarn multiplies…..


Author: mariajhmom

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

6 thoughts on “The Irony Of Spinning

  1. Funny, funny post! Funny…..but so true. By the way, the roving and yarns are just beautiful; I hope they talk soon. Love the idea of the mish-mosh color yarn. I see…..a granny square blanket with black yarn as the final row and connecting stitches; the black would make the colors just POP! Right now…I’ve got 3 wheels going, all with a specific project in mind. Here’s hoping……
    Wishing you a great and fruitful week.

  2. Gorgeous simply gorgeous !

  3. So pretty… well done.

  4. Your handspun is gorgeous—looking at it is making me want to put my sock knitting down and get out my wheel. Have you considered a rigid heddle loom, like a Cricket or Ashford Knitter’s Loom? They aren’t super-expensive, and it is so gratifying to weave fabric with your handspun. I think your daughters would love to play with it, too.

  5. I think a blanket from all the leftovers would be fabulous. Like a quilt, the different colors would remind you of beautiful projects from the past. Kind of a crazy blanket instead of a crazy quilt.

  6. I love, love, love your bobbin yarn! If you had it on Etsy, I would buy it!

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