Mar 28, 2007

Fiber - Spun and Unspun

IMG_0785[1]Last week I mentioned multiple fiber purchases but I only showed you what I got from Crown Mountain because this hadn't arrived yet. This is Sour Grapes from Spunky Eclectic. I'm so proud of myself and my fiber purchases because I'm usually a very blue/green girl and I've gone outside of my comfort zone colorwise with these choices. It's all about branching out and trying new things around here.

IMG_0795So, last night I was hanging out in the living room with hubbo and he starts looking at the pile o' fiber on the floor and looking at the wheel. I thought that a comment about the relative state of disorganization might be on the way but nope, that's not what he was noticing. He was amazed at the difference between how the fiber looks before and after spinning. It really does look quite different.

IMG_0800So here is how my Magic Carpet Ride is going so far. I think it looks ok. It's not perfect but it's certainly an improvement. I still think that it could possibly be socks. We'll see.

I still feel kind of unworthy of this fiber. I feel like my spinning may not do it justice. It's a bit of a catch 22 because spinning regularly is the only way that I'll get better. Regular spinning requires me to buy fiber and I'm certainly not going to buy anything that doesn't appeal to me. If I'm going to buy fiber I'm going to buy stuff that I find beautiful. Right? But that means that I'm going to have to use my treasures to learn with and some of it may not turn out as well as it would if I had more experience. Argh!

I'm having some camera issues lately. I can't seem to get pictures where the color, clarity and composition all work at the same time. I hope that you'll excuse the crappy picture quality.


Carole Knits said...

Don't feel guilty about using good fiber while you're learning. It wouldn't make sense to learn with crap.

knitfriendly said...

I can't believe that is the same fiber either! It really does look different. I may start buying fiber with white spots in it because it really does turn out nicely.

CursingMama said...

That is some darn beautiful yarn; and it certainly isn't what I would've expected from that fiber. So cool.

Margene said...

Good fiber helps with the learning process. When learning we must abandon desire for the process. There is no forward journey without sacrifice. The fiber is all good and can be used, if not for socks, then for the purpose of looking back at what you've learned.

Melissa said...

I think it's gorgeous! :)
The yarn compared to the fiber is crazy. Doesn't even look like the same thing!!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

You'll get over the using good fiber thing. It is actually good to use good fiber when you are learning because it usually goes much more smoothly then. I *still* marvel at how the roving/singles/yarn/knit look so different at each stage!

Teyani said...

your spinning is improving by leaps and bounds.
Try all the fiber you can - every blend, every type.
Just keeping playing with it, and buy colors that bring you joy to spin.
Eventually you'll find your groove, and the spin will always be what you want. It took me about 3 years til this happened, but now I love it all.
Save all your handspun - eventually you will use it all. I promise!

aija said...

The yarn looks so different spun up!

No worries about learning on "good" fiber, you won't want to spin with something you have to slog thru, expert or no. Good luck! :)