New Year’s Dash In The Pan

Alright. So. First off I would like to know who the wise guy is that made me think I had started last year’s New Year dash the day after Christmas? And who kept me from doing some simple math? I was happily prospecting on the amount of spinning I would get done, and possibly even complete spinning all the fiber you see below (carefully selected from the dozens of applicants) when someone casually mentioned the fact that the New Year was a mere six days away.

Crash. Bang. Shriek of car brakes. WHAT?!?!?!??!?

Last year I took ten days. Started on December the twenty-second. There I was, December twenty-sixth, thinking I would get even more fiber spun then last year. Ha ha ha. Ha ha.

So . . . my New Year’s Dash is becoming a bit more of a New Year’s stroll. What with an unfinished and late Christmas present, and not having spun for a long time (various muscles and joints don’t like to be thrown into the deep end, so to speak) I’m idling my way along. But I am spinning. Yes, I am. It’s some superwash merino with bamboo in it, and I think some nylon.
Gorgeous, soft stuff. I dyed it quite awhile ago and stowed it away, lost and forgotten. I absolutely love the way it’s spinning up. (Into a sock yarn, of course.) It shall be called “Willow” and may possibly make its debute in my Etsy store. If it stays here I shall find myself dropping all sorts of works in progress and plunging into a new pair of socks. I do not need more sock yarn. I am firm. I am resolved. And maybe I can make some more later.

4 Responses to New Year’s Dash In The Pan
  1. Aunt Debbie
    December 28, 2009 | 10:56 pm

    That is wonderful! You are good at coming up with names! Mine would be something like “soft green”. Willow has more mystery to it!

  2. Rebekah
    December 29, 2009 | 8:55 am

    Thank you. It almost became mistletoe, but it was too golden for that, then the second runner up was dragonfly, but that didn’t quite do it. I can’t remember if Ruth or I came up with Willow.

  3. Lina
    December 30, 2009 | 12:19 am

    Hey, at least you dream big! I can’t fit my fiber in my lugage at this time, but I totally want that spindle and alpaca to jump the pond! Do you have any tips for joining alpaca when the thread breaks? I find that it is very, very slippery!

  4. Rebekah
    December 30, 2009 | 9:29 am

    Overlap the fiber a really good, long distance. With your average wool you want to overlap at least an inch to two inches, but if you have trouble with slippery fibers (like silk or alpaca) fluff the broken thread up for a good six inches (or six inches on each side, depending how much thread you have that broke off) and overlap. You may need to treat the overlapped fiber like a mini roving and draft it out again to keep it from being twice as thick as the rest. Spin it gently for a bit until there’s enough twist to keep it from breaking, and go at it!

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