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Whatever happens to strike my fancy, but surely some sort of fiber content.

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Oh my goodness!! Your swatch is beautiful. I watched some "spinning" friends for the first time last week & was enthralled with process. What a wonderful craft. I am in awe.

By Anonymous Isobel, at 7:08 AM  

Kudos on the lace, Bess, both the spinnin' and the knittin'! :-)

By Blogger Mary, at 1:07 PM  

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006  

By gum, this time it is laceweight. Only 10 yards, but that was enough to see if my original reaction to this fiber was correct - (it was) - that it would make pretty lace. The last time I tried to spin a lot of lace weight was about 2 years ago and while I was pleased with it as I spun it, once wet set I thought it was too lumpy. That fiber was 100% merino, though, and this fiber has some mohair in it. Those long strands of mohair make a much smoother fine yarn.

So now I’m smugly pleased with myself because not only was I able to spin fine, but I was able to spin correctly, drafting the fibers out of the drafting zone, not pulling the drafting zone away from the fibers. A little spinning minutiae, that, but from what I’ve observed and what I’ve read, it’s probably an important detail. I am a great one for developing my own technique - after all, I’ve had to be my own teacher with both knitting and spinning. But I try to learn more than one way to approach a task so that the muscle memory in my hands doesn’t limit my ability to explore other new techniques.

When I learned to type, I found hitting the "c" key with the middle finger of my left hand simply impossible. I learned to hit it with my index finger and for many years that was just fine. But when keyboard activity took over a greater part of my life and I became concerned about repetitive stress injuries I sought out some of the ergonomic keyboards. The split keyboard was the most comfortable thing I’d ever tried, except that ... you guessed it. I couldn’t hit the "c" key with my index finger and I couldn’t seem to learn to hit it with the correct one.

Object lesson? Try to build flexibility into my manual skills.

So - guess who hasn’t done the bill paying bank statement checking paperwork yet. Un. Yeah. Guess I ought to go DoMyDooty.

posted by Bess | 7:09 AM
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