Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Problem

I love spinning yarn! It is my favorite past-time right now. It isn't as mobile as knitting socks, but it is something that, when I just need a break, I can drag out my little HitchHiker Spinning wheel, and pump away, turning out yards and yards of beautiful yarn while watching my evening television shows. With each bobbin I've gotten better at spinning a thin single ply. With each skein, I'm able to produce a more consistent thickness of yarn.

Victorian Garden

I'm currently spinning with lovely "grab-bag-wool" I dyed. It is beautiful shades of reds from pinks to russets and reminds me of Victorian roses. I don't know if I'll end up making it into art yarn by plying green seed beads onto it, or keep it as yarn. It would make a beautiful shawl with sparkling seed beads, maybe I could find some cute little olive green leaf beads! If you think you want the above Victorian Garden yarn, convo me via Etsy and it can be yours. I'd finish it to your liking, with or without beads!

Mother's Pink Mohair Shawl

My mother is here from Alaska and decided to try out her new KnitPicks Christmas present (Options Interchaneable Nickel Plated Circular Knitting Needle Set) by knitting. I let her go "shopping" in my stash closet and she chose a soft pink mohair blend that I plied soft pastel seed beads into it. She is knitting a simple triangle that we hope will be large enough to become a shawl. The yarn was spun out of mohair I received in a swap package that was carded with some wool (again from a grab bag of wool).
The flash washed out the color, but does show the seed beads.

So, what's "The Problem?" you ask. I'm enjoying spinning more than knitting right now. Spinning more and more yarn, without using it is causing my poor stash closet to burst at the seems. I've been pulling yarns out and have been listing them in my Etsy Shop so that someone else may enjoy knitting them as much as I've enjoyed spinning them.

I HATE pricing the items I sell. Set the price too low and people don't buy as they think "you get what you pay for" and see the items as junk, not worth the price of the listing. Too high and they don't go. I just want them to go to good homes, am looking to clean out my stash-closet, and want to recoup some of the costs of the products used!

So, if you're in the market for some home spun yarn, aren't too concerned about consistent weight, check out my shop. They aren't perfect, but they are all great for knitting projects that don't need a consistent gauge. Most will felt lovely (if all the felting I've found in the Victorian Garden wool I'm spinning into yarn tells me anything), those that I know contain super-wash state so.
Knit-on......or is that now Spin-on?