I imagine that all crafters, nay all people, feel like this. The world is so interesting and I just can’t help but trying and liking new things. So, I’m a knitter and a spinner and I like to make jam. Oh, and sometimes I cook. Plus, I like to tat and I crochet.
There are never enough hours in the day.
When I first bought my spinning wheel I tried to buy all my fiber from local producers (very easy in Western New York. I just had to hit a few fiber festivals and I was done). And, I tried to zero out my stash before the fiber festivals the following year. This actually turned into a really nice cycle for a few years. I would buy roving, etc in the Fall and every summer I would do the Tour de Fleece and kill my stash. That is, until last year when a combination of things happened. First: I went crazy at the fiber festivals and bought out of everyone’s bargain bins. I bought huge bags of Shetland and romney and discounted braids in colors that excited me. Even though my budget didn’t change I ended up with more than usual because I bought things that producers had marked down. The second thing that happened was that I spent my summer away from my spinning wheel for work. First, I was in Texas at a field school beefing up my skill set. Then, I was in the field collecting data for my dissertation. I had some wool and a drop spindle with me but my drop spindle broke in transit. (Even if I had spun the whole time I was away, I’m a much slower drop spinner than a wheel spinner so I would not have made the same amount of progress.)
There’s also a third thing: I added to my stash during this year’s fiber festivals.
I mentioned to a friend, Joy Killjoy, the ’52 Spitfire, that I was woefully behind on my spinning and that it didn’t look like I’d bust my stash this year either. Which makes me think I should just forgo this year’s festivals (which don’t start until September so it might be premature of me to worry about). Then, an amazing thing happened: she busted her own stash. And, after busting her own stash she decided that she didn’t want to buy new roving. But, then she got a hankering of spinning. So, she asked if I could lend her roving. And, she’s just returned the most beautiful lace weight. Before she spun it she asked me what it was going to be. We had a conversation about technique and formed a plan for it. A plan which, by the way, was different than my original plan when I bought the braid and a plan which I think is so much better.
I’m pretty sure that I even know what this wool is going to be now (this was a braid from Llady Llama Fiber Co). I think it is going to be Mercury in Retrograde by Deborah Frank.
I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have a friend who is such an amazing spinner. And, I can’t tell you how grateful I am that I live near so many fiber producers. And, I can’t tell you how grateful I am that life keeps giving me opportunities to try new things.