Can You See The Difference Between These Two Bobbins?

Can you see what I learned tonight? Can ya? Can ya? Can ya?

How about I bring the one in back into focus?

Okay.  How about now?


Here’s that other one again…

And, no, it’s not that I learned that my spinning wheel is a single drive wheel.  This one still works anyway (sticks out tongue).  Guess again.

Here’s a hint…It’s a lot like the difference between color field and impressionistic painting.

Give up?

Well, I’ll tell you.  I got these pastel samples from Paradise Fibers.  I didn’t really have a plan for them except that I just wanted some more fluff to practice with.  I kinda just went color by color, no particular order.  Splitting a piece here and spinning it.  Then splitting another color and spinning that.  Trying to stay consistent.  Sighing when I wasn’t consistent.  I spun one bobbin and then spun another.  Then I spun again on the first when I realized that it was smaller than the second one.  At the end of the day, when I found I had four lengths left to spin, I decided to mix things up a little.  And, in the process, I think I stumbled onto learning how to mix colors while drafting on my wheel tonight!

Partly because it was already past my bedtime and partly because I was just curious to see what would happen, I put two colors together and tried drafting across them, back and forth.  Well, it was a rocky road at first.  A really rocky road.  But, after I did it for a few feet, I kinda settled into what I was trying to do.  I started with some green and blue.  I went from green to blue-to blue-green and then sea-green and then back to green again-then blue.  It was crazy fun! Once I ran out of green, I tried it with the blue and the orange.  Can I tell you I nearly lost my mind when I saw the colors start swirling together on the bobbin?! What can I say folks?  Color just makes me happy. 🙂

I think I’m going to need some more samples.


  1. Ohfortheloveof… Everything you spin is heavenly-pretty! I love those bobbins! I’m so into subdued hues and these are dreamy… And have I told you how much I love your photographs? 😀

    • Thanks! I think it has more to do with the colors than my spinning just yet, lol.. but I’ll take it! 🙂 I sure wish you coulda told my intro to photo teacher that. I think she gifted me a B in school. I’m more of an amateur photographer. I try really hard though!

  2. Ohhh, lovely! Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog, WK. What joy I had tapping on your name to be zapped through cybrspace to meet you here on your blog! Now I have another new friend to appreciate and to inspire and inform my own creative pursuits. I am grateful!

    • Hi Gracie! Actually, I read blogs for the same reasons. Only knitter in my family so I figured I had to meet other craftspeople somehow! 🙂 I found your blog through Sosae Caetano’s blog and after reading a few posts, I thought your writing sounded very friendly. Plus, you craft. That’s all I need, lol. Great blog!

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