A quick update…A little project I worked on yesterday and tonight. A mini-skein using some fiber by the ounces from Sosae Caetano’s shop.
This is Bluefaced Leicester and it’s a new fiber for me. With this one, I took a cue from the saying, “Different strokes for different folks.” I recall reading in Abby Franquemont’s book Respect the Spindle, that if you want something different, try a new fiber or maybe a new weight of spindle. In other words, mix something up a bit. Fortunately, I was in the mood for something a little different from my usual! At the same time, I was actually afraid to spin it because I’ve only ever spun merino and corriedale-even on my spindles. I wasn’t sure what would happen with this fiber. So far, my usual spin seems to be a variation of mostly worsted drafts with short bursts of woolen drafts. For this one, I tried to get mostly woolen drafts with short joins of worsted draft, I think.
And look at that! I got some really puffy spots. Way more puffy than what I normally get in my spinning. I still think I spun this a little denser than what a perfect woolen would be. But for beginner woolen, I am SO satisfied!
This little skein is soaking now, so I’ll see if it gets any more bulky after it comes out. Very different from what I normally do and it’s good to know that I can do that just by changing a fiber.
Comfort zones are really just that…comfortable. But every once in a while, when you break out of one, it’s really exciting! 🙂