Finished this spin last night….

…or should I say early this morning.  I lost quite a few z’s on this one.  Sigh.  The things you go through to be able to have one less UFO hovering around the house. 

This is the spin that I started at Greenbank Mill’s Spin In a couple weeks ago.  It really should have been done by now.  But we went to a cook out yesterday and although I enjoyed the good food and company, I was still left trying to figure out how I was going to get this done this weekend.  Seems like every time I have that question, I always come up with the same answer.  Sleep deprivation!

It is worth it though. Just look at that color! 🙂

The larger skein is not completely dry yet.  But, it’s close enough for photos.  I actually wanted that one to come out a little more consistent, but I had pleasant distractions for a good part of the spinning.  What can I say?  It was my first spin in on the one hand.  And on the other, just you try to keep from tickling that Girl Child when she gets in one of her tickling moods, lol!

The large skein is a fractal spin and the smaller skein was the leftovers from one of the bobbins that I decided to n-ply.  I’m thinking I’m going to need that extra bobbin sometime soon…The funny thing about when you’re sleepy is you tend to forget things.  I forgot that I never could figure out how to n-ply on the Ashford Joy.  Since I was too sleepy to remember that, it actually worked out this time.  Go figure.

No sooner do I get a project done that I’m itching for another.  So, I also started another little something else today as well…

It’s a tiny weaving project in which I learned the terms warp (the white strands of yarn running vertically down the cardboard) and weft (the so-far orange yarn that has been woven between the warp strands).  ABC-type stuff.  The bundle of handspun is called a weaving butterfly.  I got the directions from a book that I love called Spin Dye Stitch by Jennifer Claydon.  One of the first books I bought on handspinning and the photos of handspun are just scrumptious!

Honestly, I can’t even tell you what’s going on in my head about this weaving thing yet, lol.  But, it’s a small enough project to tackle for movie night with the kids.  And I can’t wait to see the color changes. 🙂

So, we’ll see where this goes…

I think it’s amazing that I get to do these things on a whim.  Just because I feel like I want to make something.  It’s such a privilege that I do enjoy wholeheartedly and as much as possible.  Today, I would like to express thanks to all of those who fight for my freedom to pursue crafting in peace. 

Thanks so much. 


  1. Both are gorgeous!! What a wonderful spinner. The color of the yarn is fabulous!!! Have fun weaving. 😎

    • Well, thanks! I still wish this was a little more consistent. But, there’s always the next spin. Even when it’s not consistent, handspun still tends to knit up wonderfully! And this color? It’s so yummy! (swooning) 🙂

  2. It looks fantastic!!! Well done, I completely love the variety of colors, the blend wonderfully. I went to a shop with a ton of beautiful roving today and the ideas have been coming none stop ever since. Weaving looks like tons of fun!

    • Thank you! Lucky you!! My LYS doesn’t sell roving. But they do at the Mill I believe. I just wonder if it is dyed….then again, maybe I shouldn’t. I really don’t need another place to spend, lol!

      It is fun, though I think id like a small loom….it really never ends, lol!

  3. Your sense of color always just blows me away. I had a toy loom as a child and I’ve always just liked the “idea” of weaving. But I’ve never done any seriously.

    • The weaving or the spinning? With the spinning, the fiber is Retro dyed by Sosae Caetano. I really enjoy her color sense. And the weaving is some leftover handspun from Cyndi’s Suitcase by Greenwood Fiberworks. I loved that when I first saw it. I’m in awe of how these braids spin up. They really know what they’re doing. If I dyed things like that, I wonder if I could have a shop? I wonder that I wouldn’t just want to spin it all up all the time, lol!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful spin! Even worth the sleep deprivation. lol I was working on a few things this weekend, but my current project will have to wait because I’m afraid to make mistakes on this pretty fabric. Gotta check my math again, you know?

    That weaving project you’ve started looks quite interesting as well. I wonder how the colors will pan out also? I know it will be another gorgeous FO.

    Hope you have a great week. 🙂

    • Thanks Libby! I know exactly what you mean! When I have a precious yarn, I recheck once or twice just to be doubly sure. That is definitely worth it!

      I don’t know what I will make of something so small? A coin purse maybe. It’s smaller than the example. I just wanted to try it out. But I appreciate the vote of confidence, to be sure. 🙂

      And you as well. 🙂

  5. grayseasaylor says:

    You are doing beautiful work and what a clever way to weave! The tools we have available today are amazing, but it fascinates me to imagine how these tasks were done by those who first tried.
    Have a happy week experimenting! (:

    • Hi Gracie! This clever way came from Spin Dye Weave and I’m so glad that I can try it without having to buy a loom first. It’s good to DIY sometimes. 🙂

      I hope your week is happy too!

  6. These colours are … wonderful! I loved it from the first time you started spinning it, but now seeing the finished result … WOW. So great! I can’t handle sleep deprivation well, but this looks like it’s totally worth it!

    I’m curious about the weaving project … I’ll say it’s becoming a bookmark, but I’m happy to wait and find out … 😉

    Have a great day!

    • Thank you!

      Mmm…I wonder if it will be a bookmark too. I wanted it to be a change purse, but an hour into it I figured I wouldn’t see the color changes if I didn’t make it longer…

  7. I am in love with that Retro colorway now. And your wee little weaving project fascinates me! Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

    • LOL! I think it’s one of the prettiest colorways I’ve spun up yet! And to think, I got it based on the pattern for the Soda Fountain Scarf! Now, that I need to knit it up…I’m considering that pattern for it just to have one of my own, lol.

  8. It’s very pretty!

  9. Wow – I love those colors!!!!!

    • Me too. Sosae is a wonderful colorist! I still feel like if I was a dyer, most of the fluffies wouldn’t make it out of my shop, lol. I really don’t know how she lets them go. But I’m glad she does! 😉

  10. Beautiful color on both skeins. The weaving project looks so interesting, can’t wait to see what marvelous creation you will end up with.

  11. Beautiful colors, can’t wait to see what you make with that weaving.

    • I’m so surprised that that little bit of stuff is so interesting, lol! I’m cueing up another movie for us to see what it becomes too. I still have a bit to go first before I can end it.

  12. Really pretty yarn. Great job!

  13. I really love the colours in your yarn! so playful and bright!

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  15. OhioYarnFarmer says:

    Oh, those colors! Beautiful.


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