Once In A While

Did you ever feel like doing something just a little different from your norm?

I know I do sometimes.

I have been mad busy lately. I have been zipping all over the place and staying up much later than I know I should on work nights. My most recent birthday milestone put me on the later half of my thirties and while the face can lie sometimes, the body knows and it's not letting me forget. It really is too bad I'm so hard-headed. This is going to be one knockdown drag-out fight, lol. Not only that, but the mill is bustling with things to do and I have been doing them all! Well, almost. 🙂 The next event I intend to attend, Tavern Night, isn't until November, so I can catch my breath between now and then.

In the meantime, my various projects have been piling up on me. For the past few days, I have been trying to cut down on the amount of miscellaneous fluff hanging out in my craft room. This week, I came away with a few skeins for show and tell.

I finished spinning the Kool-Aid spin and I really like it! It's so sunny! But, it does remind me of a previous spin…I loved that spin too. Thankfully, this was done on a spinning wheel though, so it is slightly unique.

You know, I think I'm a summer girl. I really love this yarn…mostly for the color. The weather in Delaware has been so yuck and I think this was me sticking my tongue out at it. But, this week, I admit to a little moodiness. Was it all in the weather? I don't know. But I think it showed up in my spinning.

I wanted to spin something unusual. Or at least unusual for me. I remembered a while back, I ordered a textured batt from Sosae Caetano.

This is called Root Veggies. It's a hodgepodge of BFL, baby camel, bamboo and sparkle. Having never spun a textured batt before, I felt it would be perfect for “something different.” I was right.

It's near impossible to get all of those various fibers to draft similarly! Some of them are “grabby” while others are trying to slip past your fingers altogether. But, it's really enjoyable, especially when you need to throw a huge monkey wrench in the whole plan. 🙂

I usually try to spin the last little bit of fluff differently than the main spin just to see what could have been and this was no different. At the end of this spin, I decided to chain-ply the rest.

I really like this little guy.

But, I wasn't done. I wanted something even more different. So, with the last little bit of the Kool-Aid spin, I made a thick and thin yarn that I felt could pass for “even more unusual for me.”

I don't know, but I kinda like it. I think I should try this moody thing a little more often.
Sometimes, a little change is good. 🙂



  1. Love, love, love! Your handspun is so beautiful and so inspiring 🙂

    • Thanks, Tina! I can’t tell which is prettier now though. The skein or the batt! But the skein has much less chance of having bits of it getting strewn all across the carpet. 🙂

      Sent from my iPad

  2. Gorgeous handspun, glad you were able to try out so many different techniques they look amazing and sound like they were effective in branching out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow, all of these skeins are gorgeous! I especially like the first yellowy one, it’s just like the sun on a bright day.

  4. It’s all lovely yarn, but I especially like the chain-plied spun from the textured batt. I hope I can eventually become as skilled at spinning as you are. 😀

    • Who are you kidding? 🙂 You’re already there! And in such a short time. And I am loving your spindle collection already! I am looking for another for mine too…lol. Obsessions.

  5. Marlene Toerien says:

    Hi girl, wait till you hit 55, if I work to late in the night I need days to recover, love your colours,
    Marlene T.

    • I will be so blessed to get to that point. 🙂

      Your comment reminds me of the time when I was a kid and I had my friends working on a card for my mom’s birthday. I didn’t know how old she was so we guessed 55. Well, she was 35. Boy, was she mad! Lol! Women and their ages. She is 56 now and she still looks the same as she did then. So, we didn’t do so bad on that card after all, right?

  6. What beautiful handspun! The colours are lovely and remind me of a warm summers day.

  7. All your yarns are lovely. The textured batt sounds and looks very interesting. Something for me to try on down the road.

  8. grayseasaylor says:

    Interesting results from all your spinning, Stacey, and each beautiful in its own way. How do you figure out how much yarn you have spun so that you can plan for particular projects you want to make? [Rest so that you can recharge to do more(:] xx from Gracie

    • I actually don’t measure most because I normally don’t know what I want to use them for anyway…I know, very bad, lol! But, if I wanted to get at the yardage, I would use my niddy noddy.

  9. I love the color scheme you have combined. Beautiful work. I have gotten to the point that I like lots of color year round, and refuse to believe that you must wear certain colors at certain times of the year. Have a blessed day.

  10. Both yarns looks great!

    • Thank you! I like both sets…but I’m partial to the look of the green chain-ply, the drape of the green 2-ply, the color of the kool-aid skeins, the chunkier texture of the one and the useability of the other. I like them all a lot, lol.

  11. I’m always so jealous of how much you spin. I need to break out the spindle more often.

  12. All the yarns are lovely, but I really like the first Kool Aid spin. The colors are so cheerful.

  13. Craftie Allie says:

    Ooooh pretty. Really love the thick and thin skein.

  14. These are such sunny colors. I don’t blame you for wanting something “warm” in color when it is dreary and cold.

  15. My husband refers to pictures like these as “knitter’s porn” because he’s found me drooling over them so many times.
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous yarn!


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