This week I have finally found some extra time to do a little spinning on my favorite wheel. Every now and then life gets caught up enough to just spend a little time with the wheel and the needles....it's nice when that happens.
As I was spinning up this roving, I found I really liked the variation in the colors and want to preserve them when I am plying, so I thought I would try my hand at Navaho plying again. I've never been very good at it, but after reading Margene's successes and asking her about it privately, I'm going to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for your helpful tips, Margene!
Frequently I like to put some mellow music on when I am spinning ...not only is it relaxing, but I find that I contemplate alot when listening and spinning when my house is otherwise quiet.
As I was spinning, I was thinking about the different kinds of fiber people I have met along my way. I have been working with fiber in a production type mode for many many years. I was a sample aran sweater knitter for Merino Wool out of NYC when my older children were babies, I was a production machine knitter for the Betsy boutiques in New England for a spell and finally landed where I am today....trying to find a balance of doing what I love for work and still keeping it a hobby that is fun. The day it ceases to be fun will be the day I stop. :-)
On my journey, I have found that there seems to be 2 types of fiber producers ...the givers and the takers. The takers will ask you lots and lots of questions about how you do things, who your suppliers are, why you do something one way as opposed to another...etc, but when you reciprocate in question, your questions are never answered.....they guard their secrets very close to themselves and rarely give for fear of competition. I have never quite understood why people do this, as I believe that each person has their own unique style that eventually shines...but I respect a person's decision to guard if they choose.
Then there are the givers..........the above picture is some roving that I just purchased this week from CMR. (I hope Teyani doesn't mind I snagged the picture....my roving is not here yet). I ventured over to CMR on my friend Ann's recommendations on her website. She raved about how helpful the owners of this company are and the wonderful customer service....she is right, it's great! The roving is nothing I would normally ever be attracted to, but I love the finished Big Yellow Taxi socks here so much that I thought I would give it a try.
Never having spun this type of roving, I wanted to be able to create the same kind of yarn so that my socks would look like these when finished, so I emailed Teyani. She gave me some great tips and sent me to her March 12 blog entry for more tips and information.
As I read it this morning, I thought to myself......ahhhhhhh.....she is a giver. Someone who shares knowledge freely...a teacher. Over the years, I have come to respect the teachers in our community, who are willing to embrace the learners. Those who teach either freely or in the classroom setting the knowledge that they have learned in their fiber experience.
Even though I still see myself very much as a learner, I always want to be willing to help another on this wonderful journey we call fiber artistry :-).