First in the bag was this purple yarn of unknown content. It was one of the first things I spun and probably one of my most balanced yarns.
Next out of the bag is some pretty Border Leicester/Mohair/Alpaca yarn made from Spinner Hill Batts. This is destined to be another one of my favorite vests. A bit thick and thin and lumpy in some spots, but it's my favorite color, so that makes up for it, right?
Out came some random Romney skeins.....a bit scratchy, but such pretty colors....I am sure I can find something to do with them. I won't mention that they have been sitting here for almost 5 years now.....shhhh.
Then there are the singles that I played with last year with some leftover hand dyed Merino that I had sitting around. Again....I have no clue what I will do with them, so they will go in the rubbermaid container in the big abyss I call "The Barn"...
And finally.....the last skein in the bag is my Peacock Angora, Silk roving. Hmmmm.....it's so soft and so pretty, I don't think it will be happy in "The Barn", do you? I think it's earned it's place on "The Wall", where I can stop and pet it every now and then until I can find something to do with it.
As I packed all of the skeins away, it got me to thinking about how I have progressed as a spinner. As a new spinner, I grabbed anything that resembled roving and whose colors spoke to me....without any rhyme or reason. I spun for the pure love of spinning and like many of you, I ended up with lots and lots of single skeins of yarn kicking around, but no real use for many of them.
These days however, I have tried to become more of a project spinner. Not wanting to swim in yarn that I am not sure if I will ever use, I now try to choose roving carefully....usually with a project in mind and a yarn weight that I try to obtain for that project.
At Spa, I had no intention of purchasing any roving, but I succombed to Chris's incredibly beautiful bunny blend. Now you may ask.....don't you have enough bunny? The answer would be yes of course I do....but oh, this was just too pretty to pass up ... AND... I quickly decided that this could become Anne's Obstacle scarf.....whew!
There are some days that I do still grab up something only because it is pretty, but I am trying to get better about project spinning, so the yarns get used instead of hiding in a container.
What do you do with all of your little bunches of handspun yarn?