First of all, thanks to all the comments and compliments on my first handspun skeinlettes! I would say you have no idea how excited I am, but then if you're a spinner, you've been there, and you know how exciting it is! So now, I'm learning all about the vicious cycle of spinning. The more you practice, the more you get the hang of it, the more you get the hang of it, the more you love it, the more you love it, the more you want to do it. Which leads to- the more you spin, the less you knit. At least for me, that's the case right now. I've been spending my time on this- Spunky Eclectic BFL from Amy's Almost Solid Series in Azalea - is this colorway pretty, or what?
Hence, sad little WIPs left off to the side. Poor shawl, stripey knee highs, and other on-again-off-again holiday knits...They have been quite neglected these days, thanks to my new hobby-slash-addiction of spinning. (Mary-Heather - how did this happen to us? We're such nice girls!) I gather most, if not all newbie spinners go through this to some degree. I mean, spinning is so much fun, especially as you start to feel like you know what you're (supposed to be) doing!
It was kind of like magic. I decided to try spinning finer, and lo and behold - I found it much easier to manage all the way around. And before you call me out, don't get me wrong, I'm not delusional- I realize my spinning is still uneven. I'm far from achieving evenly spun anything with consistency - there are fat, nubby areas and also some dangerously thin areas - but this is a step in the right direction, no?
I'm pretty pleased. :) So now, I have a couple of questions for the experienced spinners in the audience, if I may. Out of curiosity:
1. How do you decide how fine or think to spin?
2. Do you spin the same every time, or does the thin or thickness depend on the type of fiber you're spinning?
(Knitting content to come, don't worry. I haven't abandoned my WIPs all together!)