Mind you, the completion of this project means that I can turn my attention to other gorgeous fibry activities. This is some very pretty pencil roving that Natalie kindly sent me to play with. I have never used pencil roving before so at first I was having real difficulty in drafting as I was struggling with shaking out the slight twist. The little mantra that someone shared with me about drafting 'Hold the fibre like a baby bird' came back to me as I swung on the roving like a blackbird trying to remove a worm from the lawn. A rethink was required so I decided to break the roving into metre long sections and split it down the middle, a process if done slowly and carefully seemed to twiddle the twist out of the roving making it way easier to draft.
The wool feels like more of a shetland than a merino as it is a bit hairier and stickier and I love the way it is spinning up. By dividing the roving lengthwise I will be getting shorter colour changes which I rather like. I also have a plan for what I want to make with it when I have finished spinning.
With all the spinning I am doing it crossed my mind that it was no good making all these skeins if I was just going to keep them as pets - yarn is there to be used. So, I have wound my first skein of Wild Thing into a ball and have cast on a pair of socks (surprise....). There will be photos when there is something to see. Watching the first few rows falling from my needles and feeling yarn that I spun myself running though my fingers was a really magical moment. I got to thinking that even if I never get to be an expert spinner, the whole process of learning to spin has given me a whole new perspective on yarn and how it is constructed - I have begun to look much further beyond its superficial appearance. I really believe that learning to spin is starting to make me a more thoughtful knitter. When I started this blog I said that I wanted to record the journey that I am making in my craft. Today I really feel I have reached a couple of small milestones in the way that I think about my work and it is a lovely feeling - I am looking forward to wherever the journey leads me next.