Something we’ll call Impatience told me it would be . . .
faster? more convenient? easier?
. . . to spin the first length of my art yarn on a spindle. Yeah. Well, not exactly right. However, we’ll skip over the difficulties of arriving at the tiny amount of yarn on the left-hand spindle in the photo below. The yarn on the right-hand spindle was much easier. It’s a bunch of stretched out silk “hankies” spun onto a lightweight spindle. It was fun to spin. The left-hand spindle wasn’t exactly fun, but there it is.
Armed with the two spindles, and knowing from experience it’s easier to ply them on the wheel, I opted for the inconvenience of removing the bobbin of blue yarn I’m currently spinning so I could get my art yarn plied, set, and played with!
Except for the difficulty that arose from SEVERAL intensely over-spun areas, the plying went quickly. I’m excited to unwind the bobbin, but I need to wait at least overnight. I hope it will look good. From what I see on the bobbin, I think it will.
A friend (Cheryl K) from the Facebook Pin Loom Weaving Support Group sent me several small samples of art yarn she’d spun (which is what ignited my interest) a year or so ago. I spun my first art yarn then, entirely on the wheel (the very bright square, bottom center). As I recall, it was a sort of mad romp (which is probably why Impatience whispered to me to try a different method this time).
Spinning art yarn is—so far, in my opinion—time consuming, materials consuming, not high-yield, and not especially fun. So why try?
Well, I like a challenge and I LOVE the results. I have dreams of accumulating a whole bunch of little art yarn squares and . . .
Doing SOMETHING grand with them.
Or maybe I’ll just keep looking at them—because that’s fun and convenient and fast.