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Yarn in the Wild – First Handspun

July 11, 2006

I’ve been spinning a lot the last few days. First, if you haven’t listened to Cast On, you should go check it out. It’s great to listen to while spinning or knitting. I’ve slowly been listening to all the back episodes, and have really enjoyed it. She does her podcast in seasons, and this last season was all on the muses and how they inspire knitting. Very interesting stuff.

I also like to listen to NPR books Podcast. Since we don’t have TV I enjoy the podcasts and music. If you have any other suggestions of things to listen to, I would love to hear what you listen to while knitting.

Yesterday while I was spinning and listening to podcasts I fell in love with this bobbin.


I really like all of the colors and how they looked in big sections like that. The contrasts of the deep pink with the greys and blacks just pushed me further. “Just keep spinning, Just keep spinning” I told myself as the hours just flew by. I couldn’t wait to ply it and was very hopeful to get just a little bit done.

Let me explain. The last bobbin I spun turned out mostly grey. The whole thing was slight variances of grey and lavender, making the whole thing grey. I thought for sure I was going to have to over dye the skein after it was all put together. This bobbin was a serious uplift from what was before. Not to mention my consistency has improved leaps and bounds.

So today I spun some more, and looky what I’ve got!

my first handspun hand dyed yarn

Now that I have a backyard I get to do “yarn in the wild” photos. It’s resting in our Magnolia tree branches. I love how it turned out. I haven’t given it a bath yet/set the twist. Since I don’t have a niddy noddy I wrapped it around my arm and hand to skein it. Hence the kind of funky skein. Plus ignore the green bit, that’s scrap yarn holding it together.

I have quite a bit more to ply, at least another skein this size. I’m not sure what the yardage is like, but it’s not to shabby. I’ll try to figure it out before I ball it up. Now I need to figure out its knitting destiny. Any ideas?

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2006 7:16 pm

    I listen to books on tape while sewing, knitting, doing the dishes, etc. I’ve found that there are a lot of great classiscs that I just can’t read off the pace (Out of Africa by Isak Dinesan comes to mind) that are wonderful read aloud.
    Also this way I get to really do two things at once – create/clean/whatever and improve my literary portfolio.

  2. Gray permalink
    July 12, 2006 5:32 am

    I would be truly lost without NPR. We are fortunate to live where we can listen to public radio in three states.

    What I came to say is that I really enjoy your various outdoor yarn photos. I’m not sure why. Somehow the great colors combined with a certain harmony of plants and home spun is very appealing.

  3. July 12, 2006 5:52 am

    I also listen to audiobooks while knitting. Right now I’m listening to Wicked and have Son of the Witch up next. I also listen to some of the knitting podcasts out there.

  4. Jodie permalink
    July 12, 2006 9:56 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting some books on tape. I’ll have to do that during my next library run.

    I also really like the pictures in the “wild”. Something about them really makes the colors pop. I was really excited that I finially get a chance to do this.

  5. July 14, 2006 1:11 pm

    Looks GREAT!!! The yarn is gong to knit up really beautifully! And thanks for the second heads up on the musicians that knit. I think I better join. ;0) Has anyone noticed that it seems no musicians listen to music on the radio? We all tune in to NPR or rent books on tape…(Twilight Zone theme inserted here)

  6. Jodie permalink
    July 18, 2006 9:49 am

    Did I tell you about the musicians that knit before? I hope I didn’t, that’s tacky.

    I know that I get enough music stuff through school, that when I’m looking to relax, it’s not really relaxing. It’s work. Plus the books and NPR help round me out a little as a person. I’ll recommend music and symphonies for people to listen to any day though.

  7. July 23, 2006 8:56 am

    What beautiful handspun! You’re going to inspire me to spin even though it’s 100 degrees (which us poor oregonians just melt in, huh!)

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