Why do I spin?

Anyone who has done public spinning demonstrations has probably experienced a lot of the same questions. How does the fiber start out in your hand blue and go around the wheel white (drive band) and then go back to blue?  How do you keep the yarn the same thickness? How strong is the yarn?

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Many years ago I was at a state fair demonstrating spinning.  A man came up and asked me why I was spinning yarn; couldn’t I buy yarn already spun? I told him that his question was similar to asking a gourmet cook why they were cooking from scratch when they could buy a frozen dinner at the store. It was probably overstated, but I think I got the point across.

The further back you go to the beginning of a process the more control you have of the end product, from choosing the type of wool, to combining different fiber types, to choosing the color or color blends to spinning it to the size and construction that you want.  The possibilities are endless!

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After receiving our new multi-merino additions, I couldn’t wait to see them spun up!

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While I was spinning them I noticed that the Tidewater and Bermuda are reminiscent of the tropics: bright sunny skies, sparkling aqua waters, wading in tide pools watching the brilliantly colored and abundant sea life. The Loch Ness and Borealis emulate the northern lights over a pine tree rimmed lake.  As I twisted them all together, I thought about the combination of all the colors, north and south and water and skies. This would make a wonderful infinity scarf!

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Imagine the possibilities. That’s why I spin.

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