In The Groove

I have hit my happy place with spinning, managing to spin a little bit every day this week. Last night I sat down and in less than an hour I spun half an ounce of combed top pretty much with no effort at all. I’m in the groove!

I remember this feeling from 2020 when I spent the better part of the year wading through literally pounds of fiber, turning it into fingering and DK weight yarn. Then my shoulders started bothering me and I didn’t spin much at all for the next year and a half. But now I am well on my way to finishing already started spinning projects. After I’m caught up with those I’ll pick something else to work on and do my best to spin up as much fiber as I can.

My end goal, since I began spinning in 1985, is to knit and weave with nothing but my hand-spun yarns. I’ve still got a ton of commercial yarn to use, but my hand-spun yarn stash continues to grow, even though I’ve used up several skeins of hand-spun in different knitting and weaving projects.

I have three more ounces to spin on this bobbin and working on half an ounce at a time seems to be a good plan. This way I’m not overdoing it by losing track of time and ending up with my knees and shoulders hurting. It’s just enough spinning in one sitting to help keep my left ankle loosened up and more flexible.

It’s overcast and in the mid 40’s this morning with a chance of rain. Brad is going to pick up C.J.’s breakfast croissants for breakfast this morning and later I’ll get my hair cut and pick up our grocery order on the way home. The only other thing I have planned today is to work on the Hooplah socks and get them finished, not far to go now! I literally fell asleep in the recliner with my knitting in my lap last night.

I’ve already cast on and done the first couple of toe increases for Brad’s socks. It’ll take awhile to get those finished but he only has one good pair of wool socks left and they are getting thin on the bottom so I want to make his socks a priority. I hear him stirring around at the other end of the house so he’ll be starting the coffee and head into town to C.J.’s shortly. I was too tired to get my shower last night so I’ll do that and make the beds while he gets our breakfast.

Have a wonderful Saturday, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

One thought on “In The Groove

  1. I love your spinning wheel. My mum used to always be knitting or crocheting. She made all my children’s clothes and blankets Until they were about 8 years.


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