How long does it take to spin a scarf?

I’m taking a little break from sharing my ongoing Guatemalan road trip (to resolve some camera problems), and plan a little spinning challenge for myself.

Last fall at SOAR, I admired a fine knitted silk lace scarf by Abby Franquemont. In chatting with her about it, she revealed that she spun and plied all the yarn for it in an evening. My jaw just dropped. Well, it was a long evening, but even so.

I tend to think of spinning for a project as something to be done in fits and starts and to take days or weeks, not hours. I think it would be really empowering and inspiring to start after dinner and have a scarf’s worth of yarn by bedtime. So I shopped around a little and found a delicious alpaca/tussah blend from Shadeyside Farm. The photo doesn’t begin to do justice to the subtle chocolate/purple/blue colors sweeping through it.

Now all I have to do is find a nice long evening with no husband, no dinner dishes, no deadlines, and no dog to walk and see if I can pull it off. It’s only two ounces, but I’ll spin it to a fine two-ply lace weight. Can I do it? I’d love to hear some encouraging stories from you.



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