I'm beginning the year with a bin.

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My 2015 bin! Ok, it could've larger, but I want an achievable goal.  

Not a bang. A bin. A full bin of fiber and yarn. And by the end of the year, my goal is to transform everything in it into some other state. (Don’t worry—if it looks like this will leave me stashless, it’s just a trick of the photography. There are about seven more like it hiding under the stairs.)


For high-volume and high-impact, it’s hard to beat weaving, so I’m planning to take a number of braids from this bin and make yardage. Having learned a lot of what I know about weaving from Sara Lamb, I’m excited to dip into her ebook and video about spinning to weave. And so far, I like what I see:


“How much fiber should I buy if I want to make a …?

Buy lots! You can estimate the amount of fiber you’ll need by weighing something similar out of a similar fiber—your woven winter jacket or a blanket from your bed, for example. But buy more than just that weight: your yarn may be different than that used in a similar item and there will be take-up, shrinkage, and loom waste in the weaving process.” —Sara Lamb, Spin to Weave


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  Wisteria Lace Shawl by Diane Mulholland. Photo by Joe Coca.

For knitting, I’ve got some lovely laceweight and fingering weight yarns in varying quantities, and I’ve had my eye on a number of patterns in All New Homespun Handknit for years now. There’s some angora/wool blend that would be perfect for the Wisteria Lace Shawl by Diane Mulholland, and my super-frosty office surely needs a pair of Diamonds and Pearls Lace Mitts by Emma Crew.


And as for spinning, one of the best ways to transform fiber into yarn fast is by making fatter yarn. Like a lot of spinners, I have fallen into the trap of spinning finer and finer until DK weight yarn feels impossibly fat. Time to break out of the rut and spin bulky yarns—big, juicy fat ones! And that way I can put them in next year’s bin.


Happy New Year, spinners.


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