Stash Treasures: "Just Spin It!"
Inspired by the Illinois Prairie Spinners, I am finally spinning this merino top. It was dyed with natural dyestuffs by Earthly Hues in Granville, Ohio. Photo: Kate Larson.
Like most spinners, I keep a stash of fiber. When I have a blissful hour to look through my favorite stash, kept in an oak cabinet that belonged to my great-grandfather, I always enjoy seeing reminders of my journey as a spinner. A few ounces of angora that I purchased at my first Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival or a pound of polwarth from my first SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) can bring back great memories. Some of my stash just never seems to make its way from the cabinet to the wheel. Maybe I am still unsure about what project I might use it for, or it is simply too perfect as it is, in unspun form.
The Illinois Prairie Spinners are planning to start the year with a program called Just Spin It! Janet Calkins challenged members to "bring your wheel or spindle and that precious, well-aged fiber and start spinning the 'good stuff.'" As a group, they will talk about the spinning techniques, wheel adjustments, and yarn designs best suited to their beloved stash fiber.
In the spirit of their adventure, I have pulled a lovely 4 ounces of naturally dyed merino top out of my stash. I see a new cowl in my future! Have you started any new projects in the new year?