My journey into spinning has been a lot like how I learned to knit. I started off with a bit of help and then I am largely learning by taking chances, pushing myself, trial and error, and a fair bit of dumb luck. For the most part, I let my instincts guide me and when I am really stumped I ask for advice from my contacts who are more experienced than I. I am so lucky in that they are always happy to help. Sometimes, however, I discovered that I am doing something in a… unique way.
One such discovery came about when I started to write about the spinning and finishing of the custom spin I’ve been working on. If you’ll remember, I divided up the fiber and organized them into a a ton of little fauxlags.
I have been spinning my fauxlags up using my short forward draw. The short forward draw comes naturally to me so I haven’t really worked on perfecting any aspect of my long draw yet. Truth be told, the long draw kind of terrifies me. I will work on it someday, but for now I’m the one spinning fauxlags with a short forward draw. Now granted my googling skills aren’t all that great, but I wasn’t able to find reference to anyone else out there spinning fauxlags with a short forward draw. So, there’s a fairly good chance this is some huge spinning faux pas that I was unaware of and I may get voted off the island for doing it. Honestly though, I really like how the fauxlags blend colors. I haven’t had any issues working with the fauxlags in this manner — I just follow the wool across and around the fauxlag and I get a really lovely worsted yarn. Which I love to Navajo-ply into a beautiful, round 3-ply yarn.
The result is about 430yards of a 3-ply light fingering weight yarn. Remember, this is a blend of 75% Organic Polwarth & 25% Silk from Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber. It is a soft, drapey mauve & green with accents of gold. I just think the yarn turned out pretty lovely. In fact, I think this skein might just be worth getting voted off the island. The real judgement, though, will come next week when it is hand delivered to its new owner. I have a sneaking suspicion she won’t mind if I’m doing it wrong either.