One, Two, Fourteen

I’m fairly certain that those of us who choose to handspin yarn for fun commonly let the spinning get away from us. No, I don’t mean any sort of comical cartoon-like spinning wheel come unhinged and rolling down the street inexplicably leaving a trail of yarn in its wake while I chase after it (although my kids absolutely wish something that exciting would be associated with my handspinning). I just mean that you get in a spinning groove and you find yourself spinning just to spin. For a long while. And the skeins of handspun yarn pile up. If you’re like me, they may even pile up to the extent that you start to forget the clever name of the colorway let alone the fiber content and dyer. If you’re like me, you’ve acquired a small box that holds the bags from the fibers you spin. If you’re like me, you inevitably find yourself rifling through said box with your fingers crossed hoping you can decipher which skein of yarn goes with what bag.

I definitely need a new system of organization. Please don’t tell Marie Kondo how bad this has gotten or the fact that my 3 clothing drawers are organized and folded neatly may be overshadowed by this shadow of failure. But let’s go there another day.

Suffice to say, I went to photograph and share my recently finished yarns and found not one or two skeins, but fourteen. Oy. Dating back to the end of last year. Oy. And I did the rifling through the plastic bags with the crossed fingers. Oy.

But, on the bright side, through the crossed-finger search I did come up with a new idea for organizing that may just manage to not step on my voracious appetite to keep spinning with minimal interruption. I suppose time will tell on that point.

For today, I’m going to quickly (or as quickly as I can) share those fourteen skeins with you with minimal commentary. I’ll be leaving out yarn weight and yardage, just because I’ve not yet gotten to logging that all in and there’s really a need here to share them and get these skeins tagged and on the shelf before I get any further behind. I’m hopeful that today you’ll forgive me and be OK looking at some pretty yarns and stand with me, fingers crossed, in hopes that the future will be slightly more organized.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at some pretty handspun yarns!

Fall Foliage 8 from Three Waters Farm on the 85/15 Polwarth/Tussah base.

Maple Leaf Rag from Three Waters Farm, a simple 2-ply on the 80/20 Merino/Tussah base.

Three Waters Farm’s Firefly Dusk, a chain-ply version on the 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Tussah base.

A 2-ply Kelp on 85/15 Polwarth/Silk from Three Waters Farm.

From Nest Fiber Studio, this is Damaged Goods on Superfine Merino.

Hazelnut from Inglenook Fibers spun from battlings made of a 40/25/25/10 Corriedale/Superfine Merino/Mulberry Silk/Flax base.

From the Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club, a 3-ply version of Dried Rose Petals on the 50/25/25 Merino/Bamboo/Tussah base.

Dungarees and Flannel on a 100% Mixed BFL base from Three Waters Farm.

TWF’s Summer Palette on 80/20 Merino/Tussah base.

Roasted Gold on an 85/15 Polwarth/Tussah base from TWF.

Hayride on 70/30 Mixed BFL/Silk from Nest Fiber Studio.

60/20/20 Merino/Cashmere/Silk from Three Sisters Fiber Co. (now Abacus Dyeworks) — This one either had no name or I misplaced the tag with the name (insert eyeroll here).

Chasing Deer on 100% Falkland from Nest Fiber Studio.

And last, but certainly not least…

Multifarious Ruse on 100% Finn from TWF. This one could have been any color and I’d have bought it for the name, but I’m in love with the colorway, too!

And there you have it, all 14 spins!

19 thoughts on “One, Two, Fourteen

  1. I can’t even begin to start spinning for fear – and yes, I said fear! – that it would overtake my life!! Knitting and crocheting has alienated me from my family enough as it is. LOL! Good luck with your new organization system!

  2. Oh wow, these are absolutely beautiful! I have no idea how to sort out the organisational system, but it seems to me like you have a good idea of what’s going on!

    1. I am thinking about using a notebook for notes and sticking the bag labels right in the notebook. Then everything can be in one spot and dated as well. That’s my plan. 🤞🏻

  3. Well done! Especially for having searched through the bags with your fingers crossed! 😂 I truly love your work!

  4. Sarah, these are gorgeous!

    You have been a spinning fool this year, I love it! Not sure what organization method you plan to use, but Ravelry spinning projects could help. Also, I keep the label or bag with the bobbins, so the name is always there. But I am not as prolific a spinner as you are so that might be easier for me.

    1. My problem, I think, is that when I go into Ravelry then I’m checking *everything* there, so it’s never just duck in and create a project. 🙄 I am already trying to keep a notebook with notes, so I am going to affix the label right in there. I’m thinking that may help! That, notes, plus a date should do the trick!

    1. Thank you! That one turned out super nice! It’s probably one of the best of the lot technically speaking. Plus, I can’t say enough good things about that base. 40/40/20 Merino/Superwash Merino/Silk is a fave.

  5. These are so gorgeous! I love how unique each skein is. I have a drop spindle gathering dust o a shelf but this makes me want to try again.

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