Brown Bag Spinning

I just finished spinning the singles of the merino/Tencel I’ve been working on.


(Gratuitous singles shot. It’s the only pic in this post; please enjoy.)

It hasn’t been the easiest spin, and I kept telling myself that I’d spin a nice, simple wool next. Except most of my “simple wools” are from Fiber Stash, and while I love me some Fiber Stash, I have all this other stash, but I don’t want to mess it up, but then I never spin anything complicated, but I don’t know how to do a lot, and …

Well, you see how it is in my brain. We second-guess ourself a lot.

It’s true, though. I’ve never played around with the color of the fiber (I split it and let it do its thing.) I don’t know how to spin from the fold. I’ve never spun from a batt. I tried to Navajo ply but haven’t gotten the hang of it. I’ve never done just plain singles, or anything more than a 2-ply.

But that’s the great thing about fiber, yeah? It’s tough to “mess up” if you’re still making yarn, and there’s more fiber to be had. If I wait until I feel “good enough”, I’ll probably never spin some of the fancier, more expensive stuff I have, and in that case, why did I buy it?

A while back, the gals of the Just One More Row podcast were doing a brown bag KAL. You put some yarn and a pattern in a brown bag, until you had a few mystery bags. Then, when you were ready for a project, you picked a bag at random. I thought, why not do this with my fiber? I might not choose to ONLY do random spins, but it will shake things up a bit and get me out of my comfort zone. So I cut up tiny pieces of paper, wrote all of my fiber on ’em, and tossed them in a brown bag. (In case you were wondering, 18.) These range in weight from two ounces to over a pound, but most are the standard 4 ounces.

I also decided that I am not trustworthy, and I was going to make my husband draw so I wouldn’t cheat. I knew I would finish spinning my singles tonight, so I had him draw so I could start researching my next spin. (I’m a nerd. I really do research how different breeds and fibers spin.)

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know exactly what he picked, because of course. Here, I’ll give you a picture, in case you haven’t figured it out for yourself. (I lied up above, I guess. I do that.)


OF COURSE. Of course he picked the 24-breed sampler pack. I did ask for it for Christmas. And when I cut up the papers, I thought “well, I’ll make a separate bag for the sampler pack, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”. That sound you just heard was the universe laughing at me, by the way.

I am too lazy to type out the list of breeds, and it looks like the Woolgatherings shop on Etsy has updated it so it’s now 28 breeds, so go be tempted by her listing and read them for yourself. (I don’t have Blue Face Leicester, Elder, Merino or Perendale. But I’ve spun merino and I have some BFL, so I think I’ll live.)

I will tell you this, I don’t have the patience to sit through 24 ounces of plain-colored wool right now, so what I think I’m going to do is write all 24 onto little sheets of paper, throw those into a DIFFERENT brown bag, and have my husband pick 4. After that I’ll either keep them separate or mix them into the original bag, I haven’t decided yet. But he’s out at a meeting, so that’s going to have to wait.

I guess this was a really long-winded way to tell you that I am going to do some surprise spinning, and I still have no idea what I’m going to be working on next. 🙂 I’m letting the singles rest overnight, so I have a few days to work it out, and I will hopefully have some pretty yarn to show you soon!

P.S. Feel free to make suggestions of breeds, or let me know what you liked/hated spinning yourself! I’d like to stick with the random aspect, but I can use all the help I can get!


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