Every skein of handspun yarn is a winner in my books. I knit up all my first yarns. They provided delightful texture to simple projects. Even now, after years of spinning, I wouldn’t assert my spinning to be great. I have uneven parts. Those are the sections that remind me this yarn was made by hand – by my hands. I will even grant that a lot of those “character” characteristics are a result of simply not paying attention while I spin: I spin to relax; I spin while I am doing other things; I spin for the delight of making yarn, but not to create a perfect yarn that could be mistaken for commercial-spun yarn.
All of the above is my way of encouraging folks to show us your handspun yarns, even when you think it’s “not good enough”.
Did you join in with spinners across the globe this July for the Tour de Fleece? If so, you must have at least one skein of yarn to submit to the Handspun Skeins competition. If you did not, I highly recommend adding this event to your calendar for next year. It’s a great way to challenge yourself to spin. (I made a decent dent in my fibre stash as a result.)
Perhaps you have been spinning all year and have an abundance of handspun yarns gathering at home. Be they beautiful natural fibre or fabulous dyed yarns, we’d love to see them.
It is equally possible that you have a stash of fibre waiting to be spun, or some unfinished projects. You still have several weeks to spin and prepare a skein or two.
Whatever your tool of choice is, dive into those fibres. Don’t forget that there is a special category for yarns made from a single animal when you have access to the raw fibre. Sheep wool and alpaca each have their own subcategory, but there is a third subcategory for “other” animals, and I don’t want my chiengora (dog fur) to be the only submission. Angora rabbit, dog, and mohair goat are all options that I know exist in Manitoba; let’s see what you have. You only need (at least) 2 oz.
Avoid the temptation to wind up that new skein of handspun yarn and use it in a project. I know it’s difficult. I confess, I couldn’t hold off another day to cast on a new project using the yarn I recently spun from fibre I purchased this June.
I have no regrets. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. However, if you can refrain from knitting/ weaving/ crocheting all your new handspun yarns, that would be great. Start a new spinning project if you have to or at least save one skein if you have multiples. You can finish knitting the sleeve of your handspun sweater after the festival, right? Okay, I confess, I was really hoping to see that sweater knit up at the festival. You can still spin another yarn.
Time to grab your fibre and get spinning. You know you won’t regret it. Then submit a skein before the festival opens. Thanks 😀