Sunday Musings: A Brand New Year and Spinning

Another year has come and gone, and a new year has just begun.  I am being optimistic that this year is going to be a good year, and one filled with new adventures and new possibilities.  

I will share that the last two years have been a bit challenging for me, and like most of us we have learned to overcome many obstacles and persevere.  For me I learned that I truly love being at home and that I really don’t need much to make me happy.  My husband and I both have realized that staying home can be so rewarding, allowing us to share so many more things together. We plan to continue being home bodies and only do things outside of our home that we love doing, like antiquing and taking small road trips. 

I’ve learned too that I don’t need a lot to make me happy and have enjoyed cleaning out closets, going through our bookshelves and downsizing my crafting items (a lot has been donated this past year). I want to be more mindful of what I purchase going forward and not to buy things just for the sake of buying. Let’s face it, one can only have so many things.

I am so excited to start off the year with a handspun finish!  So I started spinning my Quillin Fiber Arts Corridale in the color Sleepy Hollow over a year and a half ago (sad but true) and yesterday finished plying my last skein!!  I ended up with squishy soft sport weight yarn, which makes me very happy.  I plan to use two skeins that match exactly to make a Nurmilintu Shawl. I love this pattern and this is my third one to make. For me it’s perfect for handspun and super easy to memorize. This will be my first cast on for the year!

Left skein: 254 yards  Right skein 224 yards

The third skein will also be used for a shawl and I plan to use a stash skein of yarn I have (deep stash diving) dyed by The Uncommon Thread in the color Nimbostratus, a blend of 80% Blue Face Leicester and 20% Nylon. The pattern I’ve chosen is Ilo by Heidi Alander.  My main color will be Nimbostratus and the contrasting will be my handspun.

244 yards sport weight 

I think the colors compliment each other.

This week I am starting back to spinning 15 minutes a day and will be working on what is currently on my wheel, my hand blended Into The Whorl Superwash Blue Face Leicester blend.  My hopes is two achieve enough yardage for socks.

Blended April of 2021
The colors are so beautiful!

I love starting out the new year with spinning, it is soothing and meditative. My hopes this year is to embrace my love of wool again and not deviate from it. I love wool! I love all aspects of it, from spinning to knitting, it’s my first love.

Do you spin ?  If yes, what is your favorite wool breed to spin ?

10 thoughts on “Sunday Musings: A Brand New Year and Spinning

  1. What beautiful yarns. I don’t spin but there is a cowl I really want to make and it calls for Spincycle. Your yarn reminds me of their yarn. I am really hoping to make a dent in my stash this year so maybe if I get some things finished, I might treat myself to some new yarn.


  2. I have been away from my spinning wheel for the last two weeks while we were on vacation, so I am eager to get back to it! I'm hoping to finish up a big combo spin that I started in the fall of five different bags of fiber. My favorite breeds to spin are definitely Polwarth and Targhee.


  3. I've only been spinning for a month and a half, so I've only spun a few breeds. So far I really like Rambouillet and BFL. I'm lucky I'm such a new spinner I don't have much of as stash yet. I'm hoping to keep it that way, as my yarn stash is out of control.


  4. beautiful spinning and yarns! I hope this year is THE year of extra good health for all so we can get back to life as we remember it to be, fingers crossed. Happy New year!


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