June 20, 2009


You'll be pleased to know I have acquired a fibre stash. It's enough to make my darling husband nervous.

Fortunately, I am not at the SABLE stage. (SABLE is, according to those that know, Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy.) That would make me nervous. Both of us are committed to only owning beautiful and useful stuff in reasonable quantities.

I have enough fibre to keep me going for a long while, so I am going to try and not accumulate any more. Right after the parcel of superwash roving in five colours arrives. And after I pick up the roving those women at the Saturday LYS knit in said they'd leave at the counter for me.

See, the thing is, people buy roving because it's pretty and after a while they decide to destash, especially when they see me using my drop spindle.

You say my resolve sounds pretty wishy-washy to you? Yeah, you're probably right.

Eight months ago I had no stash and didn't spin. When I went to the Fall Fiber Festival in October, I only bought a book because I didn't know enough to choose supplies wisely and didn't want to make foolish uninformed mistakes. Now I know a lot more, thanks in a very large part to the guild I belong to.

So I excuse myself for accumulating fibre a little indiscriminately here in my beginner spinner stage.

One of my goals with spinning is to acquire the skills of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31, and this verse comes to mind:
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
Proverbs 31:13 NIV
From this verse and from discussions I've had with the many hand spinners I've met, it seems to me that selection is a significant part of the process and the ability to select fibre suitable to a project is an admirable skill.

I'm trying out a variety of fibres. I work on getting the right fibre for the projects I want to do. I also work backward from the fibre kind people offer to give me to decide what yarn it should be and what finished object would be suitable.  

Not that I am at the point of making a finished object yet.  Part of the fault of that is I enjoy spinning so much I don't want to put it down and do something with yarn.

Resolution for today: summon resolve and do not ask Loren how much she wants for her 45 inch Nilus Leclerc floor loom. Card weaving (tablet weaving) is enough for now.

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