How Do You Choose?

Southern Cross Fibre Club December 2010 Superwash BFL

When you find yourself with an empty wheel how do you choose what to spin next?

I was recently faced with this dilemma, and instead of just grabbing something I went through the choosing more methodically.

I didn’t have any have to spinning, my work and gift spinning are all done.

I didn’t want to do any should do spinning, practicing techniques or sampling breeds.

I have no projects that I specifically want to spin for.

Leaving me wide open to choose. I roamed my stash; friends offered suggestions that I loved: your oldest stashed fiber, a color or fiber you hate or love, a forbidden too special to spin fiber, a fiber with a great memory or story associated with it, something you dyed yourself. You can see why I love my spinning friends.

Then the mail came.

I was lucky enough to get a spot in the Southern Cross Fibre Club this year, and my first shipment came. Superwash BFL in the color Mercury Rising, you can see it above. I felt like the knitting fates (and my mail carrier – I had to sign for it, making it extra special) handed me my answer.

Then my brain started tick, ticking. I have some other Southern Cross fiber that was in the forbidden, too special to spin category because David’s beautiful fiber is so popular, it’s hard to get. But now, since I’ll be getting fiber every month the too special grip has loosened.

Here’s what I decided. A fine-ish 2-ply, for me, that’s probably DK. One ply Superwash BFL in the color Mercury Rising (my first club fiber) and one ply Superwash Merino in the color Katoomba (from my stash).

The mingling of Southern Cross Fibre beauty

How do you choose what to spin next?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

7 thoughts on “How Do You Choose?

  1. Char Haas

    It depends what I’m working on, and if I need a particular stripe pattern. Often I’ll tear random sized chunks of roving off, and throw them all into a brown bag, and give them a good mix, and ten pull pieces out blindly.

  2. Kim Helmick

    Ooh, that’s lovely! I only have a spindle, which has been neglected of late. I bought some roving on vacation this year in an attempt to get myself back to spinning. It’s my January plan!

  3. Mary Jane

    When my wheel is empty, I usually pick something that is the opposite of what I just spun. That keeps me on my toes:)

  4. Linda

    I belong to a couple of spinning groups on Ravelry. One selects a fiber to spin and learn about for the month and another selects a theme (the December theme was childhood) and you spin up whatever speaks to you to showcase that theme. I choose one of those. I have learned a lot and spun fibers I might not have tried, or moved others up in the list. It’s fun and educational.

  5. Nicole

    Usually I just spin whatever jumps out at me. A quick visit to my spinning shelf and something speaks to me. Lately it has been the silk merino blends.

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