Labeling Handspun; PLY Away 4 Registration is Open
One of the things I do to get ready for winter spinning, knitting and weaving is label my miscellaneous skeins of handspun. I’m pretty good at labeling my yarn, but a few still get through. I’m not always thorough at labeling either.
I tag my just-to-spin skeins with a tyvek wristband and the basics of the yarn – fiber, company, yardage (before finishing), and that’s pretty much it. I like to go back and add a little detail to these skeins.
I do this so when I want to knit or weave with my handspun that’s wasn’t specifically spun for the project I know what I’ve got. WPI, YPP, Ply, Bumps Per Inch, plus any other details I have. I use a big hangtag, and work over a few days or weeks. It’s very relaxing and I get a great sense of accomplishment.
When I pull out all of my spin-to-spin skeins, I’m forced to go through my immediate stash. This is the stash I was going to spin right away. The reality is it could be a week old or a month old. Some of the fiber will stay, some will get filed away into deeper stash. Fiber is very patient.
I clear out odds and ends of fibers and yarns, deciding to keep them for carding or trash them. This is the perfect time to organize my end-of-the-bobbin single yarns too. I wind them onto storage bobbins and judge if I have enough to make a jumble yarn.
When I’m all organized, I feel like I’m ready for any project winter throws my way.
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.
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