Virtue needs some cheaper thrills

I find it particularly difficult to spin in warm weather, and since we don’t really utilize our air conditioner unless things are dire, it’s just now cool and dry enough to spin without having wool fibers stuck to my sweaty hands. Last night I lubed up the Kromski, went through my many bins of fiber and pulled out several projects worth to work on over my upcoming school break. I’m aiming for some sock yarn, so to that end I tried to find complimentary colorways to blend into interesting combinations.

Funky Carolina handspun "Crocus"

I started off with some Rambouillet from Funky Carolina (a fiber club offering from last spring) and plan to ply that against a merino/silk blend (also from Funky) that’s a really lovely bright springy greeny yellow. I adore Funky Carolina, her colorways and fiber choices are always really inspired, beautifully prepared and a joy to spin. She’ll still be doing her Etsy store, but says she is taking a break from the subscriptions for a while. I’ll definitely be watching to see when she picks it back up.

My goal is to spin for at least 10 minutes per day. I joined a very inspiring Ravelry group, to that end. It really is amazing how much you can spin up if you just do a little bit at a time. It is also endlessly amusing to watch the kittens, who are transfixed by the spinning wheel as it goes round and round.

Since there is about to be a new influx of fiber into the Big Bowl O Handspun Yarn, I figured I probably should use some of the old handspun in actual projects. I suppose there’s this part of me that doesn’t want to use yarn unless it is “perfect” but what that leaves me with is a lot of handspun I’m not using. Because I’m so, so, so not perfect. I’m just flyering by the seat of my pants, right? I’m trying to get over myself and use it up.

So I started another one of those “Noro” scarves that everyone is knitting up. Only this one isn’t Noro. It’s my handspun. And I could NOT be happier with it. I love how it feels, how it is knitting up into a squooshy fabric and blooming… oh it’s wonderful to use something I made!

Handspun "noro" scarf handspun scarf detail

How gorgeous is that, right? I love the color variations, even in the mostly solid colorway. It’s a blend of different fibers, wool, alpaca, silk, and some glitz. What fun!

And then #1 Daughter requested one of those silly little cowl/neckwarmer things that I’ve been turning out, and she asked me to make it for her in some bright orange handspun that I was despairing of ever finding a use for.

Handspun cowl

I like this idea of making actual warm and useful things, not just stashing the skeins in a big bowl on the mantel! And nowhere in the concept of “actually warm and useful” does it say “perfect.”



About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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4 Responses to Virtue needs some cheaper thrills

  1. Ellen Bloom says:

    How satisfying! All of your colors are gorgeous! So happy! The cowl is quite wonderful.

  2. Wendy says:

    Lovely stuff! I have 4.25 Fetching mitts left to go and then I can make something for me, me, me! I’m thinking about a Morning Surf scarf or just a squishy garter stitch one in some superwash merino.

  3. Emily says:

    I really like the “noro” handspun scarf colors. They remind me of Lorna Lace’s “Bittersweet” color way.

  4. Marilyn says:


    Thanks for visiting Delights of the Heart. The picture of Santa drinking tea was done a few years ago for me by my son.

    I love the yarn you have been posting.

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