No, really, you are not actually a special snowflake…

when older, wiser spinners who are vastly more experienced say things like, “It really helps to let the bobbin sit for a few days before plying, so that the twist settles and it isn’t quite as tangly.” it helps to listen to them. Really. Also, the scotch tension on your lazy kate is there for a reason. Why didn’t you use it?

Dollie bun

The tangled mess that you fought with for two freaking hours tonight? The bad words? The snapped singles? The knots? The tears? The throwing of the orifice hook across the room (which scared the cats and has resulted in a lost orifice hook), yeah, that totally could have been avoided.

dollies macro

I guess you can look upon it as a valuable learning experience. It isn’t so bad. You can make socks with it. The mistakes will just remind you not to be a total dumbass next time, right?

dollie skein

Next time, slow down, be patient, wait a few days, and for gods sake, remember to tension the lazy kate. Please. And bribe the kittens with tuna shots or something.

Oh, and to the person who came to my site after searching, “Honey grannies”? Really? I’m freaking amused that you got my page on granny squares instead. That’s funny. I don’t think that’s what you were expecting. Also, ew.


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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5 Responses to No, really, you are not actually a special snowflake…

  1. Marie says:

    I’m not much of a pink person, but that yarn is fabulous! Love the richness of the color.
    I’m not sure I buy the whole letting it rest thing, though. If you do that you have to be careful not to overspin the plying. But that’s just my two cents.

    • eightfoldrabbit says:

      I don’t count treadles when I spin singles, but I do count when I ply – usually I’ll figure out how many makes the ply I want and then I just go on from there, which solves the overspinning issue pretty neatly. I think if I’d had my kate tensioned properly, it wouldn’t have been such an issue, though. THat was really dumb of me!

  2. Mouse says:

    That yarn is plied beautifully! I really like a nice tight ply in my yarn… though I don’t bother to count treadles or any of that stuff.

  3. Emily says:

    I’ve learned that lesson before except I have yet to try and untangle the yarn from the cake. Your yarn turned out beautifully though!

  4. Knitnana says:

    pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty pink!!!

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