There are generally two categories that spinning projects fall into: intentional spinning, and "see what you get" spinning.
Intentional spinning is planning a yarn from start to finish based on what you want to knit with it. I have a specific spinning recipe, for example for making yarn that I'm going to knit socks with. This recipe includes how much of each type of fiber I'm going to combine, how I'm going to card it, and how I'm going to spin and ply it so that I get exactly what I want.
But a "see what you get" project happens when you have beautiful fiber and you have absolutely no idea what you want to use it for, but you just really, really want to get spinning with it. Or it happens when you really feel the urge to spin but have no fiber in the hopper for a designed project.
Yesterday I was home sick and sitting at my computer, or even just my iPad, wasn't making me feel any better. I wanted something I could do on the couch while I laid back, and I really wanted to spin something on my beautiful Golding spindle. But I didn't have any project ready to go. All I knew was that I wanted to do something that I could combine with fiber from my gray alpaca, Silverton.
I grabbed my two big plastic bins of spinning fiber and started pulling stuff out. I found the following:
- Some alpaca fiber from my boy Cinnamon that I had dyed burgundy
- Some beautiful soy silk that I had dyed purple
- Some merino batt that I had dyed in mottled blue
Perfect. It seemed like it would be a fun project to just throw random amounts of that onto my hand carders, turn them into rolags, and see what I got.
I'm really liking how the colors and fibers have blended here, and it's a nice, easy spin (especially on my Golding, which feels like the Ferrari of drop spindles). No idea yet what I'm going to do with the resulting yarn. For now, I'm spinning into a fingering weight 2-ply.