Yesterday, Lucy woke up and said, "I think we should spin today." As it was rainy and cold and as I am not one to deny my children anything reasonable, especially when that reasonable thing is to spin on a rainy day, I said yes.
I finished the square I was working on (but of course) and moved on to my Wee Gem, where I had the half-finished remains of my first ever handpainted fleece on the bobbin. Remember it?
As I began to spin, I started to wonder if I had made the newbie mistake of wanting it all. While we were dyeing, every colour was so lovely and rich that I wanted to put all of them on my fleece. Now, I feared that the result would be a kind of muddy rainbow look, which isn't really a look I am interested in achieving.
After making a thin single, I chain plied and the results are not so bad.
I did go back to the squares, btw. Even in the ecstasy of spinning, I didn't lose sight of The Goal.
But what of dear Lucy? She had her own Goal.
She decided to make some felted shoelaces a la Pluckyfuff's book, Intertwined. And so she did. She carded the colours she wanted, spun them up, and felted the yarn. Here she is pulling apart the felted yarn, which tends to felt to itself in the process.
The sun even came out so the yarn dried quickly and, voila, super cute felted shoelaces.
Lucy is awesome.
To celebrate daughters who wake up and want to spin, here are some happy flowers in sunlight.