Saturday at spinning guild, Spunky Eclectic's Amy King led us through a few specific techniques for spinning: long draw from the fold, supported long draw, and unsupported long draw, and finally regaining the ability to spin bulky that so many of us lose in our pursuit of consistent thinner spinning. Perfecting long draw demands attention, though I can feel the peace it will bring once I can do it consistently. The practice of spinning bulky is more immediately relaxing, and that relaxing peace has been calling to me while critters, heavy snow, and storing hay all overwhelmed the fiber call for a couple days. But today is another day of snow, grey skies, cold, and a fire in my stove, that combination of elements that begs for fiber work. I yielded to that call this morning and spent an hour in front of the fire with my faithful friend Rose and a one ounce length of hand dyed polwarth Amy did not want to take back to Maine.
It is the same fiber with which I first practiced bulky spinning on Saturday. It is a heavenly fiber, one I have long loved. Properly bred and properly prepared, it is soft, springy and simply luscious, a wool to cushion your soul as it warms your skin. It plays quite well with angora, too. Spun bulky brings out this wool's bouncy go ahead and squish me character that just puts a happy little kid grin on the face. It was a quick spin, and I just as quickly wrapped it into an Andean bracelet to ply it. And then the sweet little skein was in my hand, its only fault is it's only one ounce. I am hungry for more.