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Spring is Coming March 6, 2012

Along with the freshly budded trees outside my window, is the freshly wound yarn for a spring project. Here it lingers in the soft morning light –

Besides winding yarn, I’ve been winding up a new design and surprisingly (or not?) it’s sequed into another version, in another yarn, with a slightly different look…

[In fact, I have yet another yarn for a version three but alas! Two-handedness is my flaw.]

Not only can I not knit fast enough lately, I can’t wind fast enough!

And, it’s a funny thing – yarn in skeins.

I have to get into the mood to wind. [Does this] happen to you?

Maybe it’s because I don’t have a “station” that can be visited 24/7 and have to build it anew each session.

But, really, I think it’s just because I’m so ready to get to the knitting, it’s a diversion that I’d rather skip!

It’s kind of an “eat your vegetables” kind of thing too – even though it’s better for the yarn to be wound not too far in advance of use (if not commercially wound), it still seems like D.U.T.Y.

Right now I’m more like the Kid in the Candy Store and just want to stuff my face!


8 responses to “Spring is Coming March 6, 2012”

  1. Laura says:

    I don’t mind winding so much, but like you, I don’t have a dedicated winding area. So I have to clean off the table, set up the swift, set up the winder… and I have to do it when my kids aren’t around to yank on any of it. (My poor ball winder has been repaired by my patient husband at least three times now.)

    I have a sweater’s worth of yarn on the table right now that is just begging to be wound so I can start swatching. But first I have to retrieve one skein from my 2yo, who just grabbed it and ran off yelling, “No! My yarn!”

    Yep. She’s definitely my kid. :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    I seem to fluctuate. Sometimes I don’t mind winding, other times it feels like too long too wait. That look wonderful – I can’t wait to see what it becomes!

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    Heh! It’s all sort of vanilla ice-creamy goodness everywhere…

  4. DeannaC says:

    Sometimes when I don’t feel like winding (often!), I open the skein up on my lap, and retwist when I’m done for the day. This works best at home though.

  5. Bonne Marie says:

    You know – you are not alone!

    I was doing some research online about skein/hank vs ball and read that many people do it that way.

  6. Kathleen says:

    Funny that you are musing about winding yarn. I thought the other day about how most yarn used to come in pre-wound balls (or at least the yarn that I was buying—–and the used to is at least 25 years ago) and how much I like to be able to just get the yarn out and knit when the ‘desire’ strikes. So I’m thinking that my next project will be out of some Noro Kureyon that I just purchased. I think, however, that you are right that if one had a designatied winding station it would not seem like such a chore. Sort of like keeping the ironing board up all the time (at least for me!).

  7. Wendy says:

    I always feel it’s a nuisance, but when I start it, it’s not so bad (like a lot of things in life).

  8. Beth says:

    I leave my swift up but closed (I’m single with no kiddies) It’s really handy to just whip it open and dry your socks and bras on it. My brother wanted to know why I had an umbrella attached to my table…LOL!

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