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The Art of Preparation
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The Art of Preparation

Prep Work: Winding the Hanks

Prep Work: Winding the Hanks  

Sometimes I enjoy winding the skeins just as much as I enjoy knitting with them. 

The joy of preparation.

The whirring of the swift. 

Living in the moment as my hands glide across the fiber.

Handspun Cotswold 

Casting on for my sister’s new vest in the beautiful golden orange.

Planning the Whisper Cardigan in the wonderful gray.

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Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in “Cedar” colorway

Cotswold handspun singles from Nova Scotia in ivory and gray

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I did not plan to use these colors together, but I was so pleased with how they looked next to each other.  I have to keep this in mind for a future project.

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11 Responses

  1. Leslie

    i totally know what you mean. making those little cakes is very satisfying. i used a gift certificate recently to purchase yarn for one of those luscious “absolutely fabulous” throws by colinette. i am delaying winding all of the yarn because i want to savor the anticipation of that!

  2. LittleWit

    I have yarn cakes sitting around my craft room just begging to be knit up. I can’t wait to get started on them. :)

  3. Josiane

    You are right, those colours look great together!
    Your sister’s vest will be gorgeous. I recently saw a Honeycomb in progress (made from handspun, no less!) and I thought the pattern makes a really nice texture.

  4. flissy

    Little known fact: Steve makes fun of my swift but he secretly enjoys winding my yarn for me.

  5. Petunia

    I hear a colorwork project heading for you! It may be out of sight now, but it’s getting closer!

  6. Joanna

    Ooh Honeycomb! I’ve been yearning to knit a vest for months but could never settle on a pattern – something classic, that would go with everything and had a little something special to it. I’m flipflopping between Honeycomb and the Back to School U-Neck vest by Stefanie Japel. I look forward to reading about your experience with this pattern!

  7. katie m.

    So lovely! There is something very satisfying about a well wound cake … complete in itself and ready for knitting.

  8. Caren

    I just nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award. Your blog is always so lovely and inspirational.

  9. Jenna

    I also love the yarn winding process. It gets you in the mindset to start on project and be excited for it. the gray and orange do look nice together, but they’re no grellow…

  10. Renee

    I so enjoy winding skeins into balls too. Even more so that I now have a swift instead of tormenting my teenagers, lol. I used to wind one ball at a time, but not with the right equipment it’s a blast to wind a whole project. :)
    Your photos are gorgeous!

  11. felinemagnet

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who enjoys winding yarn into cakes! It is such a peaceful process, and for handpainted yarn it is neat to see how the mix of colors changes as the skein turns into a ball. I have a tabletop swift and I love it.

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