UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

May 30, 2009

Spinning My Wheels

Filed under: discussion, summary — UndyedYarnpire @ 7:20 pm

I am still stuck on not wanting to spin what is on the bobbin. I was 80% of the way through my birthday fiber when I left for Yarn School.

I have not touched my wheel since I have returned. It is somewhat sad because I had this amazing idea for plying the fiber with a natural colored fiber (not sure which shade) and having a much more subtle (and longer) skein of progressive rainbow yarn. Then I was going to knit that into a mobius scarf. 

Hopefully the spinning blahs will go away in time. I am still bitter and angry and sickened by the experiences at Yarn School. I do not feel like spinning because it reminds me of the horrible time I had and the disaster that trip was. I do not feel like spinning because the other spinners I met were not people I want to know. So if I spin, maybe I will not want to know myself anymore. Unfortunate timing since we are about to head into summer here and I cannot spin when it is too warm. 

I need to finish this bobbin because I do not think the pre-drafted fiber will resurrect well if it gets crammed into a corner somewhere. 

I am already having storage problems with my carded batts. 

Knitting-wise, things are sort of stalled because I am bored. I am honest enough with myself to know that I will never finish a cabled sweater. I doubt I would finish a ribbed hat even. So that means it has to be plain stockinette. But I do not have a huge desire to sit right down and knit a thousand stitches to get half an inch of length. 

I should probably start another sock so I have something I can measure progress on. Or I could at least copy the charts out big enough to see. I should, I should, I should. 

Honestly, Yarn School was so terrible an experience that I have read 15 books since we got back, written a short story, cooked a bunch of food, done a bunch of laundry, and spent a lot of time outside instead of even looking at anything to do with yarn or fiber. It took me a week to even open the box I shipped back. 

Yarn School should have a warning label that says “We will ruin spinning for you and you will run screaming into the night never wanting to see a ball of yarn ever again.” That would be truth in advertising. It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. And worse yet, I know no one reads this blog, so no one will know the truth.



  1. Have you contacted the organizers about the shortcomings? It might not be pretty, but I’ve always said that honesty is the best policy.

    Comment by Jasmin — June 1, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    • In response to my email saying I had personal reasons to leave early, but that it was not a good fit personality-wise, I got an email from the organizer which suggested that it was my fault for not having a good time.

      That means there is no point in suggesting anything or indicating particular sticking points.

      It leaves me wishing Karma was visible and hoping I have higher Google matches than she does.

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — June 1, 2009 @ 11:59 am

  2. Yikes! I may have to reconsider going now! I want to go and have a good time and learn some new things! Thanks for the warning. I may just have to do SOAR instead!

    Comment by Mary — October 22, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

    • In a draft version of a post I have written this: “Thou shalt never consider attending Yarn School, lest the shame of thy brainless head weight thy soul, sundering it beforetime and drawing Death nigh. (Really, it was the worst travel experience of my entire life.))”

      Comment by UndyedYarnpire — October 22, 2009 @ 9:30 pm

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