Do you think spinning is the new knitting?
Over the last week, I've read a lot of wonderful blog posts about how much fun and satisfying spinning is. I've also seen some amazing photos of stunningly gorgeous roving that is in your stashes, waiting to be spun into yarn.
I'm sure you've noticed that many indie dyers offer not only hand-dyed yarns among their inventory, but many indie fiber shops also offer roving: luscious, colorful, enticing roving (like Butterfly Bush Yarns, as seen above, and Caridad Fiber Art and Wild Hare, as seen below).
When Falling Stitches wrote about her spinning bug, I mentioned how I've been noting a trend among knitters who also spin and she said that perhaps spinning is the new knitting. I'm inclined to agree.
What makes many of you spin is your love of fiber -- plain and simple. Pumpkin Spins wrote a lovely post about what spinning means to her and it got me thinking about why we do what we do and why we challenge ourselves to try new crafts, and then Annie Claire shared a spinning moment on her blog which made me wish I had a wheel. It reminded me, too, of how Jane, the owner of my LYS, once told me that she's practically obsessed with spinning and that her house is overcrowded with wheels. I have to admit that I love that image.
So, perhaps I'll add spinning to my list of "things to try in 2012." But if it becomes anything like my love of knitting, I'm going to have to find a whole new space in my house to stash my roving!