Monday, July 21, 2014

The yarn is nothing

I have said that, "yarn is important".   I was wrong.  The fabric is everything.

Wool shirting is wonderful stuff.  The yarn for shirting is delicate, difficult to handle, fragile, tends to tangle, and is a pain to spin. As spinners, we put up with all that because wool shirting is wonderful stuff.

Likewise, knitting can transform a yarn, particularly when the knitting is done on fine needles.

Spinning a yarn, and not letting it reach fulfillment as a fabric is like a chef preparing his vegetables, cooking them carefully, then letting them sit till they rot without ever serving them to the hungry.  

Just as vegetables deserve to be served and eaten, yarns deserve to be made into fabric and worn.

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