Spinning Mega-Meme

Another Grand Catalogue, first found at Amelia’s blog, to tide you over until I can come up with some real content.

If you’d just like to chalk the below meme up to “has barely begun, but wants to try everything“, then look: here’s a cat!
Maximus is very photogenic.

Bold those things you have done, italicize those you wish to do, and leave plain the ones that are of no interest to you.


Fine Wools (i.e. Merino, Cormo, Rambouillet, Polwarth, CVM, Shetland, Targhee, etc.)
Longwool & Crossbreed Wools (i.e. BFL, Cotswold, Lincoln, Romney, Coopworth, Teeswater, etc.)
Down-type Wool (i.e. Black Welsh Mountain, Dorset, Cheviot etc.)
Double Coated Wool (i.e. Icelandic, Navajo-Churro, Karakul, etc.)
[probably not going to happen, eh?]
[I’d like to say, no I wouldn’t do that, but I saw a poodle the other day…]
Cat [same as above, only insert “persian” for “poodle”!]
Silk Caps/Bells/Hankies [want So Much to try!]
Silk Sliver [have played a bit with a 50/50 silk/merino sliver, on a light spindle]
Linen [shouldn’t this read “flax”?]
Cotton (prepared)
Cotton from the Boll
Engineered Fibers (Rayon, Bamboo, Soysilk, Ingeo, Ecopoly, etc.)
[but less interested than by natural fibres]
Recycled Fibers (Sari Silk, Jeans, Garnetted, etc.)
Holographic Fibers (Angelina, etc.)
Commercially Combed Top

Commercially Carded Roving
Hand Combed Top [soon, soon!!]
Hand Carded Rolags [again, soon!]
Hand Drum Carded Batts [maybe someday?]


Hand Cards
English Combs
Drum Carder

Nostepinne [so long as you count things like Swiffer handles and pieces of dowel… :) ]
Niddy Noddy
Yarn Meter
WPI Tool
McMorran Balance

Top Whorl Spindle [my own DIY]
Mid-Whorl Spindle (Norge, Ahka)
Bottom Whorl Spindle (includes Turkish) [I really want a Turkish spindle, and it one of the few styles I can’t cobble together for myself!]
Supported Spindle (Navajo, Tahkli, Russian, etc.)
Castle Wheel
Saxony Wheel
Great Wheel
Portable Wheel (Little Gem, Joy, Van Eaton Fold n’ Tote, Journey Wheel, Lendrum, Hitchiker, etc.)

Electric Spinner (Fricke SpinIt modified to take Majacraft flyers)
Charka (Bosworth, Indian book, attache, cigar box, Ashford, Reeves, Wyatt)
Tensioned Lazy Kate


Worsted Spun
Woolen Spun
Long Draw
Short-Forward Draw
Double Drafting
Energized Singles
Andean Plied 2-Ply
[spindle only]
Center-Pull Ball 2-Ply
2-Ply from Bobbins/Cops [wheel only]
3-Ply from Bobbins/Cops
Navajo Ply 3-Ply (Chained Singles) [this is So Much Fun!]
4+ Ply from Bobbins/Cops
Bulky/Super Bulky Weight [most recent spinning comes in at “bulky”; I’d like to someday spin a super-bulky single, though!]
Worsted Weight
DK Weight
Sport Weight
[I think this is the “socks from fluff”‘s yarn weight]
Fingering Weight
Lace Weight
[I definitely wnat to spin myself a shawl!]
Cabled Yarns [this sounds nifty]
Fulled Yarns
Slub Yarn
Marled Yarn (Barber-Poled Colors)
Seed Yarn (1 Thick and Soft Ply, 1 Firm and Thin)
[I really like the look of this, and have got to try it!]
Wrapped Spiral Yarn
Flame Yarn (Like Seed Yarn, but with Slubs)
Turkish Knot Yarn
Boucle Yarn
[just to say I can, though: boucle’s not my fave]
Beaded Yarn [definitely have to try it!]
Coiled Yarn
Encased Yarn (Fabric, Flower, Feather, etc. Captured Between Plies)


Buy a Fleece
Wash a Fleece
Blend Fiber Types (Combed or Carded)
Blend Colors (Combed or Carded)
Dye Handspun Yarn
Dye Prepared Roving/Top
Dye Locks
Solar-Dye Fiber
Kool-Aid/Food Coloring Dye Fiber
[I’ve done this on recycled yarn, and it was fun!]
Natural Dye Fiber
Commercial Dye Fiber (Gaywool, Jacquard, Pro-Chem, Cushings, etc.) [I’m much more interested in natural dyes, and will leave the brights to the pros]
Attend a Wool Festival
Take a Spinning Class
[that could be helpful, eh?]
Take a Dyeing Class
Spin in Public [spindle only]
Teach Children to Spin
Teach Adults to Spin [spindle basics]
Knit with Your Handspun [almost done my first “sock from fluff”!]
Crochet with Your Handspun [if I ever learn how to crochet, maybe]
Weave with Your Handspun
Design a Project to Match Your Handspun
Design a Project from Fiber to FO
Spin Yarn to Match a Commercial Pattern

Make Socks from Handspun [in progress]
Make a Scarf from Handspun
Make a Felted Project from Handspun
[I’m sensing a spinning bag in my near future!]
Make a Large Project from Handspun (Shawl, Adult Sweater, etc. >1000 yds)
Keep a Spinning Journal
[yeah, that would be a good idea, wouldn’t it?]
Use A Reference Card to Aid Consistency [probably never going to happen]
Spin Yarn for Pay [could be neat]
Process Fiber for Pay (from raw to roving/batt)
Dye Fiber for Pay
Write a Book on Spinning [maybe someday…]
Write an Article on Spinning [I have been thinking about this lately]
Make DIY Spinning Tools (PVC Niddy Noddy, Nostepinne, Lazy Kate, CD Spindle, Hackle, Wrist Distaff, etc.) [if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be spinning at all!]

What have you learned to do that has marked a definite change in your spinning life?
This is a strangely-worded question (probably geared towards experienced spinners). I think that the thing I have learned that has had the most marked change on my “spinning life” has to be learning to spin at all! In fact, learning to spin has profoundly impacted my entire life. I haven’t been able to figure out just what it is about spinning that has drawn me in so completely, but I know that I don’t ever want my life to be without it from here on in.


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