Let’s play a game. A game where we keep track of how much yarn we’ve spun and how much it cost us per yard to spin it, based on the cost of Skylark divided by the yardage. The more I spin, the more the cost will go down. I am not going to include the cost of fiber – this is the manufacturing cost, not the ingredient cost. This could be the basis of a future contest (predict the day when it actually costs Ellen less to spin yarn than it does to buy it! – hourly wage NOT included), but for now, it is just to amuse myself.
My first batch on the new wheel, natural Coopworth, woolen spun with a long draw, is making me pretty happy. It also made me understand why I need to keep my day job rather than trying to keep life and limb together with a handspinning business. If I added in cost of time, that yarn would be too spendy for anyone to buy. I started spinning Tuesday night and rarely took a pause until I got it plied late last night.
I did fit in finishing up that little twisted stitch hat. I attribute that to the fact that it is hard to fit a wheel into the front passenger seat of a Prius, at least if you plan to use the long draw.
Rebecca inquires as to whether we would like to join her in pursuit of the TKGA Master Knitter program. I must admit, it has been itching at me again. I finished the first level years ago and started the second level (does finishing one book report count as starting?), and just recently was thinking I should get back to it. What do you think? ‘Cause we need to add a few things to our plates, don’t we? Are there other readers who might be interested in playing along? I’m not committing quite yet, just seeking opinions.