I love my diz. Josette of Enchanted Knoll Farm was the one who implanted the seed last summer. The seed lay dormant for a few months, then gradually began germinating and finally, I bought my diz (see my earlier post last month).
Since then, if I can't muster the concentration or energy to spin, I pull out bumps of beautiful fiber in my stash and diz it. Now I have a number of batches of fiber dizzed and ready to go. Currently on my Schacht-Reeves is a Crosspatch Creations batt with all sorts of textural interest, and on my Victoria is a Happy Hooves club batt from Enchanted Knoll.
I am addicted to dizzing fiber. And I am beginning to see how much it improves my spinning consistency, fineness and pleasure of spinning. I still separate my fiber mostly for spinning in the fractal way. I just like how the yarns turn out.
I have reserved some short stapled fibers in my stash to practice long draw on, as I don't need to diz fiber for long draw. Long draw is my goal this month - it just looks so relaxing and when I've done it in the past, I wound up with soft, fluffy yarn, even when I thought my fiber prep would make it impossible. Though I did it after watching a spinning video (full length, purchased video, not short YouTube video), I haven't done it in some time, and don't feel like I mastered it. Enter my challenge for the month. I will be at a Maine Spinner's Registry Spin-In in Newport, ME next weekend, and SPA in Freeport, ME the last weekend in February, so I'll have a couple of opportunities for some help and instruction hands-on to get the hand of it.
Doesn't that pile of dizzed fiber on the left just call for one to sit down at a wheel and get into the zen of spinning? I know one can draft by hand, but the diz makes it so nice and even, and seems to blend the colors better than my pre-drafting by hand ever did....
Any of you reading this who will be at the Spin-In in Newport on the 14th or SPA in Freeport on the 28/29th, let me know. This year, I want to meet people I know through blogging!