Posted on February 7, 2012 at 11:28 am

It's amazing how bobbins affect forward momentum in a project.

Not too long ago, when I packed up all the wheels and drove them to The Spinning Loft in Michigan for the Dream Wheel Trunk Show, I did something really clever with the extra four Watson bobbins I own, putting them someplace safe.

Now if only I could remember where that was.

More than a week has passed since I finished the singles for my "super-fast handspun project" which has by now slid into the "not-so-fast handspun project" category. And all for the want of an empty bobbin to ply onto. Suddenly the spinning thing becomes a game of Rush Hour. "Which bus bobbin do I have to move clear to get my car free singles plied?"

I finally gave up and cranked some other singles on one bobbin off onto my trusty singles holding tool, also known as a toilet paper tube (They fit perfectly onto the core of my ball winder, and they are in reliable supply).

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Voila! Empty bobbin. Which allowed me to finally break the log jam and get the singles plied. The result:

630 Yards of worsted weight 2 ply, from Spunky Eclectic's BFL in Leaf Peep, destined to be the contrast yarn for a Kirigami.

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Now I have four empty bobbins.

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I love that they look just spent from the effort.

So, should I finish the project that is on the fifth one? Or start something new?

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This is a Bliss batt from Enchanted Knoll; it's been on the wheel since the Tour de Fleece (which was in July?). It makes me feel guilty looking at it. I'm about a third of the way through this spin. I think it needs me. And it needs empty bobbins to get finished.

but I'm also feeling the pull of a few sweater lots. Five sweater lots to be exact. Oh the allure of the new!

Or maybe, just maybe I should find the errant four bobbins and not loose any sleep over my next spin move.