It’s interesting to discover how J’s approach to spinning yarns – in which every aspect of the craft is treated as a question of technique – results in yarns that are characteristically different to those I make.
Consider this simple Beanie hat I’m knitting with J’s latest yarn. Shetland wool, in three natural fleece colours – black, grey, white, deployed so as to give this random colouring.
Except that – according to J – it is not random : it is, he says, a mathematical progression of tones determined by the unique combination of techniques, covering every stage of the project.
That’s J the engineer at work!
Though methodical, there’s no notebook, no spreadsheets, and no apps – not that I can see : and once a batch of yarn is completed he seems quite content to simply forget how it was made.
Spontaneity is his goal, that’s clear : but – and it seems paradoxical to me! – for J that’s still a question of technique.