Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Spinning Beginner Yarn

Visiting fibre space and Alexandria was good. I got to knit a lot, work the Maryland Sheep and Wool festival with Miss Babs, and hang out with people I hadn't seen in six months.

The other thing I did while I was there was to try some wheel spinning. I’ve done some spindle spinning before, but just like knitting I like to go FAST. I love spinning with a wheel. On the other hand, I don’t need another hobby, another expense, or another piece of furniture in the living room, so I don’t own one.

Thankfully this is where Lesley comes in. Lesley just got a beautiful Kromski Symphony and agreed to let me spin on it. I am still very much a beginner, so I tried out some mixed light & dark BFL from Miss Babs. She always says it’s good for new spinners – not as slippery as merino or other silky fibers.

So here I am spinning. Please remember I have no clue what I’m doing, so I’m sure I have atrocious posture and there are probably seventeen other things wrong with this photo.

My yarn is a little uneven, but that’s ok – it’s beginner yarn! I don’t know all the smart words about spinning, whether I should talk about plies or twist or drafting or whatever. I’m just excited to have made yarn that looks mostly like yarn. It averages out to be worsted weight or so. I hope there is enough for a hat.

Lesley is also awesome and agreed to spin some yarn just for me! She has a lot more practice than I do, so her yarn looks a lot nicer. (Just like real yarn!) This is from Polwarth fiber from Squoosh Fiberarts, in a color called Fathom. It’s over 500 yards and probably sportweight. I have no idea what I’m going to do to show it off. Maybe a shawlette? Anybody have any suggestions?

1 comment:

Sarah said...

What a pretty wheel! I've been spindle spinning lately, which I really like, but man is it hard on the body. I'd like to get a wheel, but those things are way too expensive at the moment. So, someday.