Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sit and spin

I got a spinning wheel last weekend. It's one more thing to add to my collection of hobby things. But the thing is, it seems I'm good at it. I wasn't so good at it when I took it home and tried on my own. Laurie (owner of http://theblacklamb.ca/) gave me a pound each of white and navy blue merino/nylon pencil roving. I was so excited, except I couldn't spin with it no matter what I tried. It just kept breaking if I tried to draft it any thinner.

Well, my friend Catherine in Peterborough sent me a message on FB and said if I wanted to, I could bring the wheel to her house and she could help me out. The next morning, Emily and I drove up there and spent the day with Catherine. It didn't take long before I was at the point of giving up. Then I spied the bag of "good" fiber that had my spindle sitting inside of it. I thought I'd try to spin with it "just to see". The second I got that fiber on the leader yarn, I was spinning like I'd been born with a spinning wheel in my hands (my poor mother). It's thin...not sock yarn or lace weight thin, but thin. It's consistently thin...and the most important thing...it's EASY!

I've spun almost half the bag so far, filling up my bobbin quite nicely. I'll have to do some serious hunting for my camera charger because I really want to take some more pictures of this. The only picture I have is one that Catherine took for me while we were at her house. This is what I started out with :

This is what I have so far:

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