Trying something new
February 16, 2009
I’ve always been intrigued by spinning. I see the gorgeous handspun that others make and wish that I could make lovely yarn too. I few years back, I participated in a “DIY Kit” Craftster swap. My swap package was a “learn to spin” kit. I opened it, finding parts to make my own wooden drop spindle, a few different colored fiber samples, and instructions. Busy at the time, I put it away thinking that I would try some other time.
Time passed, and the intrigue over handspun has only grown stronger. So strong, in fact, that when I was invited to join the Handspun February flickr group by NotHip (of Neither Hip nor Funky), I knew that this would be the month I try this spinning thing out. I mean, really, what else do I have to do with my time? Write my thesis? Nonsense!
So I built my little wooden drop spindle, a top whorled one, and anxiously tried this out. The past few weeks I’ve read a lot of beginning to spin stuff online and watched a few how-to videos. I thought I could do it immediately.
[Blue yarn is the first try. Didn’t pre-draft or draft enough. Red yarn is the second try. A bit better on the pre-drafting and drafting. I plied those 2 together and felt much better about my attempts. Attempt number 3, the white, is even better — it’s on the spindle in the photo since it’s not finished]
Dang, this spinning thing is HARD. So I tried a few times. Frustrated and teary, I didn’t give up. I’m already starting to see some improvement, albeit small, between the first two yarns and the third one which is still on the spindle.
So now I am determined to get this. Kasy said that next winter he and I can really work on making a wheel, with bike parts of course, and until then I really want to get the drop spindle down. I don’t want to give up and get a wheel thinking it’ll be easier. I want to master this drop spindle! I’m going to make a bottom whorl spindle and see if I have an easier time with that one.
I have a gorgeous braid of fiber that I bought from Stephig of Spinning Colors. The colorway is “Blueberry Roast” and I love it so much. While part of me wants to crack into it right now, I need to save it. I can’t imagine making horrible yarn with it and being happy with myself. I just bought a few single ounces of fiber on etsy and will continue to practice with that, and the samples I still have.
Maybe soon I will spin my Blueberry Roast and make a hat or something.
One day, I really want to spin yarn to knit socks out of. Patience, Andrea. Patience.
Now back to that grad school thing….