June 20, 2008 Leave a comment
Earlier this year, there was a fundraising drive for Ravelry. It was a raffle: donate money and get entered into a drawing to win a fibery prize. Lots of vendors put up prizes, and lots of people donated and signed up. Well, slap my ass and call me Sally, I actually won something. My prize pack from Black Bunny Fibers arrived today!
Beauty, eh? When Carol at Black Bunny asked what I wanted, I told her to surprise me. She agonized over her choices, and I think what she picked is perfect! Now I just need to find some projects that’ll do the yarn justice. Thanks, Carol!
June 18, 2008 Leave a comment
Right. So, over the last couple of months I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at spinning. I went down to Renaissance Yarns during one of their spinning Sundays to see how it’s done. It was really neat, so I asked to try it out, and I did horribly. I couldn’t get the fiber to draft right, it kept getting wrapped around the bobbin wrong, bleh bleh bleh.
I wanted to practice at home, but I couldn’t see my self buying a wheel yet. So I decided to get a drop spindle to learn drafting and how fiber behaves when spun. I ordered a spinning kit from Spunky Eclectic, which came with a Cascade Little Si spindle, a bag of Corriedale handpainted roving, and a bag of handpainted Bluefaced Leicester (BFL). I practiced a bit with the Corriedale, and I did alright. Not great, but alright. I spun a bunch of singles (what you get when you spin roving; you take multiple singles to ply yarn) but it was slow.
Fast forward about a month, and there I am at my mother-in-law’s house. She has this spinning wheel, made by an uncle, and she graciously lets me borrow it. It’s a lovely wheel, all hand-crafted, in excellent working order.
After I got the wheel home, I grabbed the Corriedale that I was using on the drop spindle and spun up some singles. My consistency is all over the place, but I get the hang of it. Eventually I spun enough singles to try plying. I plied two small skeins, soaked them to set the twist, hung them to dry, and voila, something that looks like yarn!
As you can see, it goes thick and thin. I need to practice to get the thickness and spin to be consistent, but I think I’m on my way. The skein in the back was my first atttempt. I did the second skein (front) a little thicker, and the spin is a little better on it too.
I think I might actually like spinning. Yeah, I need another fiber hobby like I need a hole in the head, but what can you do?