Wednesday, December 24, 2008

1st Skein

Well, I have finished my first skein of handspun yarn! You can see there are thick and thin spots but I am working on being more consistent with the next batch. This is just 1/4 of the roving and spun up to 32.5 yards. I don't know how many WPI it is but that would vary with the thick and thin bits. Overall I'm happy but I'm going to spin up the rest and see how it goes. I still need to do the spin and park method for now, can't seem to get the hang of letting it spin while drafting. I'm sure that will come with time. I really do think a spinning wheel is in my future though. I will continue to research that as they are very expensive.

Monday, December 22, 2008

My First Spinning Project

I've had this spindle and roving for about 3 years I think but got frustrated right in the beginning and gave it up. But since I have gotten more and more into knitting I really wanted to get more creative. Nothing seems more relaxing to me than spinning. So this is my start. I want to get comfortable with the hand spindle first before investing in a spinning wheel. So this is my first attempt. The first picture is the roving that I ordered from eBay and I don't know what type of wool this is.The next ones are of the spindle with partially spun yarn on it. Its thicker than I wanted but seems to be pretty even. I think I need to draft a little more before spinning. I plan to use this blog to document my progress with spinning and then knitting items from my handspun yarn. I doubt very many people will see this but you just never know.