I’ve really got into spinning fiber this summer. It started back in May when the Knitting Knutz, my knitting guild, had a two hour workshop about the basics of spinning which spent a lot of time teaching us how to draft. I practiced a bit after this but not really seriously.
At Sock Summit, I took Abby and Denny’s Basic Spindle Spinning class and that was great. Before even using the spindle we were shown how easy it was to make yarn from fiber:
Denny and Abby are funny together making the class very enjoyable. They showed us how to make fiber using a spindle by wrapping and turning, it was a revelation as it was so easy. We learned how to adapt that technique to use the spin of the spindle. It was very interesting to see the twist in a short piece of spun fiber move up into the unspun fiber making a thread. One of the students near me caught her twist in a whole chunk (technical term here) of fiber and Abby stretched out across the room, the twist traveled up about 6 feet of fiber. It was very impressive and yet, I didn’t even think of taking a picture.
The key point for me getting hooked on spinning was Abby saying that you would be a good spinner after 3 – 6 weeks if you practice daily. As that is how long as it takes me to learn new scientific techniques, so it really stuck as doable.
The photos are from the first week after Sock Summit and now, three weeks later I have got it and can almost relax while spinning. I’ve even did some spinning this afternoon with the Murphy-cat on my lap. I’m not quite confident about drop spinning, I like to park and draft especially if I am using the spindle we got in our class kit (and if the cat is on my lap). I’ve made quite a bit of yarn and I am ready to try plying when I have enough.
I did make some fiber purchases at Sock Summit and I am sure there will be many many more in my future:
I’ve started spinning with this one because I felt with one color I couldn’t really make too many mistakes.
Susan was great at the Sock Summit, very helpful in giving me suggestions of starting yarn and I love the colors in this roving. I was not brave enough to start spinning it two weeks ago but now I wish I had more than two spindles so that I could just try it. Just what I need, another hobby that costs money. Especially as I have already been told by a friend who also knits and spins that I must now need to buy a spinning wheel. What, huh? Sounds good to me.