As mentioned earlier, I’ve really taken to spindle spinning. A couple of months ago I took my first singles and plied them into yarn.
First Yarn, from Sock Summit Learn to Spin Kit
I am not sure what I am going to make with it yet.
I also bought my self a new spindle and have filled it once with the groovy yarn I bought from Susan’s Kitchen.
Groovy Yarn on Schacht Drop Spindle, used as a top whorl (it can be either)
I have the other half of the groovy yarn to finish and Frog Tree Purple Meriboo, also purchased at Sock Summit:
Frog Tree Meriboo
Then I’ll need more fiber. Oh wait, there is the Coopworth Wool Roving, Med. Gray that I purchased with the new spindle. But I need color in my fiber collection.
As recommended by Abby and Denny, ten minutes a day worked to make me a drop spinner. After Sock Summit for about a month it was all I could do to Park and Draft making fairly thick singles at that. One day, when the cat was on my lap and in my way for Park and Draft, I drop spun off to one side without even thinking about it. For another month, I did a mixture of Park and Draft and drop spinning while sitting down. Suddenly I realized that I was preferring to spin standing up. For a while I would make the yarn as thin as possible if not thinner (hence the thick and thin effect in the top photo) and drop the spindle. I now mostly have control over the thickness of my singles and usually catch the spindle before it hits the floor.
I have not worked out how to hold a lot of fiber and spin – I usually pull off a clump and hold it tight in my sweaty hand. I was having difficulty joining in new yarn, but with practice, using smaller clumps, I overcame that challenge.
I succumbed to temptation and purchased Abby’s Respect the Spindle. Good thing as it turned out as I needed it. Abby has exercises to try to improve your spinning techniques. I tried, and mostly succeeded, to spin while dancing or singing. One exercise I have not tried, but I want to, is spinning while higher than standing on the ground, she and her friends did it over a cliff! I thought I would try it from the bed. I would also like to try the paired spinning exercise. Oh well, as there does not seem to be an active spinning community here I’ll just have to teach a friend to spin so I have some one spin with.