Thursday, December 06, 2007

Aptly Named

My little present to myself arrived today, and I couldn't wait to open it up and experiment a little. Because really, could you open up a package containing 8 oz. of beautiful natural fiber and a spindle decorated with sheep this cute and not play with it?

I soon figured out why it's called a drop spindle. The first time I tried to let it spin? THUNK. By the third go, I managed to get something resembling yarn (and I use the term loosely). Only about half of the section of fiber I was using really twisted and I couldn't seem to get the second half to thin out, so I ripped it off and let the section twist onto itself. Here's what I got:

I think I need a proper lesson in spindle spinning (or just plain spinning, period) before I waste any more of this fiber. Anyone know of a good spinning teacher in the Pittsburgh area?

I am pretty far behind on my holiday knitting, and it looks like I'll be needing every bit of Saturday to finish in time. The second sock for my dad is at least into the foot, but I've got a good 5 or 6 inches of foot and a toe to go, and I'm still only on the fourth skein (of five) of my mom's scarf. I hope you'll understand my cutting this post a little short -- and I hope I'll be able to post with not one but two FOs next time!

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Looks like you're not drawing the fleece out enough before attempting to spin, hence winding up (no pun intended!) with a fat yarn.

Jenn said...

Hey, you made cord!

Yvonne said...

So cool!! Nora is an excellent spinning teacher. She taught me! I would be happy to share my knowledge, but right now, my knowledge is limited to just the spinning...I don't know how to ply (yet) -- that is Lesson 2. If you're not intimidated by spinning in public, we can meet at a Panera (Allison Park? Halfway between Butler & Pittsburgh...!) Let me know!!!

Rebecca said...

I see why you couldn't resist giving the little sheep a spin! If you start spinning we will loose you forever..............

DPUTiger said...

You spinners and your toys :) Glad you're having fun!

The_Add_Knitter said...

I know zilch about spinning, but will look forward to seeing you progress in your new hobby!:)

Angie said...

Lovely spindle! There are numerous web reference sources, some with videos. Good luck with your spinning! I'm sure you will get the hang of it.

LaLa said...

There's some great guilds in the PGH area. The Washington Spinners and Weavers is a great one. Bloomin yarns also has someone who works there (Janice) that knows how to spin. I'm not sure if they're going to be offering spinning lessons or not. I hope that helps!

Jen said...

Yaaay, spinning!

Try this site, if you haven't already seen it: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/HowToDropspin.shtml