Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spinning, rank beginner style

The weather yesterday was beautiful, so I took my spinning wheel outside, set up under the crabapple tree, and made this:


I bought this beautiful fiber last year and, as is my way, I started spinning it immediately. I am, I should mention, a self-taught spinner, and this luscious fiber is a mix of wool and silk, which turned out to be more than I could handle at the time. The silk seemed to make things both sticky and slippery at the same time, and I quickly grew completely frustrated by the process, so it sat, half-finished, for months. It hung from the wheel getting dusty and I was consumed by guilt until finally, last week, I got my mojo back.

I know it isn’t much to look at, because I don’t know anything at all about spinning, and I’m usually just happy with any result that looks like yarn.


It turned out reasonably balanced (which I think means it doesn’t have more twist in the spun singles than in the plying, and will hang straight down if you undo the skein) but I really couldn’t spin this with any consistency, so I have had to be content with the fact that this is one of those “thick ‘n thin” yarns I never know what to do with. Luckily, it looks pretty gorgeous just like that.


  1. You never cease to amaze me. Really. You do. Who does this? Spinning your own yarn? Man. You are TOO COOL. Geez. Not that I could ever even attempt to do such a thing, or even pretend to have the slightest dash of patience to try...but HOW COOL!!!!

  2. Thank you, honey. You're so good to me. :)