After years of avoiding it, I finally did it – I tried spinning! My crafty friend loaned me a selection of her hand spindles, a book, and also a big bag of different types of roving.
Saturday night DH was at a WWII movie night, so I settled in with a Bluprint class on spindling and my supplies. The class I watched, Spindling: From Fluff to Stuff with Dru Pettibone, was OK, though it kind of skimmed on the actual spinning part. There was a good overview of fiber prep, which is more complicated than I would have thought, then just kind of breezed by spinning, then went on to give lots of detail about taking your singles and plying them in various ways, which is also pretty complicated. So I got a good overview, but needed a bit more info on just using the spindle to make singles yarn.
So I took to YouTube! And as you might expect, within minutes I had a lineup of pretty helpful videos. And then I just tried it. It worked! I am not an expert by any means, but by gum – I made yarn!
It’s not a lot of yarn, and what there is isn’t very even, but it is definitely yarn 🙂 I seem to want to spin it really fine, which is partially why there isn’t a huge amount of it. There is definitely a lot of refining I need to do, but like with all physical skills, guided practice make you, if not perfect, better!
From here I plan to keep practicing, and start looking for a spindle of my own. I don’t see this as being a major hobby for me, but it is definitely a good skill to have!
How about you – trying anything new lately?