Saturday, January 26, 2008

My Very First

It's truly awful, but I'm pretty proud of it. It's my very first ball of hand spun yarn.

I did it on a drop spindle and I think I need a bit more practice. It's totally uneven and kind of fuzzy. I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be fuzzy. It's also badly overspun in,, let's just say.... several...places (okay, most of it). But I'm happy because as bad as it is, it's all mine. I'm going to put it in a little baggy and write the date on it and save it. This way, someday far in the future, when I'm hopefully better at this and I'm trying to do something that's totally kicking my behind, I can pull this out and say, "Well, at least its not as bad as this."

My goal is to master the drop spindle and attempt to produce something that I might actually be able to knit something with (this isn't it) before I jump in and get myself a spinning wheel.

I was thinking of something like the classic "Sleeping Beauty" type spinning wheel, but having tried Kelly's wheel at our Sunday afternoon knitting meetup, I think that for the amount of space I have, a more compact portable wheel may be a better choice.

Speaking of which, there was some discussion last week that Panera should be paying us to come in there every week. Between the knitting and the chatting and the spinning wheels we were the main attraction in the place last week.


teabird said...

Don't listen to her.... the yarn looks great!

LICraftgal said...

Jen, your yarn is beautiful!!! And yes its supposed to be fuzzy, its coopworth. I thought the same thing when I first spun that up. Some things are fuzzier than others. Your handspun is great for a first try.

Qutecowgirl said...

Yeah You Have Yarn!!!! Time to do the happy dance.