Friday, January 4, 2013
spinning // first attempts
Remember how I told you I bought a spinning wheel in December? Well, I was busy in December with the holidays and finishing my 52 Knits project but today I finally got a chance to start spinning. I'm sooo excited about the endless possibilities spinning has to offer. Just think about a soft cardigan made out of homespun (and handdyed?) yarn...
My mom got me a combed mountain sheep top (it's white... for now. Expect some dying experiments in the near future!) that's super soft and fluffy yet is a rather long fiber - perfect for beginners! :)
My mom showed me some basics but I'm mainly referring to youtube and the book "start spinning" by Maggie Casey (thanks for the recommendation, Julie) to learn. It's been fun so far although my yarn is far from usable - but at least I passed the phase where the yarn breaks every 20 seconds. I'm still working on my tension and the thickness of the yarn. But hey, I have like 800 more grams of fiber to practice :)
ps: I got the green rug from ikea today. My spinning wheel always moved on the hardwood floor so I bought a bath mat to stop it from moving. It's wonderful soft and fluffy and although it's pretty cold in my bedroom I've been spinning with bare feet for the last two hours. Plus it's great for taking pictures of white fibers!