I have watched others at their spinning wheels, wistfully, thinking it was somehow beyond me.
It ranked right up there next to learning to drive or to ride a bike.
Interesting that I have struggled to comprehend The Wheel in several formats!
|Norwegian wool / bamboo mix|
I still cannot ride a bicycle.
I tried spinning with a drop spindle and... dropped it.
My son was a better drop-spindler than me, and in his first encounter produced a length of usable yarn.
|Mixed Jacob, lightly overdyed with blue and yellow|
But recently I have been seeing lots of podcasters using a Turkish Spindle and they made it look so easy. The process made sense - I could see where the yarn was coming from and how to wind it into a centre-pull ball as it appeared. It was even possible to ply together two lengths of single-spun to make recognisable, functional knitting wool!
So I bought a Turkish Spindle (from Kerry Spindles in Bridlington, via Etsy)
And I bought some fibre (from Fondant Fibre, also in the UK).
Oh I know it's a bit thick and lumpy and there isn't very much of it, but I MADE 2-ply YARN!
I used the sample fibre which I was sent with my Fondant Fibre order. It is merino and nylon sparkle (in the colour Glam Rock if you fancy some from her shop).
I followed a video tutorial by Delusional Knitter to get myself started.
I am so excited!
If I can do this in one evening, with regular practice I should soon be able to knit my own handspun wool - imagine that?!
Just don't let me start looking at spinning wheels... not yet, anyway!