Saturday, November 24, 2007

Look, I'm Spinning!

This is my first skein of hand-spun yarn! I am using a top-whorl spindle, and having a great time.
I won a book from Wiley Publishing as part of the Charmed Knits KAL, and chose "Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning." Then I got got 8 oz of roving at the TKGA weekend in Manchester, NH, and ordered a spindle from E-bay. A couple of weeks ago, I realized that learning from a book is possible, but there had to be an easier way, so I went to Mind's Eye Yarn in Porter Sq. (Cambridge, MA) and had a spinning lesson from Lucy Lee. What a difference!
My plan is to spin all this yarn and then knit myself a hat and mittens, and maybe a scarf from the yarn. Maybe for this winter, and if not, there's always next winter. After all, I live in New England.


aj proptart said...

Oh, wow! I've always wanted to learn to spin, but tried to stay away from it lest I develop a new fiber obsession... Except now seeing your spinning has convinced me I need to try it!

knittingfairy said...

Your yarn looks amazing. My first attempt at using a drop spindle was a disaster. I can't wait to see what you knit up with it!