Thursday, March 27, 2008

My New Toy

I just purchased my first drop spindle. It's an Ashford. I also purchased some Cherryrove Hand Painted Roving.

I am fiddling with it tonight. I don't have pictures as I am too busy messing up my 'hand spun yarn'. I'm a bit embarassed bout how it looks. I want some sock yarn and am winding up with chunky. I promise I'll have pictures later. I just want to practice a bit more before showing you. After all, would you step out of the dressing room wearing the first thing off the rack?

Please feel free to give me any suggestions. The LYS doesn't offer classes or anything like that. I asked if anyone teaches it and one person knows how, but doesn't spin. I want to learn from someone who has something in mind and makes it look that way (outside of their mind).

Should my yarn be twisting on itself when it's relaxed? I'm thinking no. I could be wrong. I think I'll be going to the library tomorrow and laugh at their limited selection of 'how to' books on this particular subject.

I have it in my mind that I need to fashion an niddy-noddy (sp?) at the hardware store so I can rinse and set the twist. Again...suggestion?

ALSO, my fingers are the color of the dye. Argh! I'm going natural colors next time...

1 comment:

Tonyia said...

Nice yarn!! It's so much better than my first yarn.

I bought a spindle and tried to teach myself. It was AWFUL!

I took a community ed class, and than it suddenly made more sense.

YOU are doing fabulous! Way ahead of most spinners first yarns! (You know you are s'posed to keep this yarn forever, to demonstrate how far you've really come...)

As far as niddy noddys - my husband made me a PVC niddy noddy, and I've used it for almost six years. I've got two pieces I can interchange for a one yard and a two yard skein. There are lots of links on the net - you've probably found them all by now.

Yes, your yarn will twist back on itself if you let it. That will give you an idea of how it will look plyed.

Watch out for this spinning! It's addicting!

If you have questions, I'd be happy to try to answer them.