My son bought a spindle from the Ashford sales guy at a yarn festival last year and had fun learning to spin with it, inspired by the many spinners nonchalantly wandering about browsing for yarn, chatting and even fishing for cash in their pockets with one hand, while somehow spinning beautiful fine yarn from spindles with the other hand at the same time.
I didn’t have any illusions that I’d be making dinner with one hand and spinning with the other any time soon. But recently a lovely bag of roving hand-dyed in oranges, pinks and greens caught my eye and I thought I’d give it a go…
The roving I started with is on the left, and my first attempt is that tangly-looking stuff on the right (which might be fun for some chunky crochet). The yarn on the spindle is the single ply yarn I was spinning after a few hours’ practice. When it’s taken off and steamed to set the twist it looks like this:
I was so delighted – not to mention quite surprised – that I’ve already spun something I could actually knit with. The gauge ranges a bit from lace to sport weight, but the more I span (spun?) definitely the more even the resulting thread became.
I can appreciate what goes into the whole process of making a woollen garment even more now – although I don’t think I’ll be buying a sheep of my own just yet. I also have to make time to knit something from all this wool I’m gathering.
Don’t forget that if you’d like to take advantage of my Pumpkin Spice Cowl pattern for free it will be up until the end of November.