In a spin

spindle and roving

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:

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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.

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  1. I arrived at your blog from Hilary’s Lemon Loves post about the Liebster Award. Congrats on receiving it. I can see why she nominated your blog.

    Your yarn looks lovely. Do you love spinning on a drop spindle? I learned to spin on a home-made drop spindle and loved it, though I was spinning home-washed wool instead of roving. I suspect it’s a bit more difficult with roving because it’s so much cleaner. There’s a peace and rhythm and comfort about drop spinning. I was weaving at the time but have never tried knitting or crocheting with my own yarn. I think one would feel very self-reliant. Your dyed wools look lovely, too.

    Nancy from joy for grace

    • Hello Nancy – so lovely to meet you. I do love the drop spindle – I’m an absolute beginner but I think it’s completely addictive! I need to get hold of more ‘stuff’ to spin very soon…

      I’m thrilled about this award idea and am looking forward to popping over to your blog as well.

      Have a great weekend!

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