My adventures in the world of handspinning

Thursday, May 28, 2015

First steps

The next exciting part of my spinning journey is, of course, learning to how to spin!
A bit scary though, the land of the unknown, so I watched some youtube videos and Craftsy classes and learnt so much... and discovered how much there is to learn about spinning; there is grafting, s- and z-twist, plying, not to mention roving, comb top, sliver, draw, fold and much more!! Now I was even more concerned about my ability to master this craft!!
In Foundations of Spinning, Amy suggested some spinning games, one of which was to practise with yarn that is already spun, pretending to spin but basically just treadling and feeding it through onto the bobbbin.
About the time that I watched this class, I came across this 'cushion cover' that never was... I started crocheting it years ago but it got way out of shape and I never did anything more with it.
I decided to unwind it onto a bobbin, which does seem kinda backward but it felt like I was doing something worthwhile!
The extra special thing (to me) about this wool is that it is the same yarn used by my hubbie's grandmother to knit baby blankets for us when we were expecting our first baby - he was born nearly 29 years ago :-) After Nana had given them to us and she'd told us where she'd got the wool from I hunted some out. It seemed like the closest thing to 'homespun' wool that I'd ever come across at that stage - it came on hanks and it SMELT like sheep - it also had that lovely lanolin feel to it!! We got it from a local Emporium so I have no idea of its history, but it was a good price - another bonus. It's a fairly coarse wool but strong and has washed up nicely; and survived at least 4 babies (not all mine!) and years of storage.
The original, and inspiring, blankets.
Made by Nana Hilda Williams, 1986.
Any way back to the wayward crocheted cushion. Here it is (below), just about all 'spun'. I got 4 bobbins off it, that's a lot of wool by my reckoning!

Looks impressive doesn't it, if only this was proper handspun (by me) wool!
What was really exciting was that something happened with the last bobbin...all of a sudden it seemed to flow really nicely and I felt like I got into a really good rhythm...with some fibre arriving soon in the post, I felt like maybe I was ready to start doing the real thing!
But that of course, is another story!
Thank you for reading along,
Raewyn, a spinningfarmgirl.

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to practise. I'm teaching myself how to spindle. It's a lot of fun.

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