Sunday, March 20, 2011

Like spinning on a wheel…

It’s been too long since my last spinning project and I’m not sure why, exactly.  Fortunately, it’s just like riding a bicycle. 

Boy 1 was having “lessons” for a while so a bobbin was tied up with his learning yarn…but I finally decided to take back the wheel.  He helped me pick this roving – remember the BFL I won in novamade’s contest last summer?


I divided it into 3 equal(ish) parts using my scale and began spinning.  I finished the first bobbin and realized I would need to clear some leftover fiber off two bobbins in order to make this 3-ply yarn (I only own 4 bobbins).  After a somewhat frustrating time re-teaching myself to Navajo ply (thank goodness for YouTube), I got this little 17-yard skein:IMG_8568 And I tried my best to Navajo ply Boy 1’s singles, but they were so uneven that it kept breaking.  I got this far (36 g) before just throwing the rest out in a small fit of temper:IMG_8570 Once I cleared the bobbins, I walked away for a day and came back to spin these:IMG_8533 IMG_8535 Ahhhhhh, better.  The singles have been plied now and the finished yarn is drying – I’ll show pictures tomorrow!

And… I’ve decided that it’s time to learn the long draft.  I want to be able to get a fluffier, loftier, woolen-style yarn.  My current (and only) technique is for worsted-style yarn, created without allowing any twist to enter the drafting zone.  It makes denser, drapier yarn.

I read a post on a Ravelry forum that the MDSW catalogs are out – someone got theirs in the mail on Saturday.  Not me, though.  Maybe tomorrow?!??


  1. I'm in awe of your ability to spin. Those bobbins are so colorful and lovely. Can't wait to see it when it all comes together.

    Wish I was going to Maryland Sheep & Wool...(sniff)...

  2. I haven't gotten my MDSW catalog yet either!