June 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Posted in learning | Leave a comment
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Ok.  I thought I was getting better at spinning.  But I just made a HUGE MESS trying to ply some yarn I spun with another yarn.  I think I was going backwards or something…

More practice is needed!  Much more practice!


and spin again

June 2, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Posted in learning, selling, yarn stash | Leave a comment
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I played with my spinning wheel again this afternoon.  A small skein of really wonky superwash wool in blue and green is now hanging in the bathtub after having been rinsed in warm water to set the twist.  I’ll post pictures when it’s dry.  I am excited to make something out of it, even though it’s so very wonky and wobbly and overtwisted.  I need to learn how to spin the wheel a little slower.  But I am starting to be less frustrated.  Actually, I’m having fun!  So, yay, progress!

Also today I finally wound some yarn that I dyed a really long time ago into a tidy skein and listed it on etsy:

yarn 015


April 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Posted in learning | Leave a comment
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I have a confession to make:  I haven’t been using my spinning wheel at all.  I was so excited to get one, you’d think I’d be chaining myself to the thing, but instead I keep putting it off.  I think it’s because spinning is a lot harder than I thought it would be, so I feel a little intimidated.  But I’ll never learn if I never practice!

useful information

December 30, 2008 at 12:48 am | Posted in learning | Comments Off on useful information
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I have been playing with my drop spindle this evening. I hadn’t used it in a while, but I got some roving for christmas, which inspired me. First I spun a little clump of roving in a color I didn’t really like, for practice. It was sort of a tan/brown color that didn’t look good with any of the other colors of roving. But it was still fun to spin! Then I tied it into a little skein and dragged the crockpot out of the closet and now I’m dyeing it green! Then I started spinning some of the other roving. I combined a red clump with an orange clump and part of a dark green clump, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting the hang of this spinning thing. The second collection of colors looks quite festive, and I can’t wait to see it all twisted up in a skein, and S said that she’d probably like to knit something with it. Yay!

So, anyway, I wanted to post this blog entry to share a useful link. With handspun yarn, the next step after spinning is to set the twist. This blog has a nice detailed set of instructions that helped refresh my memory on how and why to do that. Here’s the link:

Sheep and Wool

September 7, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in learning | 3 Comments
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Yesterday, my friend L and I went to the Vermont Sheep and Wool festival.  It was quite fun!  We got to see alpacas, llamas, angora rabbits, goats, and (of course) many sheep, including ones with curly horns, and little ones bleating pitifully while being shorn.  We held some of the bunnies, and took pictures of ourselves.

There were also lots of vendors with every fiber-related product and supply you could think of.  It was raining outside, so it got a little steamy-humid inside the convention buildings, but it wasn’t too bad.  And there was so much to look at!  L and I got to have a little lesson on how to use a spinning wheel, but neither of us had much success.  I kept managing to make my wheel turn the wrong way, which tangled my infant yarn all up, and L’s yarn kept breaking.  We enjoyed ourselves, though.  Then we decided that maybe drop spindles would be easier to start learning on, so we each bought one, plus some roving in various pretty colors.  And then when we got home last night, we gave it a go, with the help of some youtube instructional videos.  It was a little hard at first, but eventually we both got the hang of it.  I’ll write another blog post with pictures of my learning yarn as soon as I charge my camera batteries.

I sort of wish I could keep a sheep in my front yard.  There were some really cute ones for sale there with a big sign next to them about how they would normally cost you 300 dollars, but their festival price was only 100 dollars.  They ran away from me when I tried to pet them, though.

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