Thank you everyone for you comments on yesterday's post on Cutaway. Funny the ideas that come to you while you’re having a martini! Don't you just love film noir? I appreciate your appreciation. Thank you again.
As much time as possible was spent at the spinning wheel this weekend (which wasn't quite enough time to suit me). With two bobbins full of spun singles, and with a bit too much hubris, my mind was made up to give plying a try. After quickly consulting a book, I loaded up the plying head and began to treadle. At first all seemed to go well, but in the end it was harder to do than patting my head and rubbing my tummy. In fact, it was a down right horrible experience! I'll spare you the details, but suffice it to say that it was only with determination,continued hubris, and a pinch of 'all show you' thrown in for good measure, that the bobbins were emptied. Let my introduce my first skein of wheel spun yarn, aptly renamed, Craptasitc.
It is far, far from perfect and isn't even good yarn, but it makes me smile. It looks funky and it even might be fun to knit. Susan said it had moments of brilliance and one friend, who knits only sporadically, said she'd love to knit with it. The plan is to make Susan's Live Dangerously Hat, so I can show off my first skein of
The day after this near fiasco, I decided to get back on the horse that thew me, and in a more peaceful frame of mind, sat at the wheel again. A basket full of predrafted red roving (sent by YA pal Michelle) was ready to go, so I began anew. I let the process flow through me and enjoyed it for the simple process it was, not caring if the yarn was thick or thin. Oft times found the yarn had long lengths of consistency and it was no time at all until the bobbin was full and the basket was empty. What a delicious feeling. Another bobbin should be filled this week and plying will be approached with a lot more information and a little more humility.
Don't let anyone tell you that if you can spindle spin, you can spin on a wheel. If that was true then every wheel spinner would also enjoy spindling. That just isn't true. So much more goes on with a wheel, including the mechanics that need to be adjusted to every spinner and their ability. It is a learning process far different than that of spindle spinning.
Spindling has been a joy for me and because I was curious about the Stefania Corriadale/silk that was in process on my Golding, I plied up what was spun. The skein was a tiny bit overspun in the plying, but the skein helped me see what the yarn will look like and what it should be when knit. It must be a shawl and I'll spin it up to see how much yardage there will be.