Spinning Improvements

I’m getting better!  I actually managed plying, washing and making a skein.  I am making spinning improvements.  I’m really enjoying my Craftsy class.

I used a combination of wool roving I got from the SAFONA fiber festival.  I used Shetland (so far my favorite to work with) Jacob, Portuguese, and Blue Face Leicester Bottom roving.  All are nice to work with, and I wish I had bought more.  These wools came in a sampler pack.  I am also finding out that an ounce of roving can go a long way.

I’m still using my top whorl spindle, but I had a Turkish spindle that I bought a while back.  I’m using that now, too. 

 Here, I am using the Shetland roving on the top whorl spindle. My yarn is getting more consistent.

On the Turkish spindle, I am using the Jacob roving.  I like it, but it’s not my favorite, but it makes for good practice with the Turkish spindle.

On a sadder note, the knitting community lost Knit Purl Gurl today.  She suddenly past away.  Her blog and podcasts had a huge following and she contributed so much to knitting and fiber arts.  She will be dearly missed.

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My First and Second Handspun

I’ve been working through Craftsy’s Spindling:  From Fluff to Stuff  class.  It’s interesting!  I’ve been wanting to spin my own yarn for a while now, and a drop spindle seemed like a good place to start, as is this class.  After a few attempts, I got this tangled mess in Exhibit A, my first handspun.

Exhibit A

 It looks bad, but a product from a skill usually doesn’t the first time around, right?  It looks yucky. I put my spindle down and picked it up again a day later, and got a little better, as shown in Exhibit B, my second handspun.

Exhibit B

My yarn is a little more even this time.  It’s encouraging to improve through practice, which is what drop spindling is a lot about.  I will keep on going through the class and practicing. 

Weekend of Fiber Goodness

No, no, I’m not talking bran here.  I’m talking wool, in various forms.

I was fortunate to have a long weekend, meaning I had Monday off for Columbus Day.  It was fantastic.  First, most of what was stressing me out?  I got done by Sunday morning.  I had a lot of time then to do what I wanted to do! (See, I sweat the small stuff too much.)

 Sunday, I decided to get out my drop spindles and give then a whirl. (hehe).  I think I have the basics down.  I don’t have any workable yarn yet, but it is going to take practice.  I earned a free class on Craftsy.com, and elected to take their spindling class.  It’s interesting.  It will be fun to work through it.

Monday, I decided to needle felt magnets for my craft show, just as little cute things for people to buy.  I got so into felting the little flower here that I almost missed an appointment.  Luckily, I looked up at the clock with JUST enough time to get there.  I zipped out the door.

All I did for magnets was cut them into strips and used fabric glue to adhere it to the felt.  It seems to work pretty well, if you were wondering.  And the felting, I did that free hand.  It looks like it was free hand, but I don’t think it’s too bad.

In all of this other fiber-y fun, I got two scarves knit.  It was heaven.  I need a diverse fiber weekend more often.