Friday, May 30, 2008

Adventures in handspinning

I couldn't wait 'til the clock hit 4:00 today so I could zoom over to Knitch. Melissa brought her Kromski Sonata for me to to play with. This wheel is very easy to set up, and I was spinning in no time at all. (not well, but spinning none the less) I can see that this is going to be much like knitting in the fact that the more you practice, the better you get, and if I'm going to practice, I need a wheel. I think I'm going to have to have someone hold my credit cards for me because I'm pretty much sold on the Sonata. It's taking every ounce of self-control I have, (which ain't much), not to just go ahead and order one tonight. The only thing keeping me from it is the anticipation of going to my first handspinners guild meeting tomorrow! (I'm so excited! I hope I'm not too big a pest! I'll try to behave.)

In the mean time, to satisfy my lust for handspun yarn, I ordered two skeins from baba black sheep yarns on Etsy. Here's a photo of it next to the yarn I spun tonight. See if you can guess which is which.

(I know it's hard to tell, but the ones on the left are mine.)

I want to spin yarn like the skeins on the right!!!!!

It is so soft and luscious and plump and EVEN and (did I say soft?), and beautiful! I am determined that some day, in the not too distant future, I too will be spinning yarn like baba black sheep!


Pixiepurls said...

first off, plying and knitting can mask any sort of bad singles, you would be suprised how "sloppy" spun looks knit up, often fantastic. second off, you will very soon be spinning better.. it's like riding a bike, you get more confident each time and better each time! You'll be poppin wheelies in no time!

Hockey Mom said...

DUDE! You're sitting with me!

Jane said...

Ah, you can try my Joy! See you tomorrow.

Claudia said...

Oh man - you'll start spinning and I am miles away. I wish I would have known that and you could have borrowed Esmeralda (my Lendrum) for 10 weeks to play around. Welcome to the dark side, honey!!! I remember when I used to say that I would never start spinning (about two years ago) and now I have a big roving stash etc. BEWARE!!! ;-)

kewpiedoll99 said...

OOOOH famoussteve ... i can't tell you how flattered i was to see my yarns show up in pictures on your blog (which i love, btw)! thank you for the shout out! i'm sure you'll be spinning wonderfully in no time - i only got my first wheel this past christmas, so it's possible to become passable in a short amount of time, especially if you become obsessed. now that i've caught the bug i'm reading blogs by lifelong spinners and realizing how much there is to learn. but that's what life's for, right? thanks again, and keep on spinning!