Those of you who’ve been reading for awhile know that I’ve begun practicing with a drop spindle. I posted some practice “yarn” this spring, but honestly, I was having a hard time with drafting and getting an even, longer-than-a-millisecond spin with my spindle. Enter Mel of Pipe Dreams and Purling Plans. In September, Mel held a contest in conjunction with fundraising for the Breast Cancer 3Day Walk in DC, and I won the beautiful spindle in the foreground above. This spindle has made all the difference. It spins forever, which has given me the practice I need to figure out how to draft and spin more consistently. I’m considering this my very first yarn — spun from 2 oz of BFL in colorway Sadia from A Verb For Keeping Warm. It is a beautiful, complex gray. Here’s what it looked like when I took it off the spindles:
I then soaked it in a warm water bath, and weighted it as it hung to dry to straighten it out. I waited all day yesterday for it to dry, and last night I wound it into a skein:
And here’s the skein with a dime for scale:
This looks pretty thick-thin, but much of that has to do with switching spindles and making it over the drafting hurdle part of the way through this projct. I’d say most of the yarn is solidly dk weight, and none of it is thicker than a heavy worsted. I’ve begun a new spinning project already, and I can already see my own progress. This is seriously addicting.
Happy New Year! I’ll be back soon with (perhaps) a quick review of my knitting year, and some resolutions for 2009.
I am still at the struggling with the drafting stage myself. Yours looks good!
Congrats! It’s gorgeous.
Oh YAY!! Teri (who made the spindle) will be so pleased to read this!! I am terribly behind, what else is new ;) I am so glad that you are enjoying it and thank you again for your support of my fundraiser. Your BFL looks like Manos! And you ARE progressing quite nicely – I never got really into spindle spinning, but I did give this one a whirl while it was here and think that I too might just need the right spindle! Perhaps Teri can be persuaded to make another or show me how!
You made my day! Mel told me you had posted about the spindle. I was the one who made your spindle (a fledgling project for me, too, as I was just starting out with learning how to make spindles)! I’m really glad to hear it helped make it easier for you to learn to spin– especially since I gave several away for x-mas gifts to complete beginners, and was really hoping they were able to do well with them! Your skein looks gorgeous, just like designer yarn! Happy spinning!