Spinning Update

29 Nov

The spinning class went well….I think. It’s hard to tell if I’m making progress or just making bad yarn faster. But I can tell you that it’s lots of fun. And I’m going to need more fiber, fast.

The instructor let me borrow the wheel I liked the best. It’s an Ashford Traveler and it’s awesome.

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I also tried a portable Ashford wheel but didn’t love it.

I’m spinning Shetland wool and it looks good on the bobbin.

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However, it’s got thick and thin spots. I’m trying not to be Ms. Perfectionist and trying to remember that it’s only the first day. But that’s hard.

I’ve learned that I need to relax. The fiber stops fighting you when you stop fighting it. I’ve learned that Shetland is easier to spin than the Blue-faced Leicester that I bought on eBay. The BFL makes some really good rope, but I can’t seem to get it nice and thin like I want. I haven’t tried any other fibers yet. If Shetland is the easiest, then I will spin Shetland til I get the hang of it. I haven’t plied yet. That’s the next class. Or tomorrow depending on how brave I get to try it on my own. Finally, I’ve learned that the wheel I’m using now is a Cadillac compared to my homemade wheel! I find that if I’m not fighting the fiber AND the wheel, I can concentrate on even tension and breathing. Breathing is good….

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2 Responses to “Spinning Update”

  1. Three Cedars Irish Dexters November 29, 2014 at 9:05 PM #

    Hang in there! I’d love to see how you progress. Kinda envious. I have always wanted to learn how to spin! Best of good luck!

  2. bsburgess November 30, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

    Cool!

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