Thursday, October 18, 2007

Ready to Spin

Okay, I'm ready to learn this spinning business. One of the SIFAC members makes spindles, so I had to buy one. Another SIFAC member brought in a huge bag of merino roving from a festival in Michigan, and let us each pick some colors - of course, I was immediately drawn to the blue/green/purple colors. Before I start spinning those little lovelies, I have to get the basic spinning down - I found a bag of merino roving to practice with at The Yarn Shoppe in Herrin.


Blogger kshotz said...

Yeah Anne! Let me know how it goes! I've been enjoying my spinning. I'm trying to get enough done to ply two colors together. We'll see!

Kim in IA

October 23, 2007 7:35 PM  
Blogger Cherizac said...

Hi Anne! I followed your link over from The Cauldron of Crafts. I'm a spinner and love to enable new people, so if you have a question, feel free to contact me.

The biggest piece of advice I can give to people learning is to draft, draft, draft, draft. When you're learning especially, you want it drafted so thin you can see through it easily. Draft, spin, park, draft some more. You'll be addicted in no time. Welcome to it!

February 17, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger moonsib said...

Thanks so much, I need all the help I can get! I found out merino is not good for learning - too short - so I got some Corriedale, which looks more promising. I also got a pound of BlueFace Leicester to dye and spin once I get the hang of this. I'm trying hard to learn the drafting bit, and how to keep the spindle from flying off to the far side of the room...I WILL learn this!

February 18, 2008 10:58 AM  
Blogger Cherizac said...

Some say Merino is hard to learn on; but I find everyone is individual and what works for one may not for another. Personally, I love merino, and it's the first thing I could spin well. But a lot of people find corrie better; the only thing that is sure to work is PRACTICE!

Drafting feels weird at first; but now I love it. Feeling the fibers slide past each other and learning where to stop just before it breaks is fun! Don't expect too much of yourself while starting; your first spindle full will likely be horrible looking to you. Thick and thin, totally uneven, falling apart in places. This is to be expected! Don't give up! You'll get it with practice.

February 18, 2008 11:38 AM  

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