Tuesday, May 20, 2014
What Do You Do With All of That Wool? Handspinning
If you read my blog then you know I am not a pro at Handspinning, and this will not be a tutorial on how to spin! Just sharing my experience, and what has helped me learn.
Mike bought me a Schacht Spinning Wheel, over 14 years ago. Most of those years it sat in a corner, while I was busy chasing around six children. It occasionally came out, long enough for me to get frustrated, and get pushed back in the corner.
As we all know, those children grow up, and our twins (the babies) are now teenagers.
The Spinning Wheel has been moved out of the corner and has been getting quite a workout this past year.
Learning how to spin has been quite an adventure :) I have had to use several resources to get me going.
I took a handspinning lesson at a Fiber Festival which was a great start.
I would have loved to take weekly lessons, but that was not an option in my area. I have had to use other resources.
Books There are many books out there on spinning.
I purchased a book, that I am always pulling out for reference, Teach Yourself Visually-Handspinning by Judith MacKenzie McCuin
There is a series on Knit Picks that was very helpful
I also browse youtube and have found several helpful videos as well. Just yesterday, I found a video and while watching it, had an A-Ha, moment. Something that had not been shown, in all of the other videos before. Fiber Artist all have their own style, and watching and trying different things, help you find your own.
It has taken me a while to pick up this whole handspinning thing, but I am finally at a point, where I feel like I know what I am doing. I have spun, plied and finished handspun yarn.
I love the Romney Roving that we processed, and it has been enjoyable to spin.
I have more than enough roving, to make the yarn for a big knitting project, a sweater, perhaps. Might as well think big! :)