Lady with the spinning head part 2

Thought it was time to come back to my 2012 plan to learn to spin. I worked with the drop spindle on and off ( mostly off) throughout last winter, and basically set it aside when summer hit. Fast forward to now, and the lovely Baynes spinning wheel my kind brother-in-law has lent me. It’s a dual pedal model – pretty snazzy 🙂
So to start, I got it all set up in front of my favorite Amish hickory rocker in front of the fireplace, brewed a tasty cup of pumpkin spice coffee from my sister’s coffee shop, and got to work. An hour later, I had an empty cup of coffee, a small pile of broken off pieces of alpaca roving, and an enormous sense of frustration. Then I sent an SOS call for help, disguised as a dinner invitation, to my brother-in-law and his wife.
We bribed them with steak and Zuppa Toscana and then got some serious help with my spinning. It seems that in order to spin the fiber, one must thread it onto the bobbin in the direction opposite of what I had been doing. Don’t ask, I have no idea what I was thinking…. Ah ha!

It also seems that alpaca is a mighty lofty spinning goal, and I am much better off getting started with some good old fashioned handwashed and carded wool (thanks again to awesome inlaws).

The deep soft brown is alpaca from Cardinal Acre Alpacas, and the lighter handcrafted wool is from Lauridell Acres.

So back to work I go- spinning away… Lo and behold: it is yarn!! I am making yarn!!!

I won’t be knitting any sweaters from my handspun yarn anytime soon- but I am feeling pretty good nonetheless for sticking with the idea of learning to spin and not letting it remain a craft that seemed too mysterious and difficult to try. The kids are fascinated as they watch the process, and probably the best possible outcome would be for one of them to master the art of spinning and carry it on into their generation.


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