Monday, November 17, 2008

You Spin Me Right Round Baby Right Round

I went to the Guild meeting this month where Susan Gibbs from the Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm was our speaker. She gave a great talk with ridiculously cute animal photos. The title of her talk was "Why Knitting Matters Now" and she gave me my new favorite quote, "When the revolution comes, I'll be warm". And before you get all crazed that she is advocating a revolt. relax. What she was talking about was in this time of economic upheaval there is something about being able to fulfill a basic need by yourself.

So in that vein I am even more prepared because I can make yarn!!!

My sister gave me some drop spindles that she had (I had no idea that she had once dabbled in spinning). At Rhinebeck I picked up some beautiful roving and Jenny was going to teach me how to use my spindle. Only it turns out my spindle is a bottom whorl and Jenny had only ever used a top whorl and we had some difficulties. (Insert your own dirty top vs bottom jokes here - we sure as hell did). So I decided to take a lesson with an expert and went to see Lucy at
Mind's Eye Yarns.

So check it out--- my first handspun!! And a new addiction was born.

Alpaca Roving

My First Handspun



Sara Kirby said...

Your handspun looks great! I always come back from the MD Sheep and Wool Festival thinking that I'm going to make spinning my new obsession. I buy a new spindle each year and roving. Then I come home, try spinning and dropping the spindle several times before I give up the dream. Congrats on your conquer!

Rachael Rabbit said...

Wow - I'm really impressed. I really want to try making my own yarn - is it hard?