The Bog of Lost Scholars

April 19, 2011

Spinning

Filed under: Crafts — castiron @ 11:50 pm

Spinning was on my list of things-to-learn-someday, but given an autistic child with an obsession for shredding fluff and a full plate of crafts I’m already interested in, I figured I wasn’t going to learn it until at least 2020.

Then I got a drop spindle for Christmas 2010.

I’ve now been spinning for almost four months. I’ve made ten skeins of yarn, ranging from 17 to 180 yards, and have five more in progress. So far I’ve mostly spun two-ply yarns, though I’ve done one n-plyed sample, and I’m considering doing a four-ply cabled yarn from one top if the singles are compatible.

Spinning is addictive; I really enjoy playing with the fiber and watching it turn into singles. I’m still a beginner; I’m not yet to the point where I can decide that this top should be made into this kind of yarn and actually get the results I want. But that actually makes it easier for me to just spin and see what I get.

I’m not getting nearly as much knitting done as I did before I learned to spin — it’s just as easy if not easier to pick up the spindle as it is to pick up a sock or sleeve — and at some point I want to start using the yarn I made, but for now, I’m enjoying the learning process.

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