8.01.2011

Beginning Spinning

 Hello... How are all my bloggy friends today? I hope you are all well and continuing to be happily creative.
Do you know what this gorgeous thing pictured above is? My very first skein of yarn hand spun by me! Who new that something so simple could make me so completely happy. 
The most amazing thing... This hand spun yumminess was created with this one simple tool. A drop spindle. How totally cool is that!
And then to add to this spinning awesomeness my Tangled Happy Hubby surprised me with this beautiful antique flax wheel for my birthday. Isn't she gorgeous! We seem to be having a bit of a bipolar relationship. One minute this wheel is making me so so happy. And then has me completely frustrated. It took a few days to figure out all her pieces and how they work. But finally she seemed to be moving along quite nicely.
HAPPY! 
And then... Something broke.
SAD! 
So now I will wait patiently while she is being fixed...

Are any of you already spinning? Would you be interested in learning how? I am certainly not an expert but I would be happy to share with you what I've learned so far. 

Wishing you all a happy week!

13 comments:

  1. I really want to try spinning. I inherited 2 wheels from my great aunt maude. I did try it a few years ago but lost patience with it.I wasn't that coordinated and I got too frustrated. But seeing all the beautiful handspun yarn out there I am going to get it out again.

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  2. That's really cool that you can spin yarn yourself!
    By the way, I love reading your blog; I rarely miss a post.
    Caz from Never Knew :)

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  3. I've read your blog for awhile but not sure I've ever commented. I'm a spinner. I have a couple of drop spindles which I love because they travel so easily, and a couple of wheels. I have been spinning for several years and still cannot master the plying. It looks ok, but not great. I haven't spun in months because we are moving, building our own house, and I just haven't had time this summer. But I do still enjoy it and hope to have time this winter to get back into it. Wonderful job, by the way !

    Cindy Bee

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  4. Good morning Sara!

    Not sure if you already know Maggie Ann (@Knitting Kat)and her blog(s) but she does a lot of beautiful needlework including knitting and spinning. Here is one of her posts: http://knittermag.blogspot.com/2011/03/spinning-again.html

    I also noticed she has many links down along her side bar that you might find of interest.

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  5. Oh wow, well done you! It looks like a fab craft to try, maybe I'll add that to my list for the future.

    Crochet with Raymond does a lot of spinning and blogs about it.

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  6. I would LOVE to learn how to spin! How much is the wool that you buy to start spinning?

    Your yarn looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing what you make with it! :)

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  7. I would love to learn how to spin too, I have a drop spindle, but would truly like a wheel...I live in Crete, Greece and it's very difficult to find truly yummy yarn here...and the cost of having it shipped over is daunting...so, the answer, after watching how well Crochet with Raymond is getting on, is doing it myself...I think I would also like to try dying it too...

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  8. Sara, good for you! i am not a spinner, but I would love to hear what you have to say, just in case I want to try to be a spinner.
    Meredith

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  9. Yes, please share! I am no where close to having the ability to spin, but am highly interested in the process. Congrats to you on your first fabulous skein!

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  10. I've thought about trying to spin also! But I need a lesson!!!! Love what you did. Great job, xoRobin❤

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  11. I have definitely been looking into spinning! I have even halfway made my own drop spindle. (I need to find a little eye hook thingy) It looks great. Are you dying your own wool as well? Where are you getting your wool? It seems so darn expensive, especially locally. I told my husband I was going to get an angora rabbit just so I could spin the fleece! :P

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  12. Crochet with RaymondAugust 3, 2011 at 2:14 AM

    Yay!!!!!!!!
    Well done, that first skein is BEAUTIFUL! It is so happy-making isn't it? And wow, your wheel is looooooooooooooooovelery, what an awesome hubby :OD
    I'd love to hear about your spinning because you are having real lessons and I'm not! I'd love some tips!
    XXXXX

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