Oh my word! Guess what? Something I never thought would happen has happened. I've spun my first skein of yarn! Well, to be more precise, I spun it yesterday, whilst enjoying a fabulous day in the company of my dear friend Josiekitten. She's been spinning for a little while now and is producing some really gorgeous skeins. I've not been too interested up until now. I am a little bit of a perfectionist (..some would say a BIG bit of one!) and I somehow thought that I would find my early efforts very unsatisfying. However, all that changed yesterday. I LOVED it!
Josiekitten and I usually try to meet up for a 'woolly' day each holiday, but at half-term we couldn't find a day when we were both free. No probs this holiday though. What a lovely day we spent together; catching up on each other's news and knitting projects, drinking tea, eating cake, checking out some newly discovered on-line 'yummy' yarn stores, planning our trip to 'Knit Nation' and..................... spinning!!!!
I have to say , it's quite tricky, but I was content with the knowledge that with the excellent tuition I was receiving, I could see improvement. I produced two 'singles' that then had to be plied together . I think that's right ;-). They look very lumpy and bumpy don't they? Don't forget, I'm a 'newborn'!
Then a quick wind on the 'niddy noddy' and 'hey presto!' .............
.... my first skein of handspun!
It was soaked and hung up to dry overnight, with a weight on the bottom to straighten it out (I think!). Today, I dyed the skein and the little extra 'single' with some 'Kool-Aid'.
Here it is........... again...................... !!!! I'm so, so proud of my little skein of handspun, hand-dyed yarn, that I just have to show that photo one more time....
I'd like.............. I WANT a spinning wheel!!!! I just know I'll love it and improvement will come with practice. That means I now need at least another 4 extra hours in the day, please. Have fun!