Last night was my first class in learning how to spin. I am taking a 4-week class, 2 hours every Tuesday evening, on learning to spin my own yarn. Next week, we learn some processing techniques, including carding and flicking, as well as have a try on a wheel. But last night, we learned drop spindle techniques, and importantly, how to draft.
I draft patents for a living, but that's nothing compared to this! Drafting is difficult, and definitely an art. Slowly, so slowly, I learned a little. Happily, I had great fun doing it.
Here is the raw fiber we were given to learn with, and my result. Yes, it took me about an hour to do that little bit of wool. I can hear you snickering from here... I'm just a beginner!
The drop spindle is lovely and works well. I'm so glad I bought it. The other ones in the class were using spindles with a wood rod and a plastic round part, and that just wasn't as nice, if you ask me. I am itching to use my new batts, because I can tell they will be easier to draft than using the fiber we have that hasn't been made into batts, but that will come with time. Of course, I used my super llama bag from Sugar Creek Stuff to carry my supplies!
In the meantime, you super spinners out there can all tell me what I'm doing wrong from looking at my little sample. I do know that I had some overtwisting, but our teacher said that's normal for beginners. Whew! Glad I'm not the only one!
Kelly had to plow out the driveway again this morning. He's such a champion of the tractor!
Stay warm everyone!