I did some more spinning last night, and I think....I hope....I saw some improvement. As I sat there spinning, I thought about the conjugation of the verb, "to spin," and I played in my mind with the word "span," using it in sentences such as "She sat on the couch and span." I think only oddities like me, who have an interest in language and grammar and other such esoteric things, would sit on the couch spinning and thinking about verb conjugations. Still, it all came out well in the end.
Here, as a reminder, is my first attempt from my class last Tuesday night, now rolled onto a paper tube. I can see I need to start collecting these tubes instead of putting them into recycling all the time!
Now here, is my attempt from last night. Is it better?
The material we were given to work with in this class is a big lump of fiber - I mean, it's processed and it is soft and nice, but it's not a roving. If it were in the form of a roving, I think it would be easier to spin. It's hard to draft evenly because of its bulky nature.
So, given that assumption about my chunk of fiber, I decided to play with the free fiber sample that came with my drop spindle. It has angelina and firestar and viscose in it. That was a completely different spinning experience, and here is the outcome of that. I really rather like it, if I may say so myself.
Yesterday I got my first batt from the fiber of the month club at Split Rock Ranch. I already had some fiber from her shop, and can't say enough great things about her batts. Look at this stuff!! It's absolutely gorgeous! I took this picture in the sun so the black isn't as black as it looks in person - you'll have to trust me on that one!
It is 50% black superwash, 25% black alpaca/silk and 25% cultivated silk. The name of it is "Stained Glass" which is perfect - the silk colors stand out just like looking through a stained glass window. I can't wait to spin this. I must get better at spinning first, but oh, so tempting!