Sanity – why have you forsaken me?
So, today was my first spinning class. I have wanted to learn to spin my own thread/yarn for a long time because I am a self-sufficiency type of gal. Self-sufficiency also means being able to provide for your own clothing needs. I wanted to know everything about creating clothes, right from raising the sheep and goats for the wool through weaving/knitting the fabric. It has taken me this long to come to terms with the fact that I may not have my own sheep for a (long) while so instead of learning clothing production from the beginning to end, I would work back from the end to the beginning.
Hence my first spinning class.
I liked it, but I really need to practice it so that my hands learn what to do without having to give it sooooo much concentration. At $50 per hour, that was going to get really expensive really quickly, and my teacher – who owns Countrywool – gave me an offer I could not refuse – purchase the wheel and my class and roving were free. As the wheel was already marked down, I couldn’t pass it up.
And Linda Lou came home.
She’s an Ashford Traditional – which is a common and basic spinning wheel. It is not the wheel I would bring to shows to demonstrate on – too modern in lines. But it is the Saxony style of wheel which I wanted. And she is light and easy to carry around.
She also came with a bag of colored mohair fleece, a bag of undyed mohair roving, and a bag with 2 bundles of Romney wool – great due to its long fiber length for beginning spinners.
I also picked up a book.
So now starts a new crafty adventure. My sister is going to learn how to spin on a drop spindle. We will see where this all brings us.