Spinning – Getting A Little Excited


It started like this.

A 7.6 oz. ball of naturally dyed Shetland and Alpaca roving I picked up from Handspun by Stefania at Rhinebeck.  The blue is dyed with Indigo and the Brown is dyed using Madder.

Listening to my spinning teacher Claudia, I pre-drafted part of the ball so that I would not have to divide my concentration so much when spinning it.

It was not fully drafted but enough to make it easier to work with when I was at the wheel.

I have committed to learning how to do this, so on Saturdays when Claudia does not have a workshop at Countrywool, she hosts a 3 hour sit and spin at the shop from 12-3 and I go.  I went this Saturday with my pre-drafted roving and spun.

and made this.

Hopefully this is showing how thin I was able to get the thread – which is what I wanted.  (The photo missed focused and then the batteries died so I could not reshoot the last photo – sigh)  I still have alot of roving left to spin another bobbin and then hopefully do better at plying.  I may not be at my sister’s level, but I am getting better – and I’m excited!

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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2 Responses to Spinning – Getting A Little Excited

  1. danielle says:

    Oh that looks GREAT! What a difference from your first bobbinful! And the colors look so good together.

  2. Shelly R. says:

    It really did come out soooooo much better. There are variations in thickness but not anywhere near as large. I was also able to keep a steady treadle going – very few stops – so I am just giggly with this one. If I have enough to go three bobbins I will triple ply it though because I have more uses for it as a thicker yarn than a thinner one. This Saturday I have a class on Corriedale – which includes carding!!! Woo Hoo!!

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