I took a spinning class on Saturday and it was awesome! We started out by sitting at different wheels and treadling. After feeling the differences between a double and single treadle wheel, I decided to stick with the double. I forgot what type of wool we started spinning with. I know Corriedale was one of them, you can see some in my first skein:
I wish I could remember what the tan wool is. Maybe Romney? I was getting pretty used to drafting and adjusting the tension of the wheel so by the end of that little skein, it started to somewhat resemble yarn. The instructor must have thought I had a decent handle on it because she let me spin some of the softest merino I’ve ever felt. Boy, was that a mistake. The merino was so fine, it kept pulling apart. Look how much I spun before I went back to the tan stuff:
One person in the class was amazing from the beginning. She normally spins using a drop spindle so she was already good at drafting and getting an evenly spun yarn:
The shot is in motion but you can get a pretty good idea of how even the yarn is. She was spinning alpaca by the end of the class. I think I understand the basic mechanics of it, now I just need to fine tune everything I learned. Luckily, I brought home of these:
You can rent wheels at Mocha’s Fiber Connection for $15/week so I went for it. I spun a little on Sunday and ended up with my 2nd skein of yarn. It’s definitely over spun in some spots but overall, I’m happy with it.
So, what’s really annoying is that after finishing that skein, I tried to practice more but I could not get the yarn to wind onto the bobbin so I gave up and decided I’d try again later. I took yesterday off and tried to spin a bit today but the same thing kept happening. What am I doing wrong? It’s incredibly frustrating. The yarn just spins and coils up on me. I’m considering paying for a private lesson because I’ve wasted so much fiber at this point. The funny thing is, I picked up my drop spindle and was able to spin a nice thin yarn for for the first time. I guess I’m happy about that but still annoyed about not being able to spin on the wheel. After a bit more practice, I’m hoping to spin some usable yarn out of this:
Any spinners have tips for me?