Woolly weekend, part 3 (warm and spinning)

Sunday was simply gorgeous. It was a balmy five degrees Celsius and things melted in a big way. I’d say, judging by the trunks of the trees on the front lawn, that we lost a foot of snow. It was fabulous.

We did a bunch of household things (emptying compost, hacking snow in the driveway, drinking coffee, relaxing, etc.) and then Katherine and John went out to make a snow trench and I decided to fiddle with making a spindle.

Linda had given me some wooden wheels used for making toys and I needed dowel of the right dimensions to fit into the holes and caps to put on the end (wooden ones) into which to screw small cup hooks, which I already had. $2.98 and a trip to Kent (hardware store) later, I had the bits. Cut a 12″ shaft and stuck the works together. Put the cup hook into place and ta-da! A drop spindle. Two, in fact, of slightly different sizes.

The next step? Well, supper, actually. Clubhouse sandwiches made with roasted chicken, roasted red peppers and back bacon. Very well-received.

Back to spinning, though. I attached a leader, drafted some fibres and got started in changing the sliver below into usable yarn.

The before picture:

Spin me

The progress shots:

getting started clamped

spinning right along the end

The results, after plying together (still damp – the skein has to be wet and weighted to hang and set the twist):

plyed and setting

hanging to dry
It’s lumpy, it’s uneven, but it’s usable, beautiful and mine and I made it myself. I’ll post a better photo after it finishes drying and I can rewind it properly. It took surprisingly little time, once I got the hang of it. I’ll try for thinner singles (strands) next time, I think. I was actually quite tempted to leave this slightly bulkily-spun yarn as a single-ply, but figured that trying out the plying thing was part of the experience.

Katherine thinks its beautiful. She also thinks it’d make a nice hat for her. I have such a supportive family.

a quickr pickr post


6 Comments Add yours

  1. Ellen says:

    Wow you guys had a busy weekend, its nice to see folks going back to living the “simple life” although I never understood why it was called the simple life, they work harder than most folks !!
    Good luck with the Spinning , looks like your getting really good at it!

    Have a great day!

  2. sarai. says:

    WOW Vicky, when you set out to learn something, you are not kidding around! (I already knew that, but this is fresh evidence.) Your yarn looks great.

  3. Wow, that’s pretty! Like all the ice cream flavours one after the other. I’d have to see (at least) the spinning business to get my mind around how it works, but I have no doubt you’ll make it look like things with no trouble at all.

  4. Very nice! I love the colors.

  5. laura says:

    Gosh, Vicky! It turned out wonderfully! (And it would make a fun hat, definitely).

  6. R. says:

    Welcome to spinning! Your yarn is gorgeous. I love that you made your own spindle, too; I have several professionally crafted ones, but my absolute favorite is the one that I made from a wooden car wheel and a dowel.

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