I still think learning to spin was the logical step taken, after one knits as intensely as I do. You just feel like a machine knitting one piece after another, and I'm not talking about sock knitting here. By the way, it's a great feeling to resist the URGE, and the second go at my shawl turns out great (so far). I'm very happy that I decided to rip out the first try. I'm happily knitting away on the ever increasing stitch amount of the shawl.
I've been at Gemini Fibres Mt. Albert, to look at some spinning wheels. Well I was a little disappointed, because they had only three wheels at the store, and none of them was what I wanted. The Lady was very helpful and I asked a lot of questions. They are mainly an online store. We drove by at first, because the "store" is behind the house, in a little old barn building. It's actually 2 rooms, one's the office, the other is packed with fiber goodies. They have quite a large book selection, of all things fiber.
I've read an article in the Spring 2007 Spin-Off magazine about Tom Forrester, a wood working man, and his spindles. He's from Mt. Albert as well, that's why Gemini Fibers have so many of his spindles I guess. The above is one of them. Naturally I wanted one. They have so many beautiful ones, it's hard to choose. I held them in my hand, and gave this one a try. It was nice working with it. I'm no expert by a long shot, but I liked the look and how it felt. So home it went with me, as well as a pound of this light Coopworth roving from New Zealand. I didn't look further for roving from Ontario sheep, which I initially was looking for, maybe the next time. There will be a next time, since I've ordered a spinning wheel, and I'll have to pick it up! Yeah, yeah, shake your heads. That's me. Must have a new toy, for my new addiction!
Don't get me wrong, knitting is still my first love, but spinning is soooooooo relaxing! I feel connected to all the spinners in the world, from the ancient ones until today! It somehow satisfyes the need to create and plan something from the beginning. I like to practise early in the morning, when nobody is up yet, but me and Sam.
Anyway, look what the mailman pushed into the mailbox! We almost didn't get it out!
Right on time, Kirsten and Teresa brought Spun Stitches KAL into life and I've signed up for it. They are nice and welcome beginning spinner as well. It's a neat idea, and since that's the idea of spinning anyway, why not do it in a group? What's the idea you ask? Well we are supposed to spin some yarn and knit it into a shawl, as far as I understand it. It will be a while.
This Granny Smith green stuff is Corriedale. I think it's more even spun than all the others before. It's another 1 1/7 oz sample from the sample bag.