Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I'm disappointed ...

I'm disappointed that the last sample spun, did not improve my spinning skills. This is the ultimate thick/thin yarn I so do NOT like. But... .... like this weed (for some), it's beautiful, isn't it? Dandelion is for some bothersome, for some it has some healthy properties, and to me it's just a beautiful flower, perfect even.

Now, I'm not saying my spun yarn is perfect, far from it! This time I made no progress in spinning at all, but there was still something to be learned. First, the "Little Si" spindle does not like to hold more than 1 oz, before it gets all wobbly and the whole beehive thingy starts to slide down. Second, I LOVE the Forrester spindle! It whirls, and whirls, until I have to stop it, because my arms are stretched out as far as they go. Third I've found a better way to ply the yarn. Third one's the best one so far. It's spindle to spindle, AND the big bonus today, I plied with the Forrester suspended and not supported anymore. I wish I could take that, and use it for spinning, since I still do the "sit and park" method. I'm sure every experienced spinner, who could see me do my thing, would snatch away the spindle from me in disgust. No matter, I love it, and with time I'll get better I'm sure. I think the "Little Si" can perform better, if I could spin finer yarn with it, but what do I know?

This ain't NO merino, this wool blend sample. It doesn't even say which wool was blended, but it's scratchy, not soft at all. You could use it to clean your pots and pans. I do like the color though. And I don't mind using as many different kinds of fibers as possible , at least all sheepy stuff at the moment. Didn't know that there are so many different breeds, with so many different coats? hair? fiber on their backs?!

I didn't even measure the skein this time. But I'm sure it's somewhere a little over 30 yards. Not important. I don't feel this was a waste of time, because it wasn't. At least the spindle never dropped, and the yarn never broke. That's progress! ;o)

I did my two squares a week, both on Monday: # 23 of 40.

# 24 0f 40.


Kirsten said...

I think your spinning is coming along nicely. Nothing wrong with a bit of "sit and park". The best advise I was given when I first started spinning, (as you know that was not very long ago), was to do it for at least 20 minutes a day. I really improved quickly once I did that.
I still love that Forrester spindle. If you keep showing such pretty photos of it, as well as talking about how well it spins, I may not be able to control myself. I'll have to dash over to their website and buy one for myself! As if I need another spindle!!

Teresa said...

It actually looks pretty good though! I actually draft the heck out of the wool before I spin it. If I want it smaller I split it lengthwise before drafting. I also have to confess, I don't normally let the spindle spin. I like to spin it and then stop it, specially for lace weight, that way I can control the size of the yarn. Your spindle is beautiful! I've been looking into getting a new one, not cause I need it mind you. But, I'm not going to tell me husband that :D.

Tracy Purtscher said...

Love that last looks like a map of my thought pattern!! :-)

shannon said...

I quite like that second square #24.

As for spinning...I've never gotten that bug. Keep practicing though cuz you are doing MUCH better than I ever could (we tried to spin in a fibers class in college).

Anonymous said...

Hallo Monika,
als ich Deine neuen Quadrate gesehen habe, habe ich auch wieder richtig Lust bekommen eines zu stricken. Das macht mir viel Spaß dieser kleine Knitalong von uns. Und mit dem Spinnen bist Du ja nun auch angefangen. Scheint ja wirklich Spaß zu machen und sieht schon gut aus!

Viele Grüsse von Heike

T-Mom said...

I don't know, I kind of like it. As you say, it's a pretty color, and I like the slubs and bumps.

when you get really good are you going to spin Sam and Biko undercoat? That's what I'll do if I ever get bit by the spinning but--I've got 5 bags of undercoat from my heart-dog waiting to be turned into yarn. And if their undercoat is white, you'll have the most beautiful yarn.

Violiknit said...

Those squares are too cool; I especially like the arrows on #24!