Monday, March 28, 2005
Here it is my first tiny piece of knitting from my first tiny piece of spinning.
:-) I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was to knit with, the strands didn't split and it was much better than some of the el cheapo brands I've used in the past. I knitted it up on 5.5mm needles and I think they were about the right size for the thickness this turned out. I'm all fired up and raring to go now! Shame I have to go back to work tomorrow...
I tried to get a more consistent spin on this one and to spin a bit thinner. I think I managed to achieve that reasonably well. I also tried to ply this and I had to do it by hand because I didn't have anything else to do it with. I've read that you can use the spindle to ply but of course as soon as I took this off the spindle I had another on the go! Blue Peter would have been proud of me - its amazing what you can do with a clothes airer and the length of the room. :-) The upshot is that I have actually produced something that looks like the wool you'd use to knit with. I've a long way to go before I've got a jumper though this little hank weighs in at a whopping 10 gms.
Friday, March 25, 2005
Well, it's ugly, it's uneven and it's overspun but it's definitely a piece of spun wool! I'm proud of it! I think I know where I went wrong. Its overspun because I was trying to spin continuously and I think with a drop spindle it needs to be more of a start-stop kind of motion. It made my fingers very sore but they will recover and I guess if I continue with the spinning they will toughen up.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Today I received my drop spindle kit and I was surprised by the amount of fibre that came with it. All well and good though as I think I will need plenty of practice to produce a halfway decent yarn. I ordered the kit from Hilltop and it arrived in excellent condition and the day after it was sent. Now all I have to do is figure out what to do!