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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Handspun?? Yeah Sure.

If you want art yarn? I'm your girl.
If you want uneven,slubby, thin, thick yarn? I'm your girl
If you want something that may resemble I roving/yarn mess? I'm your girl. This is my first attempt at spinning, yes it's a sad little thing but that drafting crap is hard. I can spin bulky weight yarn though really I can. LOL..




This is the beautiful roving you saw in the last post, well now it still beautiful but highly mutilated into slub, tight spun, bulky weight, more slub messy stuff.
But I can tell you I haven't laughed at myself out loud in a long time, doing this is so much fun even though the end product will be um.... useless.. maybe I can weave some into something and felt it later, for now I'm learning something new and if I get that drafting stuff to work out I might just make some bit of real yarn.

14 comments:

Kimberly said...

I think your yarn looks wonderful!!!
That's the alpaca roving you showed in the previous post, right? If it's any consolation, alpaca is not a beginner's fiber, especially 100% alpaca roving. Maybe try some wool? Or since alpaca is so slippery, try a lighter spindle. In any case, spindle spinning gets a lot easier with practice. Keep spinning!

Delighted Hands said...

It is beautiful ART yarn-you just don't realize it! Keep trying, your motions will get more fluid and the yarn will get thinner and more even-really. But glad you are having fun and understanding you're learning....it will make a great additional pick in a thin yarn weaving!

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

Thanks, I will keep at it.
Kim - 100% make me itch, I can tolerate a blend, that's one of the main reasons I ordered the alpaca no itch.

Melanie said...

Since the roving was braided it might be harder to spin. Trying spinning it in smaller bits that you pull apart a bit to let the fibers draft more easily.

bspinner said...

I agree with Melanie. Don't be to upset none of our first handspun looks any different than yours.

Good luck!

Lynn said...

That's MUCH better than my first handspun, seriously! Just keep practicing; you'll get better sooner rather than later.

Dave Daniels said...

You know what you're supposed to do with that, right? Like a baby's first haircut, you should put it in a plastic bag and save it for "later". Then, some day down the line, you can compare it to your current yarn and get all impressed with yourself with how you've progressed. Or something like that. :) (Really, I was told that when I made my first yarn and I still have it.)
It's a beautiful first skein, and you'll cherish it forever!

Julie said...

Oh that looks pretty good, mine was so bad the first time but I seemed to get better the more I worked on it. But I did save my first so I could look at how much better I was doing.

rockriverstitches said...

Just stopped here from Basketmasters Weavings blog to see your work which is amazing! Love the pink scarf that you made. Looks like it would be so fun to weave.

Tammy

Acorn to Oak said...

It looks like you're doing great! Save it so you can look at it later and be amazed at how much you improve. The colors are yummy!

Maureen said...

Awww don't be so hard on yourself. You know there is a market for uneven lumpy bumpy yarn like that. Us ragdoll makers LOVE to use it for our girls hair. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;)

Benita said...

To quote the great Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, "If it is twisted and holds together, it's yarn!" And guess what, one day (soon) you'll wish you could spin art yarn, because once you start spinning finer and more even yarn, it's very hard to go back to that. And it's called "novelty yarn" and people pay lots of money for it. Keep up the good work, you are on your way!

Lynn Majidimehr said...

The color is beautuful, and your single looks like one of the art yarns. If you don't want it as curly, you could ply it with itself or another single, and it will untwist a bit in the plying process. Next, make it into a little skein and soak it in a little woolwash or shampoo, rinse if needed, squeeze and let dry, and that should also relax the wool and let you see how it really is.

Karen said...

I think it looks very nice for your first! It isn't easy to learn on a spindle, I couldn't get the hang of it until after learning on the wheel.