Sunday, September 9, 2012

First Yarn spun on spindle

Well I have been busy watching videos and playing with wool roving. Some roving I bought at a farmers market and some I bought online. The blue is merino and the orange is Corriedale. They were both nice. The Corriedale roving was really soft and fluffy..but when I washed it it got a little fuzzier but the merino stayed softer. Here is a picture of my first yarn... It has all kinds of lumps. But the texture knits up really nicely...









I really recommend trying spinning with a spindle. With a wooden dowel, a wooden disk from hobby lobby, a hook, and a drill can make a spindle for less than 5 dollars. You can make a lazy Kate out of a big shoe box and some long knitting needles. And you can make a great niddy noddy with PVC for about 5 dollars.

Here is a picture of my 3 spindles. The one on the far right is a louet and it is nice but over priced. The middle one is one made from hobby lobby materials and actually faster than the louet spindle. The one on the left is just made from a dowel and a square of scrap wood. Since I am just starting I am using park and draft method... So why not have a spindle that won't roll around when I park it.

Here is a picture of my PVC niddy noddy.