Monday, December 22, 2008

A Fiber Tour: Day 5 - conclusion

I give you, A Brady Bunch of fiber

Multi-color domestic wool roving

Ashford spindle

Blue Steel roving

Natural BFL

Bright blue dyed corriedale

Naturally dyed BFL fiber

Natural merino roving - 1 lb.

first spinning yarn

Natural BFL Fiber

I guess that makes the blue corriedale Alice.

The final stop on our tour is one half (so far) of what will bring this all together. An Ashford drop spindle that was part of my haul from Pancake & Lulu 4 'days' ago.

Ashford spindle

She's a beast, but I'm very happy with my choice. It wasn't until I began to spin with it that I developed an appreciation for spinning thicker yarn. With my Schacht, I'm spinning for an eventual 2-ply fingering weight with the blue steel merino. It's Taking Forever. Spinning for a worsted or bulky weight on the Ashford uses up the fiber more quickly, but it's that much quicker that I get a finished product. I'm way too impatient for this :-)

Also, it may seem obvious, but spinning two different weight singles makes it that much easier to learn the difference between the two. When I first started spinning the multi-color roving that came with it, I was unknowingly spinning nearly the same weight as on my other spindle. It took going back and forth between the two to realize the difference.

The learning process with spinning is a lot of fun, but frustrating for me at the same time. It's hard to find enough time in the day to knit, let alone spin. I'm also being impatient with wanting to see how the finished yarn will look. Eight ounces is a lot of fiber to get through.


Ms. Kimba said...

I LOVE the Ashford spindle, I was in fact going to buy one for myself for my birthday but instead my sweet boyfriend bought me an Ashford spinning wheel for Christmas and I had NO idea!!! However I's a test and my first test was chunky yarn, and now I have better yarn on my second attempt:) I'm so excited I'm going to post pictures of it on my blog :)