Okay, back to the spinning! So, the quicky story is basically this: I bought some handspun sock yarn from Julie on Ravelry and decided I just had to learn. I had heard about Iron Horse Farm in Sherborn, MA from another friend, and called them up. A week later I had a rented wheel and my very first private lesson with Debbie. Seriously people, I don’t have time to teach myself these days, but Debbie, she can do the trick in under an hour! She is just so sweet and was so easy to learn from. Plus, her and her husband own and operate the cutest little farm there is – and, get this, they have the best fresh eggs! If you are around the Boston area, I highly recommend stopping by (they are about 30 minutes west of Boston).
As promised, here are some pictures of my first handspun –
The first skein pictured is what I learned on. I am not sure how knittable it is; it will probably just live in the closet with my first knitting project. They can become friends :) I was playing with the twist, thickness, tension, etc. which is why it is so, all over the place, crazy looking. I still love it! I used 4 oz. of merino top in sage from Iron Horse Farm.
Below is my first real handspun. I had become a bit more comfortable with tension and technique and tried to produce an even, single strand. I’ve already noticed how I tend towards spinning very thin single plys. This makes sense to me, since I love knitting with thinner yarns. I used 4 oz. of merino top in a marbled ivy green colorway from Iron Horse Farm. I think that this skein is about 166 meters of sport/dk weight yarn.
This final handspun was started and finished in just a few hours. After a week of spinning up single plys, I went back to Debbie for a quick lesson in plying. I bought this crazy soft polwarth/angora roving in the cotton candy colorway and just knew it wanted to be something fun and chunky. This is about 66 meters of bulky weight yarn.
The whole process I’ve gone through these past two weeks is just so very cool in my mind. I just love learning new things, and was so happy I had the chance to meet and learn from Debbie. One of my favorite aspects of spinning so far, is the attempt to keep an even strand. Debbie insisted that I stop spinning every once in a while, and pull some yarn back off the bobbin. By doing this, you can let it twist on itself and see how tight and thick your spin is. I took Debbie’s suggestion to heart and created this very cool spinning “diary” for myself. Here are my swatches from my first 3 handspun skeins:
What’s next you ask? I’m going to head back to the farm sometime soon to learn how to navajo ply – I can’t wait!