I don’t know what’s gotten into me recently, maybe it’s just the cool-down period after my marathon of a Rhinebeck sweater, but I have been spinning practically nonstop. When my brain is overtaxed with so many other things, it’s nice to have spinning to just zone out. All of the knitting I have on the needles right now is not the sort that I can zone out to. But spinning on a drop spindle is the same thing over and over again, spin, draft, wind, spin, draft, wind.
I finished the fiber that Maria gave to me when she taught me how to spin, it’s Polwarth from Gherkin’s Bucket in I-have-no-idea colorway. The green, purple and pink color repeats are so pretty, and I wanted to keep them the way they are, so I knew I wanted to navajo ply it. Considering I’ve only ever heard of navajo plying, and maybe seen it done in a video on a spinning wheel, I seemed rather daring of me to try it on a drop spindle. It’s basically like making a really long crochet chain, to make a three ply yarn from a single strand. I searched around a found a few different videos and tutorials for the drop spindle, but it was still pretty awkward until I’d been doing it for a while. Once I got the hang of it it wasn’t too bad, but it definitely would have been much more convenient on a spinning wheel.
But I’m so ridiculously happy with how it turned out, and after I twisted it into a hank, Ty simply remarked “it looks like real yarn”. Yup. I made real yarn. Go me!
Of course I couldn’t stop there, so I spun up the llama fiber that I got at Rhinebeck, which, let me tell you, was not washed completely. It probably made it easier to spin though, because all of the dirt and oils helped it cling together more. But I gave it a good long bath after I spun it. I tried a two ply with the llama, partly because it was something new, and partly because there wasn’t going to be much yardage with a three ply.
Spinning is so addicting that I’ve already spun half of my Into the Whirled fiber from Rhinebeck too.
Although honestly, I have a lot of Christmas presents to knit, so I should probably get on that before December sneaks up on me.
Do you spin? Is it as addicting for you as it is for me? And should I splurge on a spinning wheel sometime soon? (answer: yes)