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“Let’s see how far we’ve come”

March 19, 2013

Today marks one year since I posted my first attempts at spinning on my wheel. Boy oh boy was it eye-opening to go back and look at that first attempt.  In the course of a year I have not taken any official classes, nor have I taught anyone else to spin (despite my offers) but I have improved.

Check out the photo evidence below.

I started here:

This isn't the first thing I spun, but it is near the beginning of the list.

This isn’t the first thing I spun, but it is near the beginning of the list.

I took advice to try out a variety of fibers even at the beginning, despite the classic thought of waiting until I get better to spin with the “good” stuff.

My first and so far only attempt with a batt

My first and so far only attempt with a batt

I spun, getting a feel for the way the wheel worked, as usual I was often treadling too fast, especially for such a chunky yarn.

Attempts at blending

Attempts at blending

This was an amalgamation of fibers, in part because my fiber stash was small (still kind of is to be honest)

After our move from Chicago I recommitted myself to spinning more (central air definitely helped) and even braved attempts at Chain-plying

Chain Plying

Chain Plying

I branched out into different fibers, and had my introduction to BFL (I still have a fondness for this stuff)

My precioussss...

BFL

I tried spinning baby camel with a little less success.

Camel on the left, BFL on the right

Camel on the left, BFL on the right

I spun with a project in mind for the first time.

Handspun Scarf from the Yarn Harlot. I actually made a point to spin three different colors into one pattern.

Eventually I picked up my first braid (which was a big deal to me, since before that I only bought bags of fiber.) There is something about buying it that made me feel like a real spinner.

BFL 8 oz. Braid Frabjous Fibers

BFL 8 oz. Braid Frabjous Fibers

I felt confident enough to give it away as a gift.

Christmas Gift for my Sister-in-law

Christmas Gift for my Sister-in-law

I used spinning to combat the dreary winter weather.

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I have even managed to spin pretty thin.

Singles, undyed yarn

Singles, undyed yarn

If nothing else this blog stands as a testament to the difference a year can make.

Progression of spinning.

Progression of spinning.

I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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5 Comments
  1. Great work! I’m envious of your spinning abilities.

  2. You and your commenters are inspiring! A year, eh? I feel better. I feel more committed. Your work is beautiful! Keep spinning and blog updating!Please!

  3. This looks so great, it has inspired me to get more serious about starting to spin. I especially love the skeins from the braid of fiber you purchased, lovely stuff!

  4. maria permalink

    You have learned a great deal 🙂 I started spinning last Autumn, and I am still progressing…I enjoy the chunky feel of many of the yarns I produce. But my ultimate goal is to spin and knit a sweater 🙂 Maybe by the end of the year… m.

  5. I’ve enjoyed a similar journey myself! I started with a wheel a year ago in October and finished out that first year by spinning 1000 yards of laceweight! Isn’t it great?!

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