Thursday, September 08, 2005

My first handspun two-ply

These are pictures of my first attempt at handspinning. I used a top-whorl drop spindle and 100% black merino wool roving from http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/ and used their instructions printed out to figure out how to do it. I used only a little bit 'cause I had no idea what I was doing and didn't want to use up all of my wool messing up... I was a bit confued at first, but I finally got it going and after I did two lengths of singles, I plied them together (and nearly turned it into a hopelessly tangled mess). So this is handspun two-ply merino yarn... It's about 1/16" thick. If I had to guess, I'd say a bit finer than fingering, but thicker than crochet cotton? I stuck a measuring tape in there for scale. Sorry for the resolution again (I've really got to get another camera or something for quick digital photos...). I think it turned out really well. I was skeptical until I saw what it's supposed to look like because it is so different from machine made yarn. Maybe I was a Viking lass in a former life? ;D To be honest though, my second attempt was full of problems, the twist would get too tight and the yarn would break over and over again, so I think it was beginner's luck that I got this as my first result.

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