Happy Sunday everyone!
And a very special Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there in North America and the UK (is it Father's day in Europe and Asia? I know it isn't in Australia). I wonder if there are any dads who read this blog... I'm a little doubtful ; )
Anyways, this the first post of my new series Sunday Spins.
I decided to start with some cheap roving for my first spin. I wasn't sure it would be knitable at all. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes roving.
My first 30 grams is the kind of nightmare you would expect for a first attempt. But hey, it kind of looks like yarn!
I have started learning to spin by taking a spindling class through Craftsy (which I managed to snag free with a coupon code - yippee!). I had gotten a drop spindle for christmas. As I took the class, it became readily apparent that I would need a few more tools to successfully make yarn. I don't want to make any expensive purchases until I'm sure I'm going to keep up with the craft so I made a few workarounds.
First up was figuring out a way to ply my singles together. There is nifty tool called a Lazy Kate but I don't have one. I Andean plied my first spin and now I have MacGyvered my own Lazy Kate of cardboard, chopsticks and toilet paper rolls.
It will even fit my spindle too, for when I'm winding onto the toilet paper rolls.
Next I needed a Niddy Noddy. This tool is used for winding your yarn into a skein and for measuring its length. They are not that expensive but there was no way I could wait weeks for one to show up in the mail. I went down to Home Depot to get the parts to build one from PVC. The guy that helped me was completely unfazed by my craziness and even cut the PVC piping and build it for me!
It works a treat!
The rest of my first batt went better. I two plyed it which really helped every out the thick and thin and ended up with about 85 metres of something between aran and bulky weight. I'm hoping it will be enough to make a pair of Highly Regarded Mitts.
I'm well on my way. I can already tell my next spin is much thinner and more even. I'll show you my progress next week!