Friday, May 18, 2007

Handspun Attempt

Last week I got my wheel dusted off again, after many months of neglect. The cat had chewed through the hemp drive band and I needed to put on one of the rubbery ones that came with it. This isn't a hard thing, but was enough to keep me focused on other stuff for a long while.

I dug out a volleyball-sized ball of roving I bought at Rainbow Fleece Farms last spring. (Or was it the spring before?) This fiber has some very long staple strands and some shorter fuzzy stuff along for the ride. Since I was rusty from not spinning for a while and the fiber took a bit of getting used to, the end result was a bit uneven.







Even as I got the hang of working with the fiber and using the length of the staple, I still got a few little bumpy bits that refused to smooth out. I think this fiber will always make a slightly rustic yarn. It's just the nature of it.

6 comments:

Helen said...

wonderful job! the colour is beautiful. natural?

MollyBeees said...

Gorgeous work! I am tinkering with the idea of spinning. I like drop spindle but I saw a beginners wheel that was made out of PVC pipe that I'd like to try!

YarnThrower said...

I love your hand spun yarn. I've told my dh that there will be spinning in my future, though right now I need another hobby like I need a hole in the head, so maybe in ten years or so.....

Bezzie said...

I dig it.

You might have a stash problem if you can't remember what year you bought a bunch of roving ;-)

Carina said...

That's really pretty. I'd bet it would make a lovely vest. I'm thinking something along the lines of a Penny Straker-style vest with simple, classic lines.

You know, with my nervousness lately over the book-thing, I should sit down and spin tonight, too.

Batty said...

It's lovely, bumps and all. It really looks like this is what the fiber wanted to become, if you know what I mean.