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Lookit!

29 Mar

First Handspun!*
**Bonus points if you spot the kitteh that insisted on being part of the yarn photoshoot.
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Yay, my first handspun yarn that I like! I don’t know much about the fiber, except that the zip lock bag it came from was labeled “mohair.” I do know that I have 158 yards of single (singles?) spun that that is roughly a dk weight. Hey, I’m new at this, I’m still learning.
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Now I’m spinning the fibers in my last post and those are just wonderful and a bit easier to work with than the mohair. I should get my new spindles today, so here’s to more spinning in the future!

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Lately

23 Mar

Lately I’m all about spinning. I haven’t knit anything in a while because I’m obsessed with mastering the drop spindle. I first attempted to spin several many years ago – I’m guessing some time in 2007. I didn’t quite enjoy it as much as I had hoped. I kept dropping the spindle and breaking my fibers. What I expected to be fun and relaxing turned out to have lots of frustration and swearing! I tried it again a couple years later and had the same experience.
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Spin, spin, spin!
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And now, in 2010, after obsessing with handspun yarn (again) I decided to give the ol’ college try… again.
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Spinning
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I am HAPPY to report that I’ve had the best experience with spinning the third time around! I’m making a more consistent yarn (with a few super thin parts here and there) and have figured out this whole “drafting” thing. I’m so happy with my results that I have purchased more fiber and two more drop spindles because I’m in love with the process! I sit at my desk at work and all I can think about is coming home to my drop spindle (oh and my husband and my cat, too… heh).
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Fibers
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I just started spinning this, which I purchased from Spinning the Web and I’m in love all over again… sitting at my desk, watching the clock.