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May 11, 2008

My spinning wheel came on Tuesday and I put it together all by myself. It’s a Fricke S-160 Single Treadle and I’m pretty confident I made the right choice. I spun on a Louet S-15 for about five minutes before realizing it totally was not for me. I needed something with a lot more control.

Someone told me it takes about two days or do to get the hang of the wheel and that was pretty much the case for me. Ever since then I’ve been spinning like a fiend! I spin every morning while listening to podcasts and it’s a lovely way to wake up. So far I’ve been spinning up all the scrap fiber I have laying around but Friday bit the bullet and spun up something nice. Here’s a little overview of my spinning progress.

This is some mystery fiber that claims to be BFL but doesn’t draft or spin up like any BFL I’ve ever worked with before. I’m not of fan of spinning with it. It’s dyed by me with Kool-Aid.

This is handdyed alpaca purchased at the PNE in Vancouver. It was interesting to spin but I think it’ll be a while before I try pure alpaca again.

And this is the rest of the handdyed Corriedale, also from the PNE. The skein on the left is wheel spun, while the skein on the right was made on a drop spindle. You may remember this yarn from my Rhapsody hat made back in November.

Spinning with the Corriedale made me realize that, just like everything else I start, I needed to stop working with scraps and just delve into the good stuff. I find certain fibers really hard to draft and thus hard to spin. BFL is my all time favorite spinning fiber, but Corriedale is a close second. Friday I broke out the Blue Face Sliver and just went at it.

It was delicious and the finished product is so soft and smooshy. I believe its the Rainforest colorway.

What’s that you say? It’s perfect for the PS Earth element? I think so too.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2008 11:53 pm

    Before you start your next heels, you could have a look at this, if you haven’t done so already. I thought about you when I saw it! Hope it could be useful or bring inspiration!

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