Monday, November 05, 2007

spinning

I'm trying to learn to spin. During my eBay frenzied period, I encountered a Louet wheel



for a good price and "won" it. It's sat here for, I guess, quite a while (I don't want to even think about how long) and finally someone introduced me to a spinning teacher. I can't seem to get much beyond this, though:



I don't think at this point anyone would mistake me for Rumpelstiltskin, spinning straw into gold, or roving into something to knit anything but a bobbly hat with.

It's a lot more difficult than I had imagined. I need a serene environment in which to do this; otherwise, I get all tense around the shoulders. And serene environments are hard to come by these days, let me tell you.

Plus the roving tends to fly toward the wheel at lightning speed, compromising my tension. Ideally, it should spin smoothly, evenly, almost gossamer. But it rears away like a runaway horse, before I can feather it out. Ack!

Also, my spinning teacher is quite a talker, so just when I'm starting to concentrate, another story, requiring my input begins . . .

12 comments:

MotherPie said...

These textile arts are still big in New Mexico... maybe because there were so many sheep once upon a time. Enjoy learning something new with your "win".

lorenzothellama said...

My mother's neighbour used to spin and made wonderful things. Keep at it!

I'm going to add a bit to my posting to tell how the Buddhists got the island.
Lorenzo.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Good luck with your spinning, both with wool and words :-)

kmkat said...

Spinning, huh? So you too have drunk the kool-aid? I have sworn to myself to stick to my knitting. No spinning, nope. Never.

Poppy Fields said...

Now you have me imagining you as Rumpelstiltskin :)

Linda said...

It doesn't sound appealing to me at all. I don't knit either. I'd rather read, I think.

tongue in cheek said...

What a way with words you have used to create this post. Clever and keen. I hope you have some time to spin, I think gold could arrive.

lettuce said...

that looks pretty good to me, esp. for a beginner. Seriously! i think everyone starts spinning wanting to create wonderfully smooth, even fine threads. Then when they get the hang of it they want to create wonderfully interesting slubby textured yarns (like yours) (and like expensive designer yarns) - and have to work at it!

i wont be tempted to give advice at a distance as you have a teacher! BUT - don't give up! and try to relax and not fight with the wool!

its really worth sticking with it.........

Anonymous said...

Lettuce:

Any and all advice duly appreciated! My spinning teacher said the same thing; I'll wish I remembered how to make this hubbly-bubbly stuff!

tt

Mountain Dweller said...

I had a go at spinning at a summer camp when I was a kid. What I remember most about it, was how easy it looked and how immensely difficult it was to actually do. Good luck!

Leena said...

I have grown up looking at my mother`s spinning and of course I got to try too, but it was quite different spinning wheel.

Good luck to your learning! Every learning needs time and piece to concentrate.

Claude said...

Wow! Spinning! That sounds like quite a challenge!
Never tried that.