Wednesday, 28 November 2012
I’ve always been a bit of a fiber junkie. I love it all: thread, fabric and yarn. I tried my hand at spinning back in 2010, but I just didn’t have the time to devote to it, and it got pushed to the “someday” file.
One day recently I was ordering some wool batting for a new Waldorf doll, and discovered that West Earl Mill sells wool roving for spinning at an incredibly good price. On a whim, I ordered half a pound. And that half a pound got me through the awkwardness of early spinning. I’ve been at it a few months now and I am completely smitten.
So smitten in fact, that when I’m not spinning, I’m reading about spinning, or watching videos about spinning. And when I’m not doing that, I’m knitting, of course. My poor Featherweight is gathering dust.
I’m a woman obsessed.
Soon, I had to have a second spindle. I purchased a hand-turned Kundert, and I love it. It make quite a difference in my spinning at once. So I felt brave enough to spin the wool that Erin gifted me long ago. I spun 114 yards of the most gorgeous soft white yarn. I’m dreaming of the hat I’m going to knit from it. And I’ll probably keep it white because it’s the most perfect shade of white imaginable.
Then I tried my hand at the gray wool Erin sent. Swoon. Gray! Barber pole!
Of course, it was only a matter of time before I started dreaming of a spinning wheel. Days and days of research led me to the Lendrum Original. And so this past weekend, I took the leap and ordered it.
It’s set to arrive on Friday and I am beside myself waiting. Thank goodness I have some knitting to keep me busy.