My friend Lora Martin commented that my recent posts about spinning don’t seem to be written in English! Very funny, chicken lady. Heretofore (there’s a good English vocabulary word for ya!) this blog will be interspersed with fibery posts that feature words like rolag, polwarth, and, my personal favorite, niddy-noddy. Hopefully, my quilting readers will play along, if only for the amusement of what I have planned for the summer. And perhaps, I might even entertain some new spinny friends, as well.
Lora, you can opt out, but remember, I know where you live!
Here are some photos of what happens when you are new to spinning and you buy a bag of unknown fiber:
I was so proud of myself! I spun and I spun and I spun. I decided to ply the single with some commercial cotton boucle, and I am pleased with the end result. I know that the yarn is thick and thin, but I prefer that look (although I will ‘fess up that I couldn’t do it any other way!)
Once I finished spinning and plying, I skeined the yarn on my niddy-noddy. Then, I soaked the skeins in hot water, whacked them upside the head against a table (that could be my favorite part of all, and worth learning how to spin…)
Here’s a close up of my finished yarn:
One thing about skeining on a niddy-noddy (notice I use that word as often as possible? I love that word!) is that you can easily figure your yardage. I ended up with so much yarn (I thought). Visions of a sweater danced through my head. I ended up with about 300 yards.
And while that sounds like a lot of spinning, if you know about knitting (which I don’t… yet….) that’s about enough to knit a sleeve.