Thursday, March 3, 2011
Even though I've been spinning for years I've never really progressed beyond spinning one kind of yarn. That yarn being, whatever I spun! I've never challenged myself to go beyond whatever I figure out on my own by playing. And there's so much more!
As I mentioned before, I took a beginner's spinning workshop at Halcyon Yarn in Bath Maine a few weeks ago. Not only did I learn about simple things like the difference between worsted spun and woolen spun methods. I also learned the importance of loosening up the tension all the way before beginning to spin. Then when beginning to spin... slowly, ever so slowly and slightly tighten up the tension just till it begins to feed the spun yarn into the wheel. Wow! What a difference that makes.
Having a new spinning friend has also pushed my spinning to a new level. Lesley, the banjo player,is behind this new passion to go further with my spinning. She is an amazing knitter and so knows exactly what types of yarn she likes and what types of yarn she wants to knit. I now realize that I really have no idea what kind of yarn I want to spin because I have no idea what kind of yarn I want to knit with. Being a somewhat new knitter (been knitting only as long as I've been spinning) I haven't really paid close attention to the properties of the different yarns I have knit with. Sure I notice thick vs thin. But I've never, until now, really looked at the spinning of the yarn. Put these things together with the new LadyBug wheel I bought and I really do feel like a beginning spinner all over again.
So this DVD was just awesome to watch. Yes, it had things I know but it also had things that I should have known but didn't. There were a few little things that I wondered about but didn't ever think to ask anyone about. For instance...see this flyer?
Another tip that I didn't know is that with each bobbin change, wipe the metal flyer rod that holds the bobbin with a soft cloth to clean it and then put a little bit of oil on it. I was either oiling too often or not often enough. And I never thought to wipe the rod clean before applying oil each time. Logical for sure!
So that's what I've been up to today. Not much. Not rocket science. But 2 little tips that will aid in my quest for spinning a yarn that is a bit more even then I'm spinning now. The decision of spinning worsted vs. woolen yarn I'll save for later. I've got to get back to my spinning!
Happy fiber fun!