I started taking lessons after two years waiting, last week at the Philadelphia Handweavers Guild in Manayunk, PA. Every Saturday from 1:30-4:30. After the first class last week, I really thought I'd been in Spinning 101 for the next 10 years. It seemed hopeless. Each time I began to treadle, it seemed like my foot had bionic speed and my poor hands were impossible to keep up.
There I was, attempting to keep my "drafting triangle" steady, treadle slowly....ahhhh I threw my hands up more than once. It was like patting my head and rubbing my tummy at the same time....it just doesn't work.
But then our instructor Deb, patience and humor of a Saint just kept encouraging me.
The second class was getting started and I sat before my wheel and was resolved to continue spinning commercial yarn onto the bobbin (a bobbin which I was certain cried out for real warm wool wrapped around it). Suddenly I felt a little push and I offered up a silly little prayer.
And this is what magically happened!!!
OK like I said, not the prettiest but it felt so good to finally "get it". Then I came home and amid all the usual hustle and bustle of family life I tried again and this is what I have so far.
When I ran out of the Coopworth roving that I got at class, I tried the next batch of Shetland. I have to say its not as easy to draft and spin as the first was. Maybe its me (always a possibility) but I just think its a little rougher. I need another bobbin and I might give plying a try!!! Did I really say that?? Wow, life is good!
So there you have it. The joys of a newbie handspinner! I can't begin to express how silly and giddy I felt when I first realized that I was actually spinning this raw wool into something that could soon be used to knit with. I see a future filled with warm woolly socks for my kiddies! Heck I think the pooch might need a pair!
And now it is Saint Valentine's Day and I have a house filled with little sick ones and one sick Nana that I have to tend to. Spinning will have to wait until they are all tucked in for the night. If I don't fall asleep at the "wheel" first! LOL that was spinning humor in case you missed it :-) !
Happy Saint Valentine's Day to you! Share your love not only with that special someone but with all those, near and far who bring love into your life every day! And that means your sheepie too!
God Bless you always.