On Wednesday Linda from my knitting group taught me how to spin using a drop spindle. Boy, did I feel like a klutz. However, she told me I was doing fine and to keep practicing.
She sent me home with a spindle and some roving and I’ve been practicing a couple times a day.
Yesterday I was actually able to roll off a ball of yarn. It’s pretty ragged and uneven, and you can see from the picture that the ball of yarn is not much bigger than a US quarter.
But I’ve been trying the different techniques she showed me, and yesterday I made even more progress. Still pretty uneven but I’m having more and more moments when I think I can actually feel how it’s supposed to be. Hopefully the next ball will be a little larger.
Tomorrow I’m heading up to Pagosa Springs, Colorado for their Fiber Festival with Laura and Meredith from knitting group. I’m going to be on the lookout for spindles and fibers. I’m hoping for better weather than we’ve had here in Taos the last couple of days. It’s been cold, wet, and windy.
I finished the embroidery on the cover for the journal I’m making for the May TIF challenge. It’s been hard getting any pictures to turn out well of this piece. I had to tilt it at an angle so the colors and stitching would show better. But the pictures are still not a very accurate representation.