If any one has wandered over to the Texas board, more specifically the Northeast one, you may have noticed our 40 page thread documenting our first craftster meet-up along with our second one and a third in the works. At our second meet-up RecycleMicol taught me how to spin. I loved doing it so much that when I got home I started looking up drop spindles and roving.
See how happy I was? And it really was the spinning that made me happy, not the food piled around me.
A few days later, a package came in the mail. I was expecting a swap package so I assumed that's what it was but was sad to see that it was addressed to my mom. I emailed my mom at work and told her my sad little story of how the box addressed to her had broke my heart and she informed me that there was something in the box for me. I opened it and was surprised to find a drop spindle from RecycleMicol along with some roving AND my first handspun that I had spun at our meet-up. I immediately started spinning, and with less than perfect results, I produced the brown pictured below.
It looked terrible and I was frustrated. So I sat back down, and this time I took it slow and I spun the pink pictured above. I was so proud of it. But, I was left with the unsightly brown and I had no idea what to do with it.
Fast forward to Saturday, March 30 (yesterday). Micol and my mom planned a BBQ for our families and we drove down to the Ft.Worth area to their house. We were there for around 7 hours, and in that time Micol taught me how to use a spinning wheel, ply on a spinning wheel, ply on a drop spindle, cut and spin old bags, dye yarn, and other crafty things. She spun this for me and used it to show me how to ply on a spinning wheel:
Then I spun this and she used it to showed me how to ply on a drop spindle:
Rewind to about a week ago, I had started spinning this pink and yellow roving together. I didn't like the way it looked but I kept at it because I fugured that it was good practice. Today, I plyed (plied?) it!:
And with my newfound knowledge of plying, along with my knowledge of how plying can make an icky mess look loads better, I grabbed the pink and brown I had first spun and plyed it:
I can't even find words to explain how much fun I had at Micol's house and how much I learned. I think this picture sums up how much fun my brothers had too (Guitar Hero really is their hero):