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Topic: First Ever Handspun - done on drop spindle  (Read 1264 times)
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« on: February 10, 2010 01:56:39 PM »

Check out my super-crazy thick/thin and overspun/underspun first ever skein of yarn!  I challenge you not to laugh at it -- it really is crazy looking.  I knew it was uneven  on the spindle, but the underspun parts REALLY got pouffy once I soaked the yarn to set the twist.  I do feel a motherly affection towards it though, because it's my first-ever attempt to spin anything.  It's only about 23 yards of BFL.  I struggled with the fiber.  I know a long staple length is good for beginners, but this felt almost TOO long for me.  I kept wanting to have my hands about four inches apart to draft, but the staple length was longer than that -- that's where most of the underspun parts came in -- they were spots I struggled with the drafting.

I keep picking up this little mini skein and petting it, admiring the luster.  I will probably just keep it in skein form as a reminder of my first attempt to spin.  Hopefully someday I'll be much better at it and I'll look back at this with a chuckle.

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 02:00:05 PM »

I am also about to learn to spin with a spindle.
I actually love the look of that little skein. I WANT to make quirky thick & thin yarn.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 02:22:49 PM »

This is just like my first attempt! I've made four skeins since then and each one is slowly but surely looking more like yarn, so definitely keep going! I love the thick and thin effect though, and recently I've seen a few things made with that kind of texture in stores and thought, hey, I could have made that, so your handspun does have a purpose, you'll find it eventually!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 02:32:11 PM »

It's beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 02:32:26 PM »

Yeah they are so cute the first ones.  I occassionaly pick up mine and pet it too, thinking I should make something from it but then I lovingly put it back down in it's place  Wink

« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010 04:19:19 PM »

oh the nostalgia!! my first-ever-spun looked just like that (also BFL).
great job Cheesy can't wait to see your next one!

« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 06:23:39 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement, everyone!!  I'm trying really hard to be patient with myself and not over-critical, and your kind words certainly help!  The bonus is that I do really like thick and thin and funky yarns, so I do like my skein -- I just don't think the underspun parts would hold together.

Nesse:  I think your first skein and mine could be long-lost twins!  :-)

« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2010 12:36:18 PM »

I love it! thick and thin is all the rage!

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