Monday, May 09, 2011

Knitting 0; Spinning 1

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Obviously, I don’t have a gift for art direction—on the other hand, my 4-year-old granddaughters would be impressed because the yarn matches the spinner.  This is my first bobbin of yarn on my new Hansencrafts Minispinner.  It is the cherry model, in case you want to know.  For some reason, my wheel has always seemed feminine, but this little guy seems to need a masculine name.  I’m thinking of William, in honor of Matilda’s husband, or George, since he is made from a cherry tree.  Any suggestions are welcome!

As you can see, I have the WooLee Winder, and it is wonderful.  The only problem I have had with it—and it was in the instructions if I had read closely enough—is that when I stop to check twist and spin the Winder backwards to draw off some yarn to double, the backspin can loop the yarn around the stationary eye.  When you start to spin again, the takeup is non-existent.  Compared to a backlash on a casting reel, that’s an easy fix.  Now I just check that eye before I tap the control, and everything is peachy.

I watched Beth’s video for beginning spinners and set the speed control at 9 for the short forward draw that she was demonstrating.  I just couldn’t seem to get a consistent twist.  I tried long draw, but my fiber was some I bought a few years ago, and it was too compacted.  It finally occurred to me to increase the speed a little bit.  I moved it up to almost 10, and my spinning became much, much better. 

The machine is very, very quiet and spins so beautifully.  I’ve been trying to put in at least two hours a day.  I’d like to do more, but I have some projects to work on—cleaning out closets and bookshelves and stuff. 

1 comment:

Deb said...

I think spinning is in my future. AT the NH Sheep and Wool Festival today,I spent a lot of time watching the spinners and I told my friend that spinning was going to be the next phase of my fibery life. It will probably have to wait until I get to retire however!