Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Spinning Wheel Has Arrived!


Yay! My spinning wheel has arrived (a Majacraft Pioneer) - and after a couple of hours trying to assemble it (bearing in mind I have an Engineering degree....) it is working, I think.

I had my first spinning lesson a couple of weeks ago and so was raring to go!

This is my first yarn. Rainbow wool roving spun thick & thin (i.e. I couldn't get the tension/drafting consistent!) and then coiled/plyed around a pink laceweight yarn. Not sure I'm using the correct terms, but never mind I'M SO EXCITED!!!!!

Maybe I will knit this into a nice woolly hat ready for the NZ summer?

11 comments:

grrl + dog said...

YUUUUMMMM!

How delightful!

I hope you can bear to part with some..

mem said...

How gorgeous! (I'm trying to save up enough to get a new spinning wheel too.) I love what you've made.

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful potential in these brilliant colors.

Ginga Squid said...

Thank you!

@ grrl+dog - I like your new photo. I think I need to test out how well my yarn stands up to knitting before parting with any. Might just fall apart....

Swati said...

Spinning wheel? As in...maing your own yarn/thread? Sorry...I am clueless about this...

Ginga Squid said...

Yes Swati! I got into knitting & crochet recently but the big funky art yarns are so expensive that I thought I would learn to spin my own instead. After all, I'm living in NZ where there are silly amounts of sheep.
Apparently spinning will also be quite relaxing - once I've got the hang of it...

Pam de Groot said...

I have just started to spin too. I've been doing a bit on a drop spindle and the I borrowed a fiend's wheel for a bit. Wooldancer is hosting a 3day art yarn workshop here in the mountains in March. Should be great. Yours looks great!

Ginga Squid said...

Thanks Pam - I'm finding it a good way of using up some of my fiber stash. But its not a 'relaxing' pastime yet - I'm overspinning everything!
I saw Wooldancer was having a retreat - and would so like to go so am very jealous, her website/shop is amazing. I bought some of her handyed roving & batts - gorgeous.

Mana Moon Studios said...

The yarns you made are just delicious! What a fabulous treat and something I've always wanted to learn - enjoy!
♥Sharon

rizwan said...

How wonderful you can,t get any thing better then that thanks for sharing
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rizwan said...

How wonderful you can,t get any thing better then that thanks for sharing


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