Spindle Spinning

Tour de Fleece ended this weekend and I have NO skeins to show for it. However, I did manage to spin about a pound of singles. Those yarns may not be completed, but they are on their way toward it.  That being said, since we are right in the middle of summer, I am right in the middle of biking season and my desire to be inside and crafting is pretty much gone. It just isn’t my season and I cannot get motivated to do it. When I am forced to be inside, I choose other activities anyhow. Cleaning, organizing, purging the house of useless items. Not crafting.

Of course, this kind of means I don’t have much to show you, so instead I am going to attempt to start a series of posts I’ve been considering writing for quite some time.

You see, my good friend Marja decided she would like to try to learn to spin. She does not knit, crochet, or weave. So this was my opportunity to work with a blank slate. Someone who knew nothing about yarn and the terminology for spinning and associated crafts.

I started her out with one of my trindles, the drop style not the support style. Then I asked her to please choose some kauni “preyarn.” My hope here was to get her accustomed to the idea of spinning a spindle clockwise without throwing her for a loop by teaching her how to draft as well. The pre yarn is great for this, as the only thing required is to add twist to it.

This then gave us the opportunity to explore plying methods before drafting was even learned. With the preyarn she was able to create a 2 ply, a 3 ply, and a chain ply with little trouble at all. And also learn terms like hank and skein and how to wash and finish her yarn.

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This was her first yarn, a 2 ply. We didn’t try to make the colors do anything at all in particular, it was simply a learning experience.

I believe our next was the rainbow, which was logical to chain ply.

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We then discussed 3 ply yarns and she ended up with some very lovely 3 ply yarns.

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I believe that getting the feel of a spindle and learning to ply even before drafting gave her the confidence she needed to learn to draft. It also gave her yarn that immediately looked like yarn, rather than struggling through a mess of stuff that just doesn’t actually look very nice or usable.

I don’t know that learning with preyarn would work for everyone, but I think I can prove in future posts that it did work for Marja.

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