My first attempt at the drop spindle was not as successful as I had hoped it would be. The yarn was very inconsistent and I experienced difficulties with the spindle. My very first instinct was to blame the spindle. I resisted the temptation to blame my first spindle. I figured everyone’s first yarn was this lumpy and pitiful looking.
I decided to consult my fellow knitters and ravelry addicts. I joined a couple spinning groups, one group specifically for drop spindles and a group for beginning spinners. Both groups said the same thing, it’s probably the spindle. The problem was that I was having to physically twist the spindle with one hand and then park it between my knees to draft more fiber and then pick it back up. The whole process was extremely awkward. The spindle was a cheaper one that could easily be recreated with parts from walmart, and it was very light.
The solution…….buy a better quality spindle. And that is exactly what I did. I went to Etsy and found a wonderful spindle. Hand crafted with love and tested for spinning quality. If you are on Etsy stop by Dragoncraft’s shop, she creates some of the most beautiful spindles! I had to have this one!
It has a very nice weight on it. And let me tell you, it spins wonderfully. I could give it a nice little spin and work the fiber with both hands. This makes for a much less awkward time. I still experienced some inconsistency issues, but they were not near as dramatic as my first spindle was.
Dragoncraft also sends some fiber with your spindle purchase ready for spinning right out of the box. She also sent along a wonderful pamphlet from Interweave on getting started with the drop spindle. It was very helpful!
So apparently Etsy is a wonderful place where you can buy handcrafted items. The knitting and fiber related stuff is just so fun to browse. I could spend hours browsing this site. (personal experience)
I also found a lot of fiber artist selling hand dyed and hand painted wool rovings ready for spinning. Beautiful stuff! I found this one shop that offered 20 different colors of wool roving, a total of 5oz all together. I saw this and instantly thought this would be great for learning to spin on! The price was great! This would also prevent me from getting bored with one color of fiber. Plus I will be able to try plying with all this fiber as well.
The pattern is Rick and the yarn is Stroll Handpainted sock yarn from KnitPicks in the Cartoon colorway. It’s a little hard on the eyes close up, but the pattern is going to turn out so good once the socks are completed. I love this particular yarn and all the colors in it!
Now that the summer time is here, our schedules are starting to get busy. This weekend we are heading down to Texas for my 10 year high school reunion. I can’t believe it’s actually been 10 years already. It just does not feel like I have been gone that long. I’ll have more to write on this particular topic and pictures (I got a new camera this week just in time for the occasion) next week. We are also planning a vacation in Colorado with hubby’s family in August. I expect to take a ton of pictures there!
Hopefully next week I will have some more progress pictures of my knitting. Until then…..Happy Knitting!