Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My New Toy

This is my new toy.  Well, sort of new.  It was a Christmas present, and I've actually been playing with it a little over a month.

Last year, I went to an event at the park which included Revolutionary War era crafts.  A lady there showed spinning with a drop spindle.  I was seized with the desire to spin some yarn and knit a shawl.  Which was insane, since I hadn't knitted in years, perhaps decades.

I find spinning to be a bit like meditation as I can do it and empty my mind of all else.  It is very relaxing, (except when it's frustrating).  My yarn is still thick and thin with occasional lumps.  It takes a lot of practice to get good.  It has been a long time since I've tried to learn something new, so this is a good experience for me.  Besides hours spent spinning, I've spent hours lurking about on Youtube and Ravelry trying to learn more.

Next time, back to tatting.   


  1. Your yarn looks luscious! That's something I've been wanting to learn as well. I even have a collection of drop spindles and roving. Now all I need is a little time for practice!

  2. Ahhh...yes, that bug has bit here too, my brothers girlfriend spins and showed my daughter and I how over Christmas...then told us how we could make our own spindles w/ CDs and gave us some roving! Daughter is more addicted than I...but it is a nice activity :-)

  3. Not tried spinning although it looks as you say relaxing.
    I think I will stay with tatting, and knitting


  4. Well spun! I like to spin on a spindle, though in practice I've only ever spun enough for a scarf and do most spinning on the spinningwheel. I like the simplicity of the spindle.

  5. I now have two drop spindles and even a bag of wool to spin. I have done it a couple of times and have also done it on a friends spinner. One of these days...!