Spun my first hank of yarn!

MitchPR08's picture

So I couldn’t wait on the mail anymore (it's taking FOREVER!!!) and I had 200g of fiber sitting there just DYING to be spun. So I fashioned a drop spindle from a DPN and a Pringles lid…I’m surprised how well it worked too. I spun my first ever 50 yard hank (a mini hank…it’s so cute!) last night and although it is quite uneven, I am proud of it nonetheless, I am also proud of how quickly I got the hang of it. It kind of looks like a red cinnamon twist donut. Yes, I did choose RED…My plan is to spin 100g of red, and 100g of lime green, ply them together, and I will have a nice festive yarn for making a hat or something (like every gay man out there I do love a colorful hat…hopefully 200g is enough. Will post pictures when everything is spun, plied and blocked!

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Tallguy's picture

You don't need much

You don't need much equipment or have something expensively engineered to do spinning. You have all the tools you need right at the end of your arms!

At one time, when I was a bit bored at a job, I took two short stubby pencils we had and bound them into a cross with rubber bands. Then took a long pencil and thrust it in the middle of that bundle.... making a kind of low whorl Turkish spindle. All I had to spin was some rayon -- you know, that "cotton" in vitamin bottles. And I did spin a thread with that. At least I wasn't bored anymore! And I got some nice yarn.

You can use anything you have handy -- even a stick through a potato will work as well, or just a plain wooden spoon. One time, as I went out the door to a spinning demo, I tore off a branch of the lilac bush out front (didn't have anything to cut it neatly) and it worked just fine. Another time I cut a wire coat hanger and made two shepherd-hook spindles, and used them as knitting needles as well! Double duty! It's not the tool that makes the thread anyway -- it's the twist you put into some fibres. Any way you can get that twist in there is perfectly acceptable. You will have yarn.

Good for you Mitch! I knew you could do it!

Tallguy's picture

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My first spindle was home

My first spindle was home crafted out of a chopstick, wooden thread spool and a carved bit of cottonwood twig. It was a top whorl and I spun extremely fine yarn on it...lots of extremely fine yarn! Still, it was my first introduction to spinning and I've continued to enjoy it throughout the years, even though I don't spin as often as I should. Best of luck and congrats. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

DeceptiveCookie's picture

A couple of friends in my

A couple of friends in my knitting group convinced me to try spinning again. They've even offered to let me borrow one of their wheels (this woman has 5 of them...). I think what really intrigued me was how she worked off of a rolag or batt of yarn... she just kind of picks and pulls from different parts of it creating this really awesome variegated yarn...

I picked up the drop spindle again last week... and I'm enjoying it more than I did the first time... maybe all i needed was a cooling off period?

I'm glad to see you're enjoying spinning, Mitch! That's too cool how you made yours out of DPNs and a Pringles cap... I made my first one using a dowel a gasket and some CDs.

TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm still waiting for my

I'm still waiting for my spindle to be shipped from my Uncle in Atlanta. I may have to resort to MacGyver tactics like you did until it arrives...LOL!

MitchPR08's picture

Haha Well, my spindle came

Haha Well, my spindle came in the mail today and I will say it spins much better than the DPN with the pringles lid (more weight on the whorl and therefore more even yarn) but it is a nice little trick I learned for if-ever in the future I need two spindles at one time. I cant wait to ply this stuff and then finally knit something with it!

WillyG's picture

Whoo hoo! I'm taking my

Whoo hoo! I'm taking my first spinning class this coming Saturday!

2manyhobbies's picture

I think it's so neat that

I think it's so neat that you were able to put together a drop spindle with just what you found around the house. Don't worry so much about your spinning being uneven - although you'll be able to control that better with time and practice, still i think the irregularities are part of what makes homespun special. It's not generic, doesn't have label or category, cannot be pulled off a shelf. Instead of trying to regiment the fiber into standardized submission, I think another way is to just let it do what it wants to do and what you enjoy spinning, and let whatever that becomes suggest what you can do with it later.

purlyman's picture

I'm impressed by anyone who

I'm impressed by anyone who can get the hang of it. I took a class and was very frustrated. I gave away the roving and the spindle and a week later was given a skein of nice alpaca in return. Nice!!! Good for you!! Can't wait to see what you do with the yarn!