Spinning!

Thomasknits's picture

So I learned to spin today! Yay!
I was visiting for the day in my hometown, Augusta, Ga, and I simply had to stop by and visit one of my closest friends from highschool. So I went over to her house, and promptly remembered that she has a spinning wheel, AND knows how to use it. So I asked her to teach me. In about 10 minutes time, I was spinning. The first try was laughable at best, but then I started over, and actually began to get a feel for the motions. I can hardly contain myself I'm so excited. Next step: shopping for some raw material to practice with on the spinning wheel that the LYS has. Can't wait to practice and get better, and before long, I will have a project that I spun and knit!

In other news, I began a new project saturday...yes, it is my 6th project that I am working on currently. A Noro Scarf! Despite my annoyance with the hype over this yarn, I must admit that after knittting with it, I am enamored. Pictures will follow as soon as I get my hands on a camera.
Other projects:
-The Seamless Hybrid Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann, in Berroco Ultra Alpaca
-A crocheted doily called "Agatha", in crochet thread
-A double knit hot plate for a class I'm teaching on double knitting... it's the one featured on the knittinghelp.com video
-A lace shawl for my grandmother...my improvisation off of EZ's pi shawl...mine is a half pi shawl.
-Socks out of Zauberball yarn...rainbow colorway...size 1 needles.

The question is: Will I ever finish any of these, despite the fact that I am entirely and utterly obsessed? I sure hope so.

Comments

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Blessings on all your

Blessings on all your heads!!! Spinning is so grand. I really must do more of it than just a few times a year. Maybe I should set aside some knitting time for spinning instead. Then, moving on beyond my spindles, I could get my wheel re-trued and begin treadling. (Blew over in a wind storm during a public demonstration of fiber arts. Thankfully, only a minor bit of knocking about.) Just remembered -- How do you do a half PI Shawl? I love using it for a variety of projects and am working on one now. Post a picture when its done, please. ---- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Thomasknits's picture

I kind of improvised... You

I kind of improvised... You work back and forth instead of in the round. I used the technique that people use a lot for triangle shawls...knitting a teeny garter stitch strip, then picking up around it to begin. Say you would normally begin the shawl with 8 stitches...for the half you would begin with 3 or 4 stitches for the garter stitch strip, then after 4 garter ridges, you pick up 4 stitches along the side and another 3 or 4 on the cast on edge. Then you double the 4 in the middle to 8 stitches on row 3, double again on row 6, 12, 24, 48, 96, ad infinitem.
-Thomas

New York Built's picture

There he goes again...making

There he goes again...making infinity where nothing once existed. You math guys are uncontrollable. Clowns in a pi throwing contest.

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

LOL-lots! Thanks for the

LOL-lots! Thanks for the humor, Mark. And thanks for the explanation, Thom. I'll have to keep it in mind for future experiments. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

HOw do you keep the number

HOw do you keep the number of projects so Low? I think I have more then that in my car....

Thomasknits's picture

I'm a fast knitter, so I end

I'm a fast knitter, so I end of finishing some of them...otherwise I'd have a gajillion. Sometimes a project dies instead, and becomes a eternally hibernating project.
-Thomas

New York Built's picture

Is a gajillion bigger or

Is a gajillion bigger or smaller than a duotrigintillion? Can you be more specific?

"Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends."
– Francis Bacon

Other than a brief whirlwind

Other than a brief whirlwind of two projects at the same time (I am still recovering from the mind overload), I generally keep mine to one. Sad I know.

Congrats! It is a relaxing

Congrats! It is a relaxing hobby and the motions you go thru --- it is hard for me to explain --- but it seems to take me back in time a bit.

Spinning is pretty

Spinning is pretty addictive. Up here in Portland Maine we have a place where you can rent a wheel for $5 a week. I've been hooked for 5 months and yesterday I just bought a wheel. Have fun with it,

New York Built's picture

I borrowed Alden Amos' book

I borrowed Alden Amos' book Big Book of Handspinning from the library, and I confess, I am hooked...so to speak. I want to learn to do linen...seems like a neglected fiber now I'm learning more about doing lace with Euroflax. I have skeins wound for a hooded sweater using Rustic, a wool/linen blend.

Call it a magnificent obsession...seem less unseemly than addiction...LOL.

Kerry's picture

I'm using Euroflax sport

I'm using Euroflax sport weight to knit a polo shirt (EZ's open necked pullover), it's very crisp to knit with but I believe it softens up with washing.

IamKnitGuy's picture

Willy, that's from Fiddler

Willy, that's from Fiddler on the Roof, isn't it?!

Thomas, I'm very impressed. The few times I've tried to spin, let's say it didn't work out as well as it did for you today. It's great that your LYS has a wheel as well -- that's a real bonus! Enjoy.

Thomasknits's picture

Tradition! Matchmaker

Tradition! Matchmaker matchmaker...
I dreamed all night about spinning some more, and plying, which i didn't get a chance to try yet. Already purchased some wool to play with when it comes in the mail.
-Thomas

MMario's picture

Thomas, Thomas, Thomas!

Thomas, Thomas, Thomas!
it's from the (imaginary) dream sequence with the ghost of the grandmother.

Thomasknits's picture

A blessing on your

A blessing on your head...Mazel Tov Mazel Tov
-Thomas

WillyG's picture

I'm excited with you...Yay

I'm excited with you...Yay for spinning! A blessing on your head!