I've started learning how to spin.
Now, perhaps not all of the blame should be put on knitting, as a craft. Some of the blame belongs squarely on the shoulders of my YEE (yarn enabler extrodinaire, to use the Jimmy Beans' phrase) mother. I mentioned to her a few weeks ago that I was considering learning how to spin. As she is an avid spinner herself, I probably should have known better, because when I stopped by for dinner last Wednesday, there was a braid of GnomeAcres Merino/Silk blend in Gnomey Nights waiting for me. We promptly sat down at my mom's wheel and she showed me how to spin.
Here are the results of my first thirty minutes of spinning:
I realize these are terrible pictures, but it was late and this was my only chance to take the shots. It runs the gamut between lace and sport weight, but is more consistently at the lower end of that spectrum.
I have already learned that I prefer to spin off rolags, rather than the braid, and I had a fit over the color transition from blue to yellow (I think the yellow dye damaged the fiber slightly, as it isn't drawing as evenly or easily, no matter how much I open it up before-hand. You can see the lumps it created. I'm sure eventually I'll be adept enough to prevent that, but this was only the result of my second time at a spinning wheel). I'm a short-draw spinner, and I'm working hard on learning how not to overtwist. But dang, it's fun!
And just to cement the habit, on Saturday, at the Fiber Fest, I picked up these:
Now I just need to buy my own spinning wheel.