From time-to-time I like to stretch my fiber-arts legs and try out something other than knitting (heresy, I know!). Sometimes, I roll out the ol’ spinning wheel and, well, take it for a spin.
This time, I impulse-purchased a big bag of bright white roving, and little tufts in a dozen bright rainbow colors. I couldn’t tell you what kind of fiber I bought, because, well, it’s taken me more than four months to finish this skein, and any notes or labels I might have had when I purchased the wool are long gone.
I spun the roving into singles with alternating long white stripes and short-ish (about 3 feet long) sections of random color. Then, last week, I finally plied the yarn into more than 250 yards of squishy 2-ply loveliness.
OK, it’s not perfect… I did my best to keep the yarn an even aran-ish weight, but with the weeks-long breaks between bouts of spinning, and my less-than-stellar spinning skills, the yarn ended up with a bit of a thick-and-thin consistency. And my first attempt at 2-ply yarn left it with less-than-perfect evenness. Oh well! It gives the yarn character, right? Right?
Have you ever tried spinning? How did it turn out?