I did it...

Well, my dogs did. Aren't they good kids? They bought me a spinning wheel! What good dogs I have, even if they don't know it. So, I found a mildly, and I mean, mildly used Ashford Kiwi for sale for a couple hundred bucks. I used the money from the dog training business on the side to pay for it. And as you can see from the fleece hanging from it, I suck!Yep, that's right, gloriously and fantastically sucking here. So, I'm sure I'll get help between now and then, but at the Rocky Mountain Summer retreat would we possibly be having a spinning class? I think I need it.

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Nehkhasi's picture

What goes up, must come down, Spinning wheel must go round! Congratulations on your new baby. The universe will send you all the help you need! I look forward to hearing about your progress! :-) Nehkhasi


Craig's picture

I have three words of advice for practice, practice and practice.
Wish my dog would buy me something,good luck with the new addiction.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Tom Hart's picture

Dude! You DO suck! That looks goddawful. I don't think that Rocky Mountain Men's Knitting Retreat can get here fast enough. You. Need. Help. (OK, that was supposed to be funny.) Congratulations on the new wheel. And congratulations on stepping into the new, wide open world of fiber spinning. I wish you all the best with it and I'm looking forward to seeing some homespun yarn before too long.

O well do I remember the first few weeks/months that I was trying to teach myself to spin----a lot of perfectly good wool turned into very strange yarn---when it stayed together at all-----nearly wore out my threading hook. Then one day my hands suddenly knew what they were doing and I was making useable yarn!! Then I met other people who spun and I learned lots of refinements and control. Keep going and this will happen to you. I kept saying to myself----in ancient times, even small children could spin yarn---so can I. So can you.

potterdc's picture

I'm excited for you! I just responded to a young 20 something guy on Ravelry complaining about the cost of yarn that maybe he should learn to spin. This will open a whole new world for you, and they only thing I can suggest is practice practice practice. Take a class where and when you can (my LYS actually has a weekly sit-and-spin). Watch other people spin. Practice some more. It will probably take you longer than you thought it would. Don't worry about it - get back to practicing.

And give the dogs a bone! Good dog!

Jonathan in DC

Think less, enjoy it more.

I've been spinning since the very early 1990's and practically everything I knit or weave is with my handspun. When I bought my first spinning wheel, an Ashford traditional, I thought the seller might give me a short lesson. Her fee for a an hour's lesson was half the price of the wheel. Her "business decision" was also that nobody gets behind her wheel for a trial without it being considered a lesson. So I bought the wheel on faith that I would master spinning on my own. Her only advice was to spin with the understanding that you'll never make another yarn like your first. The secret to spinning is to "divorce your foot from your body," she said. "Don't try to keep a rhythm between your feet and the fingers." And, yeah, my first yarn was an uneven, nubby mess with areas too tightly spun and other areas loosely spun. I couldn't spin a novelty yarn like that now even if I wanted to. But such yarns make very interesting caps. I thoroughly enjoy knitting, but spinning is utterly relaxing and therapeutic. I hope you find that spinning enhances the enjoyment of knitting.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Oh, Q. You have help handy and forgot. I spin, as does our friend, Caron. [She offered to teach Al.] I am not very good with my own wheel - too little practice - but I can at least give you some pointers. Oddly enough, what I can't grasp in my own case, I can help others learn. My specialty, as you know, is working with dropspindles. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AKQGuy's picture

Actually, I already called Caron. We're going to swap dog training for spinning lessons. We're starting tomorrow afternoon. See you at knit night.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sounds like you got a good trade. I look forward to seeing how it goes. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

jessemkahn's picture

LOVELY!! i'm sure you'll love it! i have a Louet upright single treadle that doesn't see anywhere near as much use as it should. but i'm so glad i have it. sadly, my cat is too selfish/frugal with his allowance and refused to buy it for me. i had to splurge on it myself. ;-)

purlyman's picture

Congrats!! I got a Louet a few months ago, took one class, and it sits in the dining room all lonely and stuff. Brady, on the other hand, got a Louet that same week, too the same class, and he spins all kinds of yarn!! I'm too busy knitting I guess and my knitting projects are very selfish and they don't let me try to learn anything knew. Good for your doggies!! They're very sweet. Hopefully we will be able to offer a spinning class at the MRMKR!! We're planning to visit the Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder too. Yea! Can't wait!


bobinthebul's picture

Lucky you to have such self-sacrificing dogs! I suppose I should be nicer to the cats in my neighborhood now, though I probably can't expect such a brilliant display of altruism from them... Have fun with your new wheel!

AKQGuy's picture

The two cats in my house I even feed have yet to give me anything but a runny nose, contact dermatitis, and the occaisional fit of temper after telling them to get off my counters for the r millionth time. God I love my dogs. Even the 110lb 9month old pup despite his occasional wrecking ball behavior.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Somehow, the description of Sully as a wrecking ball does not surprise me. Bless his BIG self. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.