Thursday, March 23, 2006

Spinning Photos

Well, that is rather a teaser of a title, no? I have taken photos. I will post photos. Even though my spinning is typical beginner spinning. Maybe not as bad as some, maybe way worse than some? I have little actual visual experience to go by. In the long run, it doesn't matter, eh? Beginner single is just that, right? It is all part of the learning process.

This is what my spindle looked like when I posted last. The biggest bumps are where the leader is tied onto the shaft, and where the end of the leader is looped and knotted so that the single could be attached. It is not at all unobtrusive! I think part of the problem is that I started spinning the leader with way too much roving fiber. Oh well, it serves the purpose, and that is the big thing, right?

This is what it looks like today. The only differences between this photo and the last one are: I re-wound the single on the spindle, and I cut off (very very gently!) the halo I mentioned before. That little halo of fiber that could easily be moved up and down the length of the single. I carefully, so as not to lose the twist, unwound the single, winding it onto my hand. When I got to it, I snipped off the halo, and I am glad I did! Once I had the shaft above the whorl clear, I started rewinding onto the shaft. I had read somewhere, I don't remember now exactly where, how to wind the single onto the shaft for optimal space and balance. I will probably do better with this part too, with more experience, but I think it is immensely better than it was, so I am happy with it. I have a lot more space now too! I do find that the end really does lose its twist and fuzzes out, so I do a half hitch near the top of the shaft, and then wind the fiber around the hook. One more picture!

Here is a close-up! It really doesn't look all that bad, I don't think???? As mentioned, the very fuzzy bump at the bottom is the beginning end of the leader, and the fuzzy bump about half way up is the other end of the leader and the joining with the single. I do feel confident that I will actually be a "spinner" some day!


At 3:31 PM, Blogger Joanna said...

Looks good to me!! Way to go -

It is cold as _ _ _ _ here and E and Dad are in the attic again looking for more loot!

At 5:52 PM, Blogger Sally said...

Thanks, Jo! I am not really feeling too bad about it, I think it is okay, and I look forward to doing better! Sorry to hear it is so cold there. Winter/spring in Texas, as elsewhere, seems to have a hard time making up its mind just which it wants to be. Makes it rough for you though! I hope you all have warmer weather for the garage sales! I hope E and Dad have some good luck up in the attic!


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