Thursday, May 08, 2008


What this picture cleverly hides is all the crappy yarn wrapped earlier on the bobbin.


You can see a bit of it there on the left.

And gross--I've already spun my hair into it!!

Here's what the real poop looked like when I first started. This is literally after five minutes of spinning.


Yes, very blurry, but you can see the overspun nature.

What helped me was slowing down my treadling.

As I hit the last half of the practice roving she sent with the wheel, it clicked and I got into a rhythm.

I absolutely LOVE the fact I can get a thicker yarn on this wheel. I've got it set for the 6:1 ratio so it spins a bit slower and thus I get a thicker yarn. Maybe when I get comfortable, I'll flip the bobbin and spin it a bit faster and thinner.

But for now, I'm loving this.

And these huge bobbins rock! I can see how she claims you can hold a minimum of 6 oz. on each one!

I'll probably knit this crappy stuff up into my little handspun sampler blanket/rug I'm making.


Ala those log cabin blankets you see--I'm just taking small bits of my handspinning (minus the white--that was some stuff Karen spun for me on her Lulu when I originally gave up spindling a year ago and had a little bit of roving left over) and adding it onto this.

It's random and unplanned--kind of like a sampler/crazy quilt. No worries if the handspun sucks.

I kind of dig it.



Blogger The Curly Knitter said...

You are off to a fantastic start! I think the log cabin blanket is a great idea!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I love the thicker single. I'm still not so hot at that. Great idea for the use of all those little bits of spun fiber. I'm still filling baskets and creating piles in the corners of my house.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Melissa said...

That is so awesome! I'm jealous. I'm starting to think about ordering a drop spindle to give it a go...

Your sampler patchwork blanket thingie looks great - it's going to be amazing!

7:10 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

The blanket is a great idea! It'll kinda be like that crazy aunt every family seems to have - the one who's totally off her rocker, but is everybody's favorite. ;)

9:21 AM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Looks like you are off to a great start. The blanket is a great idea. Isn't it amazing how much faster you can spin through a pile of fiber?

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking good!! I like the sampler blanket also. So once you get going good on this spinning what are your plans? Love, Mom

10:36 AM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Coolness! Go you!

10:49 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

i love the handspun blanket. i'd like to have one myself someday, but i keep using my handspun for other things. :-)

your wheel spinning looks much nicer than my first attempts.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Enjoy making thicker yarn. I've kind of lost that knack. No, I'm not joking. It's easier for me to be consistent with thinner yarn than thicker.

That'll be one awesome and warm blanket when it's done.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yay! Poop yarn! :) I like the log cabin idea.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Sherry W said...

That's perfectly acceptable newbie yarn! If you decide to ply it, it will help balance out the kink and unevenness.

1:36 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Love the log cabin idea for your handspun! It looks good so far :)

4:28 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You're getting the hang of it quickly! It looks good so far!

I like the sample idea. Its almost like battle scars. You'll have evidence of all the practice and hard work you pput into learning how to spin great yarn.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

It looks great! I am impressed.
I like the log cabin knit it up idea, it will be a fine blanket indeed.

5:32 PM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

We are start with poop. Soon it shall be true. Your poop won't stink.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Excellent experimental spinning. And the sampler blankie is a great idea. It won't matter if the yarn is thicker, thinner, whatever. It will be a design feature! A feature designed to show off your spinning.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Laura said...


The yarn looks great so far, and don't worry, I've accidentally crocheted hair into my projects before (luckily was able to get it out) - happens with long hair sometimes. : (

Since you're the queen of cheap, I thought you'd get a kick out of this, LOL!

Scroll down to the photo in the article that says "Euclid" and shows a cop - my husband and I live about half a mile down the street from there, and we had to drive past there today on our way (we actually got stuck in traffic) to get our son's tux for my sister's wedding on Saturday - there were 5, yep FIVE police cars out there, and I heard a guy actually got arrested for disorderly conduct!

Now, I love bargains too, but no way in hell am I standing outside in 50 degree, rainy weather for 3 hours (yep, some people stood out there for 3 hours) for a pizza, regardless of how cheap it is! Some people actually brought lawn chairs and reading material with them, LOL!

I feel sorry for the Papa John's employees, and for the poor soul who has to go out tomorrow and clean up the piles of trash people in line left all along the sidewalk and the parking lot.

9:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

12:30 p.m. Channel 3's Mike O'Mara and videographer are on site at the Euclid location at East 222 and Lakeshore. They report several hundred people in line with the crowd extending down past the corner. The location is NOT taking phone orders. The wait for pizza is more than 2 hours! The mood in the line is decribed as good. There have been a few people who tried to cut in line but they were shouted down by the crowd. The manager at the location says he's confident there will be enough pizza to meet the demand.

Funny how a couple of hundred people will show up to get a 23 cent pizza, but the turnout on election days in my city is terrible - about 40% of voting age adults. Sometimes I think there's a whole lot of people with screwed up priorities.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

I am going to enjoy seeing your spinning progress and I love that little sampler cabin blanket...great stuff!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Fun, isn't it? It gets to be addictive. I will probably make some felted coasters with the first batch of yarn that holds together enough to knit.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

YAY! It definitely looks better than poop :).

In fact, I'd call it yarn!

Soon you'll be insane with the spinning like me. And start thinking about sheep farming. Or maybe not. But, yay! Wheel yarn!

1:25 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

It's starting to look good! I love the blanket idea... maybe I need to dig out my first handspun.

Oh, and the hair doesn't stop. As long as mine was down to my butt, it ended up in my knitting, spinning, you name it. It's a fact of life, might as well accept it.

5:37 AM  
Anonymous Necia said...

Handspun can NEVER suck! I'm using some of my earlier efforts in a never ending queen size ripple blanket. Because of the size, I'm also using commercial yarn. Maybe one day next year, I'll work on it again!


4:25 PM  

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