I really love spinning. I’m kicking myself for not giving it a try back in the early 1990s when I first got the notion in my head that I might like to spin yarn. Mostly I’m just happy I finally gave it a try.
Lately I have been doing most of my spinning (and plying) on my Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel, although I do have one project going on a drop spindle that I have been working on for a few minutes every day. But right now, my wheel is my obsession, second only to the Stanley Cup playoffs.
My current spinning project was inspired by the March and April selections of Woolgatherings’ ROTM.
These two beautiful bumps of BFL in soft, spring colors told me that they wanted to join together in fiber matrimony to become a 2-ply laceweight yarn. So I spun each one up on a separate bobbin
and now I am plying them together.
The yarn looks very much like JoJoLand Harmony variegated laceweight yarn, although my handspun isn’t quite as fine as Harmony.
I probably should be trying to expand my spinning horizons, but I have really been enjoying spinning teeny-tiny singles and then plying them together, 2, 3, or 4 at a time. I haven’t tried a 5-ply yet because I have only five bobbins and my kate holds only four bobbins. And I’m still having fun trying different fibers and working on improving my consistency both with spinning and plying. That’s plenty to challenge me for now. Down the road, I hope to get other wheels–I have my eye on a Lendrum and a Matchless–and some more bobbins and a high speed pulley for my Ladybug. But for now, I’m happy to keep spinning away on the Bug.