Spinning

This was the first thing I ever spun. I looks ok, but the way a skein is wrapped can hide a multitude of errors, so don't be fooled!

This was the first thing I ever spun. It looks ok for a first skein, but the way a skein is wrapped can hide a multitude of errors, so don’t be fooled!

Spindle spun merino, again pretty colors.

Spindle spun merino, again pretty colors. Yule 2015

Of course, when you transition from spindle to wheel, you have to start the process of practicing again. I was not a natural at transferring to the wheel, and I still spin a lot on the spindle, but this was the first yarn I made on the wheel that I was happy with. The gorgeous colors don't harm either.

Of course, when you transition from spindle to wheel, you have to start the process of practicing again. I was not a natural at transferring to the wheel, and I still spin a lot on the spindle, but this was the first yarn I made on the wheel that I was happy with. The gorgeous colors don’t harm either. Yule 2015

Look at those pretty colors!

Look at those pretty colors! Yule 2015

Every year I observe a spinning taboo in run up to Yule. The taboo is simple - to clear my spindles and have them done by the time we call Yule in our house. This is what I produced in the space of about two or so weeks.

Every year I observe a spinning taboo in run up to Yule. The taboo is simple – to clear my spindles and have them done by the time we call Yule in our house. This is what I produced in the space of about two or so weeks.

Yule 2015 is also when I made my first forays into flax spinning.

Yule 2015 is also when I made my first forays into flax spinning.

Shetland spinning

Shetland

The only way to get better at spinning is to practice every day. At some point in 2011, I decided to start keeping a spinning taboo - basically I would force myself to spin every day during the week, and had to be spun up by 9pm on Friday evening. The first few weeks were miserable, but eventually I started to get wool that's usable.

And the secret to doing all of the above? The only way to get better at spinning is to practice every day. At some point in 2011, I decided to start keeping a spinning taboo – basically I would force myself to spin every day during the week, and had to be spun up by 9pm on Friday evening. The first few weeks were miserable, but eventually I started to get wool that’s usable.

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