So…. the man has true fear now. Yes – he is afraid, and rightfully so.
A friend of mine from work and knit group had some drop spindles her husband had made for her to sell when she was doing demonstrations. They were 5$ and came with the drop spindle, some fiber, and some printed instructions.
Whelp, I went through the instructions and didn’t have much luck. The main issue was my being able to figure out how to get a lead onto the spindle if I didn’t have any hand spun yarn on hand. I tried and tried but the fiber kept sliding off. It wasn’t working. So – I pitched it to the side figuring I could revisit it in the future.
Well – that time came.
I was watching a video by dalequan on YouTube (definitely click for her channel) where she was spinning on a drop spindle. She, from all I have watched, is a really talented spinner. So, I thought I’d ask – what do you do if you don’t have fiber to use as a lead. And she answered. Not only did she answer me, she answered me with a 20 minute video that answered a LOT of my beginning drop spindle questions.
She has no idea how much I appreciate what she has done – but now the man has fear because now… NOW I can make my own yarn in addition to buy it. The day will come when he opens the guest bedroom door and he is welcomed with a wall of yummy, delicious, colorful yarn.
This, my friends, is a picture of my very first drop spindle yarn! The fiber is blank – so I know when I’m done, I’m going to try and dye it too! I’ll most likely give the kool-aid method a whirl, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.
I’m spinning a rather lightweight yarn. I’d say thinner than DK but not quite lace. Perhaps fingering weight?
I’m having such a good time now and its all thanks to dalequan.