When we first took our spinning class together, our teacher said we would probably need to spin about a pound of roving before we felt like we had really gotten the hang of the process. Ladies and gents, I have spun my pound or roving.
From my first fumbled hours at the wheel feeling perplexed and more than a little frustrated, I’ve learned to tweak different tensions and knobs to prevent overspinning. I became more competent and even with my drafting. I have spun wool that looks like yarn! Victory!
I am far from my 10,000 hours of measured skill at spinning though. I struggle to spin anything bulkier than worsted yarns consistently, and I have not attempted (nor currently plan to attempt) fingering or lace weights. I imagine that I will develop these skills later, but for now, I’m happy that I’ve spun my pound and have clearly developed some competence judging from the improved appearance of my spun wool.
Now, I have to decide what to do with the practice yarn I’ve created. I suspect my dog is worried I’ll attempt to knit him a sweater judging from his confused look when I piled up yarn next to him, but I’m not quite that unhinged yet. Of course, I’m open to suggestions on what I should do with my pound-of-roving-turned-yarn stash!
I am, however, ready to buy some new roving and spin something other than the cheapest Corriedale topcoat.