May. 2nd, 2010

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My shopping list for this years MDS&W (and yes, I MUST have a list to stick to so I don't bankrupt the family) was to purchase 1)only a little bit of yarn (accomplished) and 2)a drop spindle and some roving so I can attempt to make my own yarn for a nalbinding project.

I was not sure about this foray into spinning and while there were many many beautiful spindles to be had, I ended up getting lucky and picking one up for a song in the auction on Saturday. It's a topish whirl spindle that works nicely. Better to try it out on a more affordable spindle, find out if I like it, then move on to the shiny ones! :-)

After looking at all the vendors and not being too excited about the color choices in roving I found a booth in the main hall for Aboundingful Farms. They raise Icelandic Sheep in Palmyra, PA. Their roving was all natural colored and still smelled of lanolin. I love that smell and am always disappointed when yarn has it all processed out.

So I've been playing with spinning this afternoon. It's not going too badly for someone who has never done any meaningful spinning. I only wish I knew what hand spun Icelandic yarn should look like. Mine is a bit fuzzy. It's not smooth like the commercial yarn I'm used too. Is this a fuzzy wool? It's not unpleasant looking but I just just don't have a reference to know how badly or well I'm doing.

So for now I will continue to work on my tension and spin up the roving I have, then see if I can purchase more as I like the Icelandic colors very much.

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