It will be 5 years now since I have had my Icelandic sheep and 4 years since I have had my angora rabbits. I've learned a lot about them both and harvested a lot of fibre. And I've hired someone to spin it for me. Actually spinning sounded like it would take patience and a lot of time to learn to do. But it was still there on my list of things I want to learn. Its actually a long list.
Last spring, my angora rabbit mentor, Sue of Daisy Hill, gave me a drop spindle and some roving and showed me how to do it when I went down to her Washington farm to get some new angoras. After I got home, I faithfully spun all the roving. And my dreaming got a little more close to the surface, a little more urgent. Occasionally I would watch YouTube videos about how to spin angora and about different spinning wheels. I contacted the Spinners and Weavers Guild about how to join and learn how to take my raw sheep fleeces from raw to yarn. I talked to my spinning friend. I percolated. And I was inspired by Amanda Soule on SouleMama who got some Shetland sheep (very similar to Icelandic) last year and learned how to spin and then made herself a shawl. Look she was doing it! I wanted to do it!
Then, I came across this video, suggested to me by YouTube because of other videos I had saved to my playlists. Its one of a 4 part series by Knitpicks. I watched them all. I couldn't help myself. I ordered that drop spindle from knitpicks. It arrived today.
|Can you see the rolags there on the bed? My first pile of rolags!|
And then... I did it! I hooked up the fibre from those rolags and I started to spin with that turkish spindle. And it worked!
I went very slow. I took my time. I pinched, I spun to the right, I parked, I let the twist up, I wound and I did it over and over again.
I cannot describe with words the joy, the deep happiness and excitement and sense of serenity that came over me as I did this thing that I have wanted to do since I knew that one could do such a thing - since I was younger than Rhiannon.
Here is my Turkish spindle and my growing cop of yarn. Its all I can do to tell you about it here and force myself to go to bed and not stay up all night doing more of it...
In my mind while I was doing it, I just kept thinking... "Oh my God! I am doing it! I'm doing it!" Why yes, I am!