For those of you who follow my blog know that I enjoy knitting albeit slowly. My mother in law is a fellow knitter but can take it one step further by spinning her yarn. They used to have sheep when they lived stateside so she learned how to spin.
It’s something I have been curious about but viewed it as something intimidating. The kids and I had a lesson from her and the technique isn’t difficult but it will take practice to get it down.
It’s a bit like rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time. And you have to get the treadle timing right or you will reverse the wheel!
My MIL knows how to do all the steps including carding but she also gets what you call roving. The wool has been prepped for spinning.
As it is spun it will collect on the large bobbin.
Because it is impractical to spin everything all at once and there are times where the end you are spinning will get sucked through and onto the bobbin a hook is used to thread it back out.
The technique itself is easy but it’s difficult to get the feel for it where the yarn is spun evenly. When I was doing it parts of it were chunky and parts got quite thin. Once you get the wheel spinning the left hand pinches the wool at the top and the right hand pulls the wool out.
Release the left hand and the wool will spin down to the right hand.
This a continuous movement while treadling. Once you fill the bobbin another needs to be filled. Then you spin both together for a double knit. Otherwise the yarn will curl up on itself.
I have to say I really enjoyed this. It’s hard not to think of all the possibility with dying the wool!
This is fantastic and so unusual!
Thank you! I really recommend trying it.
I spin on a double treadle and it seems more forgiving than a single. Spinning takes time and practice and my favorite part, experimenting! It’s like driving a car, eventually you get a feel for it and correct without much attention. There are groups on facebook and ravelry if you have questions or need help finding books and tutorials. Many great guys and gals there.
Thanks for the tips! 😊
This is the most amazing post!!!!
Thank you! My son has found this fascinating.
I can’t wait to get my hands on a spinning wheel. I’m itching to try it and this has me wanting to more than ever!
I’m thinking of getting one now!
This is fascinating!!! I’ve never even thought about doing this but it’s so tempting!!! By the way, I’ve been having fun making little baby girl cardigans and blankets!!! And they go so fast!
You’ll have to share with us what you are making!