Saturday, January 28, 2012

Because I Really Need Another Hobby...

I mentioned the other day that I took a spinning class. One of the women in my knitting group hosted a class, and for $30 we got a bunch of roving (I think that's the right word...), a spindle, an instruction booklet, and a two hour class. Here's my spindle:

I'm so smart, so of course I forgot to take a picture of the roving before I started spinning it...oops. But here's the teeny batch I made during the class itself:

I wanted to practice more all week, but since it's something I'm very new to I didn't want to work on it until I had several hours to sit down and work on it, so for a little while the long days at work were translating to no practice time. Then I had to get a tetanus shot, and they tell you that your arm will be sore for a few days, but THEY LIE. My everything was sore for a few days. Especially my spinning arm. So I finally felt better last night, and after I got home and took a much-needed nap, I spun for several hours last night and came up with batch number two:

...which looks considerably crappier than batch number one...

I think I'm getting worse.

It's going to take quite a bit of practice before I'm any good at it. Once I get better at it I'll decide if it's something I want to keep trying and if it is, I'll look into buying a spinning wheel. Until then, I'm going to make baby batches of yarn until I'm sick of it.

In other yarning news, I finished a sock:

It's Pyroclastic from I know it's hard to see the pattern in this picture, but it's very pretty and hugs my feet like a little bit of yarny heaven. I'm in the middle of the cuff for the second one, and then I really need to get started on a wedding shawl for a friend (off-white baby alpaca laceweight, oh yes!).


Kim said...

Thank god you're spinning yarn and not riding those tiny exercise bikes while some really skinny lady calls out speeds. :)

I think the yarn you say is crappy looks fantastic. You are going to have a major skill here in a minute that will allow you to live rent free after the zombie apocalypse. :)

Kwiddens said...

I want some crab legs. But not made out of yarn. Real crab legs. With butter. And lemon. And butter.