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 Knitty.com. 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!).