Big Wheel Keeps on Turnin
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce the world to my spinning wheel. She is a Kromski Mazurka in the light finish, and I love her with every fiber (pun intended) of my being.
I have never taken a spinning class, never sat down with a master spinner to learn the tricks, and have had very few opportunities to even watch other spinners. Like many of my crafts, I have taught myself from books, and of course from YouTube!
As a result, I don’t spin the finest of yarns. They are uneven. They are usually thicker than I intend. And my singles are too tight, my ply’s too loose.
But I don’t really mind. What I love is the process of spinning. I love sitting at my wheel and transforming lovely fiber into lovely yarn. I love the process of drafting. And I love the zen moment when everything is working together just the way it is supposed to. I love the challenge of spinning different types of fibers and figuring out how thick the singles need to be. Can I use a long draft or a shorter draft? More efficient and experienced spinners know these things before they start. But I like to figure it out as I go. It doesn’t take long. And it’s all part of the process.