I did it, I actually made yarn. Or rather, I made some uneven singles that may or may not function as yarn once I’ve finished my homework and plied them. This is my classwork on the left, and my homework on the right:
The roving comes from a sheep of unknown heritage that lives (or lived) somewhere in Missouri. That’s all we know. There’s another chunk to spin before I get to the homework ball. The Cascade Little Si spindle seems to do a decent job. There were three others in the class, and I was youngest by about thirty years. It took a while to get the hang of, and I did drop the spindle several times, but by the end I think I was doing a decent job.
It’s all in the drafting, I was trying to spin too much at once last time. Way too much at once! We started with 8 inch lumps of sheep, split them lengthways and teased them out until they were wispy, then spun a length of yarn as a leader, tied it on the spindle and started for real. This is about 2 hours work. Spinning is a lot slower than I expected, but I’m hoping you get faster with time. Pre-drafting will help, I was doing that near the end of the class.
Next week we’re using wheels and get to take one home for the week. A spinning wheel, in my house…