“Something amazing!”

Still spinning the first 4oz bobbin of Crown Mountain Farms superwash merino, it’s been two weeks now. For light relief I spindle spun some of the ounce of baby camel I got at Maryland Sheep and Wool in a coffee shop with Irene. Two engineering students at the table next to us stopped what they were doing and just stared, saying "There’s something amazing going on next to us and we don’t know what it is." A French lady stopped by, fascinated with the silk hankie Irene was working on. Spinning in public can be fun!

Picked up Teach yourself visually – Handspinning by Judith MacKenzie McCuin on Sunday. I’m still hazy on woolen vs. worsted spinning, but one gem is worth the entire book: spinning cotton is easier on a spindle than a wheel. I have some blue sky cotton that I couldn’t wheel spin and now I have hope again. It’s cotton with recycled blue jeans carded in.

Learned a ton from the plying tutorials on Abby’s Yarns, (part 1 and part 2 so far). Best lesson so far was that I can put in a lot more plying twist without ruining the yarn. I like tightly plied yarn to knit with.