Which is what my head was doing after a full day of spinning lessons! My sister and I took the lesson together. Our teacher was Melodi at The Portland Fiber Gallery.
My sister took to spinning like a fish to water; I did not. I struggled. But by the 4th hour, something began to click. I was by no means good but I felt like everything was finally working together.
We used Louet Spinning wheels. My first difficulty came immediately with being able to make the wheel go in the right direction! It just didn’t want to. Here’s the spinning wheel I used and that I get to practice on for at least the next month:
My second difficulty seemed to be in the releasing of the fiber to the wheel! Resulting in a lovely tangle of yarn! Using the small amount of yarn that I was able to create plus what I think was extra from my sister, I made my first sad little skein:
As I said, something did click in the last hour so I have rented the Louet for the next 5 weeks from Melodi. I have this first to use:
to make yarn and ply together.
Then I have this when I think I am ready:
I am going to take this a step at a time. I have Melodi’s words and concepts in my head and I have many spinners in my virtual world to view their work. I want to do this and I am not looking beyond this first month.
So spinning head notwithstanding I am going to learn to spin!