Recently I noticed a post on GirlanachronismE's blog about buying a "learn to spin" kit. She cunningly included the link to the etsy listing, and a few clicks later I appeared to have ordered one for myself *laughs*
I'd been meaning to give it a go for a while, and the day I saw that post my blog reader had quite a few posts about spinning popping up all over the place. So I took the plunge.
I started with this lovely fluff:
A short time later, I had this:
Followed by a ball of spun singles:
It almost looks like yarn already *smiles* But then I made another one of these and plied them together, to make this:
This is the pre-soaked yarn, which was washed, dried and skeined to become this:
Real live yarn *grins, a lot*
It's thick and thin and overspun and underspun, but I made it myself and it looks like actual yarn *happy dance* I'm pretty impressed, as you can no doubt tell ;)
Boyfriend was wonderfully patient when he came home to me thrusting it into his hands and repeatedly telling him "look, I made yarn" *laughs* And he didn't even groan when I mentioned that if I get into it then the stash might expand to accommodate a fibre stash too ;)
I'm now working on spinning some of the purple blended roving from the kit. I'm pretty slow, and not very good at it just yet, but I'm really enjoying it. Looks like you might see more handspun on here from time to time!