So, two weeks ago, this happened!
I put a call out on my local Ravelry forum for a rent or rent-to-own spinning wheel and in just a matter of hours, a sweet and generous soul replied to my plea.
IamMo arrived the next Monday with this Lendrum double treadle in tow as well as her identical second wheel and enough fibre to completely cover my dining table. I thought she’d brought it to show me but she brought it for me to spin with!
Spinning looks a lot easier on YouTube.
Here’s my first mess:
Ugly, isn’t it. I practised 4 hours every day, before and after work.
I am much better and certainly more consistent than what you see here but not as consistent as I aim to be but it takes time and more practise.
Here’s where I am today, 2 weeks later, a 2-ply worsted weight (worsted spun) which I can actually knit with!
Corriedale fibre is a great beginner fibre, it has a long staple and relatively easy to spin. I think I have enough to actually make a poncho!
Below are photos of some Polworth fibre I spun and plied in my first week, love the colours!