|This wheel is a saxony style.|
In June, I tagged along with my mom to a meeting of the spinning group she recently joined. Once a month, they meet at a woman's home in Grand Rapids and just spin and talk (and eat delicious snacks). Just before we left to go, my mom pulled out a spinning wheel from her car. She'd bought it that day from the oldest group member who could no longer spin as often. Since my mom already had a wheel, she let me use the new one (which is actually older in years) to see how I liked it. As I've fallen in love with it since then, I consider it an early Christmas present. So I brought it to the spinning group that night and one of the ladies helped me get it going.
Having first learned to spin using a spindle, it was actually quite easy to transfer to a wheel. The drafting method is much the same, it's just a matter of learning how quickly the spin enters the fiber and how quickly the yarn is drawn onto the spool. With a little adjustment of the tension, this can be balanced out pretty easily. And it's SO much faster and less tiring than using a spindle. Although the spindle is great because of how portable and simple it is, I now prefer spinning on the wheel.
|Some of the first wool I spun.|
And finally, I spun this bluish green 70/30 merino wool and silk blend. I got this fiber from a festival at Klackle's orchard in Greenville in May, and it was beautifull to spin. The long fibers twisted together nicely for a smooth, drapey, glossy yarn. I can't wait to knit a little cowl or hat out of it!
|Spinning the silk/merino blend|
|Twist entering the fiber|
|I love the sea-green colors.|
|This lazy kate and three extra spools came with the wheel.|
|Starting to ply|
|The finished skein|