I had my very first attempt at spinning last week, on a taster session at our new Heritage Skills Centre. We (there were two of us, so were able to get lots of attention from the tutor) learnt how to make rolags (wool 'sausages' ready for spinning) from washed fleece, using carders. I was fine with that part of the process, as I am used to using carders for my felting. However, the spinning was a whole new thing! I hadn't appreciated that your hands should be constantly moving the fleece - teasing with the back hand and feeding with the front. If I left my fingers holding the wool too long, 'over spinning' happened, where the yarn twists back on itself and then won't go onto the bobbin properly. I became very good at 'over spinning'!
Now and then, I thought I had got it and for a few brief moments, I was spinning a nice thin yarn. Then I forgot to move my fingers quickly enough and I got large lumpy bits as can be seen above - oops!
Here is my first attempt which the tutor plyed into 2 ply yarn. I think I shall use it as embellishments on my felt. The tutor was really nice and said we had done really well for beginners! My mum has a spinning wheel, so I may have another go next time I visit.
After two crochet sessions, here is as far as I got with the hat. I ended up having to undo quite a bit as I had gone wrong, but never mind. I am not sure I shall complete the hat as I am not a hat person and this would be a close fitting cloche type hat. Probably not a good look! However, now that I can do chains and trebles, (well, sort of), I may have a try at a simpler pattern.