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Petra ([personal profile] hyperbole) wrote2013-03-16 01:55 pm
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My first step towards spinning!

(I haven't really posted here before! Hi! My name is Petra and I am excited to start a new hobby (or a new branch of an established hobby) and this seemed like a good place to share my excitement while it also makes for a shiny first post.)

Today the Edinburgh Yarn Festival is taking place just down the road from where I live. Being avid knitters, of course my flatmate and I had to go! And we're glad we did, because it was fantastically awesome. I have never been to anything similar, so the feeling of being in a crowd of people who share that passion was novel -- and lovely. Not to mention all the amazing things to look at -- and to try.

I guess it was inevitable. I have wanted to learn how to spin for years (ever since I started seeing the angora bunny owners doing it at rabbit shows back in my early teens), and lately I've been looking for actual opportunities. So when I saw the Natural Born Dyers stall with their Spurtzleur spinning sticks it was ... perfect. A glorious moment.

A wooden Spurtzleur spinning stick, a grey and brown batt of fibre and a variegated purple fibre braid.

My Spurtzleur is made from beech wood, with soft conical shapes at each end.

Spurtzleur spinning stick on the accompanying instruction leaflet.

I also found the softest, most pretty-coloured fibre braid thing (merino and silk) to get me started.

Fibre: grey and brown, and variegated purple.

This is a whole new world for me! I know next to nothing about fibres, or about making them into yarn. But I'm very excited to learn! (After I get started on my LAST essay for my degree.)
lizcommotion: a drop spindle and the products of my first week of spinning (7 balls of yarn in various colors) (spinning week 1)

[personal profile] lizcommotion 2013-03-17 02:24 am (UTC)(link)
Eeeee! Exciting! Let me know if you want any tips/info dump. I know nothing about spinning sticks but am very excited to find out about them. However, I have picked up a bit about different fibers and have a giant reference book about them. ^_____^