knitting, Spinning

Putting a Spin on Knit

I have been interested in learning how to spin on a spindle since I saw the Spin City stall at Festiwool last November and Louise, the owner, was kind enough to give us a quick demonstration.

Spin City SpindesI was tempted to buy one there and then but I held off as I had a lot of other projects to be getting on with that the time. So when my friend (and podcaster extraordinaire) Vero mentioned doing a spinning session at our monthly knit night I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give a go!

Vero kindly put in an order at Spin City for some spindles and luckily they arrived on Wednesday night, just in time for knit night 🙂 This was the spindle I chose.

Spin City SpindleVero also brought along some bags of fibre for us to try with the spindles.

Spindles and fibreWe joined the fibre to the spindle using a piece of scrap yarn…

Spindle

And off we went!

Spinning

This was my very first attempt and as you can see the yarn is varying in thickness…I have a lot of practicing to do!

Today I took the yarn off the spindle and transferred it to the middle of a kitchen roll as I was curious to see how it would knit up. You can see how uneven it is from the stitches on the needle…

Knitted hand spun

…and just look at the cast on stitches too! I kinda like it though 🙂

The drafting and spinning process hasn’t ‘clicked’ for me yet but I am sure it will with more practice. And on that note I’m off to give it another go – wish me luck! 🙂

14 thoughts on “Putting a Spin on Knit”

    1. Thank you! I’m hoping I will get more even the more I practice. I’ve been given a handy tip to keep it by the kettle and pick it up for a few minutes every time I make a cup of tea!

  1. If I ever saw a spindle as beautiful as those I would buy one for sure and learn to ‘spindle’ later 🙂 I love hand spun yarn and the more variation the better as it gives a wonderful texture to simple pieces. What fun Jem! xo

  2. Such a pretty spindle. I did learn last year, but I’m afraid I couldn’t get excited about it. Each to their own I guess. Glad you’re enjoying it. I’m sure you’ll get the hang of making more even yarn very quickly.

  3. I think your yarn looks great… I’m sure I’ve worked with commercially produced yarn that was less even! It really does give a great texture – your spinnings will make some super chunky knits. Enjoy! 😀

      1. Yes, it’s a pretty slow process 😆 I’m sure some people must have spent their entire lives with a drop spindle in hand before the spinning wheel was invented…

  4. Looks great! I’m also learning to spin. It’s not easy (at least for me) but I’m going to keep practicing as I think I’ll enjoy it even more once I actually become good at it 🙂

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