Sometimes you just need a wheel…

6 Oct

Last Monday, ten minutes before I had to be at work, my Kromski Sonata spinning wheel arrived at my front door. I had just enough time to pull everything out of the box, and then assembled it later when I got home from work. I spent a good part of last week spinning 4 ounces worth of wool, then plying it into a final skein of yarn. Making yarn takes so many hours, I had no idea.
I have come to the conclusion that I love my wheel. Making yarn on it really goes much faster than a spindle, so I have named my wheel “Soren.” (That’s also the name of the main owl character in a new series of books I’m reading, so it seemed appropriate.)
The silver spun up a little bit thicker than the natural color, so I have some natural leftover that I’ll probably ply with the remainder lavender I had leftover from the Peekaboo Purple yarn. My techniques have improved so much in just the first week of having my wheel, and I can definitely tell that I’m a wheel girl. I’ll probably never go back to a spindle, but that’s just my personal preference.

“Oatmeal”
4 ounces of Merino Fleece
Natural and Silver
2 ply
332 yards
approximately Fingering Weight

I was so pleased to get over 332 yards of yarn out of the 4 ounces of fleece, so I’ll have enough to make a nice little shawl. This yarn is so cozy, so I can’t wait to knit with it.

Unfortunately, I worked a 9 hour shift at work on Friday, after I spent over 3 hours spinning the day before, so I had to give my ankles a few days’ break. I’m hoping to get back on the wheel by the end of the week. And a new fiber purchase may or may not be headed to my house soon…

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