Yesterday I went and bought some new wheels. Sleek, rose colored, needs a little wax. One pedal. Not a new truck, a spinning wheel! You all saw it coming. I have been bit by the fiber bug. It’s a pity coordination is not my middle name. I am providing free entertainment if anyone wants to come over and watch me attempt to push a pedal with my foot and use my fingers to pull and push and try not to knot and twist too much beautiful roving into respectable and lush yarn. Last night I made dreadlocks. That should make an interesting scarf! I feel like a small child, tongue sticking out, in deep concentration, temper tantrum in the end.
I should change the name of this blog to the “Patient Farmgirl” for I have had two lessons now on spinning and should be making skeins of luxurious yarn by now! Okay, the first lesson I did talk a lot, the second was good though. Now, it is a matter of practice, and according to spinners and books I have read, it will just hit me and I will all of a sudden be able to spin. Much like when I learned how to drive a stick shift I imagine (another feat where one must do two things at the same time) only less dangerous.
Spinning wheels cost pretty pennies and I hesitated (for a minute) to give up $600 plus dollars. It came out of my homesteading fund that I have been religiously putting money into (slow but sure; I think I can afford a wood stove and a chicken coop so far). I figured that this is a homesteading craft. One that can bring in a little income, allow us to have farm animals without feeling like we have to eat them, make my own yarn (I spend a bit on good yarn), and make that much more of our own things. I could even learn to weave at some point and make our own fabric. That is pretty ambitious though, I’d have to say!
I cannot wait to be out at the barn with my alpacas and my sheep. Right now I have been out with the chickens and the greyhound. Not much fleece on those guys. So, I do have a friend that will sell me one of his alpaca’s “blankets” or fleece. I will have to card it or have it milled to turn it into roving in order to spin it. That is this week’s task. Price, find, conquer fleece. Because once I do master this spinning yarn thing, I want to have my beautiful roving at the ready. I am going to color it in natural herb dyes of my own making. Spin some that is natural colored. You will see them on the table at the farmer’s market and maybe on the website. If I am worth my apron strings as a farmgirl, I tell you now, I will have luxurious (limited quantity!) yarn ready to share come June. It won’t be perfect but it will be “artsy” and farmgirl-ready to knit or crochet into something wonderful.