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Having read so many blogs, sites and watched lots of you-tube's...I really wanted to try my drop-spindle that husband gave me for Xmas.
Now...I need help!! I have no experience, and no-one to show me...so please help me if you can...
I washed Hamish' fleece on the flyscreens as directed...Then I hand-carded it...
The I read the drop-spindle instructions (and then got daughter to read it too), and then I gave it a go with the black Alpaca fleece that the spindle came with...
Hmmm... the 'yarn' is twisted, but when I let go it twists further into a twist and is very hard to straighten, is that right? The yarn is also very hard, not soft at all!
If I can get this right, I can get a spinning wheel LOL!
Daughter and I have washed some of Sherman's fleece and then felted it with a needle (for AGES) to make a little felted alpaca (sorry no photo, Daughter gave it away!!!!).
These experiments take place in a very stringent time-frame...I get one and a half hours whilst 2y.o has a nap! Meanwhile 15y.o is practicing on his electric organ, wearing his Bob Marley beanie, and every now and again the jack for his headphones becomes loose and I get a blast of 'rock n roll' JOY!!
Anyway...questions I need answered...am I using too much fleece? Should I aim for thinner 'yarn'? I have just started spinning Hamish's fleece and that is going much better (I think it is better as it his first shear and his fleece is very soft), but how do I stop the yarn from unwinding when I am finished?
Oh, joining the fleece bits together from my 'cloud' of Hamish, is like on the movie Avatar when the characters join their hair to the horse LOL.