This is actually a long time coming. I finished spinning this yarn weeks ago (back in June). I just hadn’t been able to bring myself to take the newly spun yarn off the bobbin. It looked so pretty there!
I decided the time was right on Wednesday. Along with a lot of yarn and a pompom maker, I ordered a Niddy Noddy from Knit Picks, and everything arrived on Wednesday. I assembled my Niddy Noddy and got right to work winding my yarn onto it, which was much easier than I thought it was going to be. I’m used to winding my yarn off onto the back of a kitchen chair, where you have to make sure it doesn’t slide down and get stuck or start to unwind as you’re going. The Niddy Noddy made this process much faster and much easier.
The fiber is Blue Faced Leicester (BFL), undyed this time. I bought the fiber from Three Waters Farm almost a year ago. I’m used to spinning taking a good two weeks on my drop spindle, so when I finished spinning this in a day on my new spinning wheel, I was just flabbergasted. I let it just sit on the spindle, like I said, until Wednesday.
I have no clue what I’m going to make with it. I might go for something simple like a cowl or hat as I don’t know how much of the yarn I have. Somewhere I have a yardage counter device doohickey, but I haven’t really figured out how to use it. At least neither a cowl nor a hat take up much yarn, and a cowl could take up as much as I want it to if I decide I want a really big cozy one for the chilly winter days.
While I love (love love) Three Waters Farm’s roving, I think it’s time to expand my reach. That and I have only spun with BFL. I have the gorgeous rovings I bought back at the DFW Fiber Fest, but they were so expensive that I’d rather wait until I’m more comfortable with my technique.
What fiber/store suggestions do you have for a fairly newbie spinner?
Have a happy Friday!