I gave it another try this morning (with my hair pulled back into a tidy bun this time around…I learned my lesson yesterday!), and here’s what I got:
The picture on the top left is of my very first attempt at spinning yarn that did not incorporate my own hair. It’s sort of terrible, but I know I’m supposed to expect that! The picture on the middle left is of my second attempt, which I did manage to keep a bit more even. The big picture is this second attempt, with my hand for scale. It’s sort of “Lamb’s Pride Bulky”-ish, except, you know, crappy, and only a few yards long. The final picture is of the sad results of my attempt to ply the two first yarns together, just for kicks. I have something of an idea of what might’ve gone wrong, but as you can probably see, I mostly managed to just remove the twist from both of the strands. Ooops.
I am so full of questions right now. It’s strange…with knitting, when I was teaching myself, I was more than happy to just play around and try things out on my own until they looked right, but with spinning, I feel so much more nervous and uncertain. I think most of that is because whereas with knitting, I could screw up royally, unravel the mess, and try again…with spinning, once I’ve royally screwed up a chunk of fiber, it’s pretty much done. And I know, in the abstract, that I’m not really “wasting” it, since it’s all part of the learning process, but it still, uh, sort of feels like I’m wasting it. Maybe I can ball it up and use it to stuff handknit toys, or something.
I think I know where I’m going wrong with some things. Like, I know my yarn is crazy bulky because I’m letting way too much fiber into the twist as I’m drafting, but I’m failing to actually turn this knowledge into an ability to actually let less fiber in at a time. One thing I totally don’t get is how to keep the yarn from untwisting when I decide to stop spinning…the ends of both of my little pieces are just untwisting themselves into fluff, which is exactly what it seems like they should do, once I stop holding the twist in with my pinched fingers. So I just don’t get how that’s supposed to NOT happen, even after reading lots and lots about the whole process and watching pretty much every video I could find. I’m half tempted to clip a barrette around the ends or something, but I’ve never read/seen anything about that, so I feel like I’m missing something.
I figure I’ll just keep trying a little bit at a time, in hopes that my hands start to work out what they need to do. I can’t handle too much at once right now anyway, as I’m tired and achy as all get-out, and am under doctor’s orders to be getting as much rest as possible lest I wind up needing to be hospitalized for this respiratory stuff that I can’t seem to kick. So…I’m off to take a nap. Maybe I’ll dream of spinning.