With the help of friends, Rose Perkins and Jeanne Sarna, and two on-line courses, I'm learning how to spin. I decided to use my first spun yarns to make a free-form crochet sweater.
Rose gave me one of her spinning wheels, a Louet. My first attempts were bulky and and uneven.
With pre-drafting (Thanks, Jeanne, for the info!) and practice, I am starting to spin my yarn a little more finely and evenly.
I spun these two single yarns into a two plied variegated yarn. A cardboard box and two barbeques skewers work well as my Lazy Kate.
This is a two ply white merino I wound into a skein and washed it before winding it into a ball.
A little over-twisted, curling singles, and unbalanced - Signs of a novice spinner!
Being a fiber adventurer I decided to make some free-form yarn. Following Rose's suggestion, I randomly combined white, grey, brown, and black Corriedale, Romney, and Merino wools with some lovely brown Alpaca. Then I plied the combined yarn together to get a wonderful "art" yarn.
I heard that it was a good idea to keep your first spun yarn to remember where you started. I decided to take mine and make a free-form crocheted sweater.
I am Terrie Voigt, and I'm a textile and glass artist. I create art in both mediums and at times combine textiles with glass to create multi-media pieces or wearable art with glass closures.