Thursday, January 19, 2012

Say Hello to Matilda

The kids suggested this name, and I think it appropriate, as when we brought her home, a large bag of sheep fleece came too ;)

She is a gorgeous Ashford Traveller about 15-20 years old.

With no knowledge of spinning, other than a great interest, youtube and one book that I was reading, I asked for tips at the shop when I purchased her. It was suggested that I start with a raw fleece, as due to the lanolin, it made the fibers more 'grabby' and easier to learn how to spin.

So I headed home with my supplies and started to play. Using a comb to tease and clean the fleece as I worked on it, I just jumped right in! I managed to get 2 bobbins about 1/2 filled yesterday, and left them to sit overnight. Then I plied them together this morning. My first skein of yarn! Yay :) It works out to about 20m lol, so not very much. But I made it and that is all that matters.

I have another 2 bobbins sitting, and they look much more uniform today - so I will try and ply them tomorrow.



Tracy aka Mad Quilter said...

Yay another addict is born!!!!!! Congratulations

The Handmaden said...

You know, with all this talk on CMs about spinning wheels I'm really kicking myself that my MIL had one to give away a few years ago and I said no because I thought I wouldn't use it!
Enjoy Matilda, I'm sure you'll become very good friends.

Tas said...

Ooooh! Exciting. Enjoy the new addition to your family :)

JulieT said...

congrats Liz Its beautiful Enjoy your new love!

Joy said...

Wow, it's a beautiful spinning wheel, and you must feel very productive making your own yarn!

Sally said...

Love the name.
I'm a little bit jealous I have to say. Spin spin spin away. Fabulous.