I first learned to spin on a top whirl drop spindle. I had this grand idea that I would knit a shawl from yarn spun on my little drop spindle. And so I began. I’d spin until my little spindle was full, wind a center pull ball from my spindle, create a 2 ply yarn from the center pull ball on a slightly heavier spindle. Move the 2 ply to a niddy noddy and finally soak to set the twist. Once dry, I would knit my paltry bit of yarn into my SLOWLY growing shawl. What the hell was I thinking! A few months after I started this project I got a spinning wheel.
Ahhhh. I lOVE this wheel. It’s amazing how much faster I can spin yarn. I told my spinning instructor that I was going to finish the yarn for my shawl on my new wheel. She advised against it. She said that the finished yarn would not match. Did I listen. Hell no. I finished spinning the rest of my fiber on the wheel, and after plying, soaking and drying I was ready to finish my shawl.
All done and ready to be plied.
The second I started knitting I knew I was in trouble. The yarn created on the spinning wheel was considerable thinner. The fabric I was creating was totally different. I pondered over it for a couple of days. I brought it to work to show my friend Lisa and get her opinion and in the end, I just couldn’t finish it. I was never going to be happy with it and there are so many more things that I want to make that I decided to cut it loose. I suppose there is a lesson to be learned here but I’m not sure what it is yet.