Maybe it did in fact collect a little dust, but more on that later...
It cranked out my first skein of yarn which I'm just beetroot red with embarrassment with, after doing some picture browsing on the internet of drool worthy skeins! But heck, I'll post my humble yarn for everyone to see. It is loose, wriggly and wrinkly, thick in parts and skinny in others. But it's a skein, right?! A real, live (maybe not so live), skein, produced in my own home.
|The first skein|
I have settled on something utilitarian instead, using 2 strands crocheted together to camouflage all of my beginner quirks, it will hopefully be a bag. A very useful bag, I hope. And strong - two strands strong!
|First project with homespun - a bag!|
"But it's just dust!" I wailed. "How much ash does the fire throw out over winter?" was my argument in defence of Dusty. The protests went on, and as much as it pains me to admit it, but there was in fact quite a bit of dust around the place. Gritty, grass-seedy dust. On the couch, the floor and me. And let's hasten to add...headed for the children...and their youthful ,unblemished lungs. Resigned to the fact that no spinning of Dusty was going to take place in this current condition, I have placed him quietly back in the bag to rethink his emergence into The Lounge Room. This is how far I got with this one:
|See? Beautiful! What colour. Feel my joy. And my pain.|
The person who sold me the spinning wheel was kind enough to include it in the sale, and it brings a smile to my face to see that, being a man, he thought it needed a 'power grip' handle in striking blue 'sport foam'. A nice touch. It's actually very comfy!!
The same generous soul also passed along some more fibers for me to play with:
Is it a "batt?" I am a little confused by all of the new terms, she did tell me it was Merino though, and it is wonderfully soft with lovely variegated colours througout.
I have been spinning it like this:
I have no idea what it will be yet!