Back in June I bought some alpaca top and a drop spindle. For a while there, I didn’t touch it. It’s been hot, the fiber is delicious but sheds, and I ached in a funny way the days after I would spin.
But buying a copy of Spin It: Making Yarn From Scratch got me back into the groove. I read a few pages about technique, which helped a whole lot compared to my previous attitude of driving like a guy without asking directions. I was having trouble keeping the yarn on the spindle though, so I took off what I had spun and wound it on my niddy-noddy, which helped me measure – a whopping 36 yards for all that work.
The diagrams indicated that I’d been winding the spun yarn in the wrong direction, so correcting that sped things up a bit. And the book explained that leaving the yarn on the bobbin for a few days can help set the twist, but I followed the directions for wetting and drying it anyway.
Tomorrow I’ll have enough dry alpaca yarn for one whole mitten! And I spun a bit more, which is slightly finer than the initial batch.
I actually bought another pound or so of this top, thinking that one day I’ll have enough for a jacket. Well. At this rate, I am not making any promises.