The next step was spinning. A friend made a hand spindle for me and helped me get started. I found the process frustrating because it is so slow and not being coordinated didn’t help. I would concentrate on the fiber and forget to spin the spindle. I decided very soon in the spindle lessons that a spinning wheel was the answer.
I advertised on “Trading Post” in our local area but got no calls. Then out of the blue in November, about a month after the ad I received a phone call. He had an old spinning wheel that had belonged to his wife, who had recently passed away. It was a lovely little Saxony style wheel and at first glance I thought it might be a showpiece, as the woman didn’t use it but just had it in the living room as a quaint conversation item. But after checking it over, it had all the working parts. After bringing it home, and putting a new cotton drive string on, it spins a lovely, fine weight yarn.
About a month later, also from a previous inquiry I had made, I purchased a lovely little wheel called “Traveler” made by Ashford. It can make a heavier yarn, so between the two wheels, I’m well away. The top photo shows the first yarn I spun. The natural colored hot pad is a crocheted singles and the tea pot cozy is two ply knitted (both from my ewes wool). The bottom photo shows some roving that I have hand painted and predrafted in preparation for spinning.