On our anniversary trip out to West Virginia, we stopped at a local yarn store and I took the plunge into spinning! I've been thinking about it for a long time now, and talking to the woman at the store (who was spinning alpaca wool right there in the shop) made it seem like the right time to leap. She even gave me an impromptu lesson!
Here's the beautiful wool I bought to spin with. The brown is wool, and the white is Alpaca. The woman at the store was spinning the white alpaca, and tore off a piece for me to try my hand at it.
I should point out that I'm not spinning on a spinning wheel - I'm learning to spin using a drop spindle. It's the same idea as a spinning wheel, but instead of powering it with your feet, you get the spinning motion for dropping the spindle.
It's tricky. It took me a few hours just to figure out how to do it right, and I'm still not sure I am. But my yarn did get better and more controlled toward the end of my wool.
You can see that it's still kind of choppy and un-even. But I figured out how to make different weight yarns and learned how to control it better. So I call it progress.
And I'm hooked! I can't wait to buy some more wool roving to keep trying and learning more. A whole new world is open!