Tuesday, April 6, 2010

You Know You Need Therapy When ...

Camy here! And yes, I am admitting I probably need therapy.

Since January, I’ve been learning how to spin wool into yarn. Yes, going way old school! I decided to learn because a lot of knitters spin yarn, and I thought it sounded kind of neat, and I may as well try it.

Well I bought a drop spindle and loved learning how to use it! Spinning is incredibly soothing. Something about the feel of the wool and the physical motions of drafting and stuff is just really relaxing.

So then I started haunting Craigslist and found a used spinning wheel for really cheap. The picture above is what it looks like. It’s a Louet S15, basically a beginner’s wheel.

And here’s the yarn I made! You can see the varying degrees of ugliness. :) I am also experimenting with different drafting methods so that’s also why the second skein from the left is so incredibly uneven.

So why do I need therapy? Possibly from LOVING THIS NEW HOBBY WAY TOO MUCH THAN IS HEALTHY FOR ME! I stay up late spinning! I can’t wait to ply my yarn! I want to try all kinds of new types of spinning! I have even calculated that spinning my own yarn can sometimes be cheaper than buying it and I am seriously considering spinning my own yarn for a cardigan I want to knit!


I need serious help.

Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Her novels Single Sashimi and Deadly Intent are out now. She runs the Story Sensei critique service, is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she gives away Christian novels and ponders frivolous things. Sign up for her newsletter YahooGroup for giveaways!


Unknown said...

A cardigan would be amazing! You should do it!

EllenToo said...

If spinning is soothing to you then that is a good thing. As far as the varying degrees of ugliness only by spinning until you learn how to do it properly can you get rid of the ugliness (not that I'm saying it's ugly) And go ahead and spin the yarn and make a cardigan.

Camy Tang said...

LOL Thanks, guys! Are you giving me permission to buy more wool? ;)

Cecelia Dowdy said...

Where do you buy the wool to spin? Do you get it at a craft or yarn store? Different strokes for different folks! I can't imagine knitting anything, let alone spinning my own yarn! I'd be committed after doing those tasks, they'd make me insane! :-)

adge said...

The yarn doesn't look bad. Everyone has to start from some point and work up which is how we always get really good at something. I think the multicolored one looks best.

Camy Tang said...

Cecelia, I buy the wool roving online, but I also went to yarn convention a few weeks ago and bought the pink/green one there. Something about touching all that soft roving just made me buy it! LOL

Adge--thanks! You're right!

Missy Tippens said...

Sounds very relaxing, Camy! And I think your yarn looks great!

Camy Tang said...

Thanks, Missy and MaryBelle!