Spinzilla has made for an interesting and fun week. A week before it began, my daughter was signed up by her Grandmother and Aunt. A second notice appeared, so I thought there was a mistake of being double charged. I inquired about it and was told, there was no double charge…I was signed up! Yikes!! ME? Did they remember I have 6 kids and LOTS of dishes? Did they remember I am doing well to get a shower and dinner cooked everyday? My mother and sister reassured me and said, “Just spin what you can.” So begins this journey.
I have watched my daughter spin in the past, and at times I have encouraged her to try to keep the width of the yarn uniform. She is good-natured, so she smiles and untwist, if she is not too far, and tries to correct it. This week I have realized exactly how hard it is to keep the width of the yarn consistent! I tried to spin without pre-drafting (time is not on my side, so surely I don’t have time to pre-draft). It was too hard to draft and I had all kinds of sizes of yarn in just a few twist. Needless to say, I had to re-do my spinning and learn that shortcuts do not always save time. Lesson 1: Learn from others and take advice! I then got my fleece all caught up in a spin. That was a mess! Lesson 2:Keep your fleece away from the spindle. There is a reason for keeping fleece in your hand or over your shoulder and far away from the drop spindle. Lesson 3: Try to have your 2-year-old in bed before spinning, otherwise you will have a tremendous mess to clean up. Lesson 4: It is much easier to spin when you make a cup shape under the whirl. Lesson 5: After a while, it actually is relaxing. Lesson 6: Spinning on the drop spindle goes faster once you have more yarn (and therefore more weight) spun on.
I was hoping to spin a few yards. Today I put my yarn on my Niddy Noddy and found I had spun 65 yards. This is not earth shattering, but for me I am shocked.
We have also had some amusing comments from children, this is one of my favorite interchanges I have heard:
Boy, “What are you doing?”
Daughter “Spinning yarn.”
Boy, “Why do you have to do that?”
Daughter, “To make yarn so I can knit things like scarves, hats, and gloves.”
Boy, “I thought it came off the sheep ready to knit! You actually have to spin it first?!”
This has been a great challenge even though I am a novice. A few friends of my daughters are hoping to join in next year. That will be delightful. A new generation of spinners!