My first time using a drop spindle
I have been wanting to spin our llama wool for a while (we had llamas a few years ago) so when I got a drop spindle I was really excited to learn how to spin! At first we had to fix my spindle a little, it needed a little sanding down and it needed a hook. We didn’t know how well our llama’s wool would work so we went to our friend’s house and got some sheep wool that was ready to spin. This is called roving. Then I went and looked at our processed llama wool to see if it was kind of like roving and it is. Then the real fun began – spinning the wool! First I did the sheep wool, then the llama wool. The good thing about spinning wool on a drop spindle is that it’s fun, it makes yarn that my sister can use to knit with, and it was really easy! ~Bethany
This is Bethany’s first blog post ever! Since she did the spinning, I thought she should write about her experience personally. I’m just going to add a few notes to add some more specific information. The drop spindle she bought came from the gift shop at The Little House on Rocky Ridge. That’s not the official name of the place, but it is the house where Laura and Almanzo Wilder lived with their daughter Rose in Mansfield, Missouri. We visited it last July. The instructions that came with the spindle were confusing to us, so Bethany went to YouTube and searched for a video to see how using a drop spindle was done. What we found is that the one we bought – as is – wasn’t going to work with any instructions we saw. The video we liked the best was by Megan LaCore. This is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gXTWgMeMgI We noticed there was a little hook at the end of her spindle, so Bethany asked Dad to sand off the pointed end of hers and screw in a small cup hook. It now works great! The yarn with the llama fiber is a little thick, so we’ll have to see what, exactly, we can do with it. It seems way too fat to knit with. Maybe someone needs to learn to crochet? We’ll see. But for now she’s at least learning the basics of spinning. From now on it’s fine tuning.
The sheep’s wool we used came from our friend and neighbor, Deborah Boehle of Antiquity Oaks Farm. www.antiquityoaks.com. She’s had a flock of Shetland sheep for years and was nice enough to let Bethany have a little roving to practice on because we weren’t sure how well the llama fiber would spin with a drop spindle. Thanks, Deborah