In direct contrast to my first efforts at spinning with a wheel [ which could have easily been used as substitute fencing wire in any goat-escape emergency ] Nadie has produced 104 metres of quite lovely – and, very knittable – wool and alpaca on her trusty 28 gram osage orange drop spindle from Ron [ aka spinningwoodie ] whom we met at the Australian Wool & Sheep Show back in July.
I now know why I haven’t had too much success with the spindle that I bought from a different vendor a few years back.
The other chap is a perfectly competent woodturner BUT Ron is both a great woodturner AND a spinner of 30 years experience. It definitely does make a difference to have the maker understand your craft [ especially if he then spends half an hour or more teaching the wannabe spinner the basics of park-and-draft, and explaining a lot of the finer points that I had to learn by trial and error ]
This yarn has been spun here, at Nonna’s, in the back garden at The Dove Cafe, on the train to Melbourne and back, on the platforms at Southern Cross and Mount Waverley Stations, in the Dentist’ waiting room, and on Tuesday at The Royal Melbourne Show, where Nadie was helping out at the Sustainable Backyard. Something that would have been a little bit harder to do with my Ms Charlotte Sheridan [ sheridan celtic ] as she isn’t exactly small and gets positively snarky after being thrown into the back of the car.
Anyway, be that as it may, here’s Nadie’s first completed – and very well travelled – yarn:
One ply is some [ presumably ] wool roving from the back room at the Bendigo Woollen Mills provided by Ron
The other ply is some of my Alpaca , also from BWM.
The current plan is to dye it burgundy/red/purple and possibly to make some wristwarmers that will accomodate the first few metres of ‘yarn-with-character’.
Not surprisingly Nadie already has two other yarns in production … but that will have to wait for another day.