|My new Lendrum Spinning Wheel|
At first I intended to get a single treadle (one-peddle) design, but after trying out the double-treadle, I knew I had to have it. Apparently, I'm not that coordinated to pedal with one foot while trying to draft the fiber. At first all I was doing was watching my feet - how funny is that? And of course by not paying attention to the lead or my drafting, I was pinching and holding the lead to tightly which then caused my yarn to be overspun and it knotted up on the bobbin.
The best part is this wheel spins so smoothly and once I can figure out the right bobbin tension my yarn will come out a little better. Because as you can see my first attempts at spinning are not pretty but I really enjoyed the process of spinning it myself. I plied one cake of three-ply and a small cake of two-ply:
|Two-ply on the left, three-ply on the right|
|On the left: two-ply, three ply on the right|
|Wheel came with a 3-bobbin Lazy Kate|
(Purple-dyed corriedale - 2nd attempt at spinning)
Weaving Works threw in a bottle of spinning wheel oil
free fiber, & a WPI tool with the purchase of my wheel
|Second bobbin with spun yarn|
To all the spinners out there, got any tips or tricks for a newbie? I'm looking forward to getting proficient at my new adventure and hearing from all of you expert spinners out there!