Saturday, April 18, 2009

Twist and Shout

Class started at nine sharp this morning. Like a dummy, I forgot my camera. Take my word for it, I was there and I have this to show for my effort:


And this:


I bought a hand painted drop spindle too.  It has sheep painted on it.  The owner of the store is going to let me get the hang of things before I make a decision about spinning for keeps.  She has all different types of modern spinning wheels, so I think I'll learn what all the parts are named before I go looking for something to buy.  

I'm also picking up an entire vocabulary of words like, spindle, and whorl, and niddy noddies, and staples, and andean plying, and well, the list goes on and on.  It took forever to come up with the right spelling for niddy noddies because I thought it should be spelled knitty.  What do I know?  I'm a newbie again.  A newbie with yarn she hand spun this morning.

I did the above sample skeins on the spinning wheel and I have a smaller sample done on the drop spindle.  My goal is to practice a bit each day so I can show off at class next Saturday.  I couldn't be more thrilled with my new endeavor.  This is going to be fun.  Before I knew it today, class time was over and I'd never once looked at my watch.  Oh.   Did I mention?  I made 6 new friends and 3 of us there are nurses.  The community with others of like interests was nice.  We never once talked shop.

Because I have nothing better to do, I've started another site to journal my attempts at this ancient art form.  Come see me at The Accidental Spinner.

20 comments:

Betty Flocken said...

These look WONDERFUL.. Maybe not to the trained eye but they sure do to me. Sounds like a wonderful thing to get into. I need to find something to do like that.. Well not spinning.. i'm not coordinated and I do take coumadin. :)

Anonymous said...

Looks like it would make a nice pony tail! A couple bobby pins and you'll be good to go.

Rose said...

Good for you! I'll look forward to your newest creations!

Cheryl said...

I think it is wonderful that you are doing this! I'm really looking foward to your journey and seeing your creations!
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Kathleen said...

Didn't Sleeping Beauty knock herself out but good on something sharp on a spinning wheel? Or was is Rupunzle (sp? yes, I'm a bad speller and lazy!) who did some spinning with golden locks to get herself out of the tower. Oh, my, I think you're headed for lots of adventure! And what did you use to make your "pony tail"? Love the new vocab.

sue b said...

Spinning is so addictive and you are off to a great start. I'm impressed with your first efforts.

Jadekitty said...

Very cool, great first efforts!

That is great you connected so well in your class.

distracted by shiny objects said...

hee-hee...I'm still laughing at "nothing better to do." You're a funny little minx:>)

Sandy said...

Rudee, this is great, new friends, new hobby...

I'll check out your other blog!

Miss 376 said...

how fantastic, hope you continue to enjoy the classes. Won't be long and you will be knitting your homespun yarn

flydragon said...

Oh,oh, I can see where this is heading. A midnight trip to the zoo, the sheep enclosure, shears in hand.....

laurie said...

you're amazing.

Winifred said...

Congratulations Rudee, they look great. A trio of spinning nurses too.

Renie Burghardt said...

Sounds like a great new interest, Rudee! And new like minded friends, too. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Fly dragon's comment cracked me up! We have some angora goats around here you could shear at night! Haha. Oh, forget it, there are some big dogs watching them.

Hugs,

Renie

Rudee said...

Why Flydragon, I never even thought of that. Thank you. The zoo is just feet from my house-2500 feet to be exact. I wonder where they hide the sheep at night.

Rudee said...

Kathleen- Yes it was Sleeping Beauty who pricked her finger on a spindle. I wish I could sleep like that.

Renie-I could be stealthy around those angora goats.

Brenda said...

I love your funny commenters! Anony and flydragon always crack me up. It is neat to have some spare time to meet some new friends. Just don't forget about your blogging friends now!

debra said...

Must be a time of "new" for you: new house, new couches, new skills, new friends. A time of exploration. Have fun, my friend.

Gail said...

Sounds like you are having fun and learning lots of new skills...good for you!

Djinn said...

Yay!! Congrats, Rudee!