Yesterday we had a wonderful Christmas celebration with the Steinhagen family. I introducted them to you a few posts back when they came to take home Shirley’s fleece for Janice’s birthday present. Their whole family is so talented! They bake, make and sell redware pottery, spin fleece, knit, weave, forge iron, write books, and go to Revolutionary War reenactments. Phew! Needless to say they are happily busy people!
But we were so blessed to have them visit yesterday…particularly me, whom Janice was kind enough to sit with for a bit while I tried my best to spin some pencil roving we got earlier this month.
What a wonderful teacher she is! She quietly observed my technique and offered me tips and tricks that eventually resulted in my spinning this! It’s a bit thick, but it is WAY more uniform that anything I’ve spun so far! I have to say that the fact that it was pencil roving, which didn’t need much drafting (pulling it and stretching it out before it is spun), so all I had to concentrate on was treddling and feeding the roving into the wheel.
Here’s a close up. Yarn is so naturally beautiful!
I can hardly keep away from the wheel now! I’ll practice on this last bit of grey pencil roving that we have, and then I’ll have to graduate to trying to spin from Matilda’s rolags that I’ve been making all summer! THAT feat might require another wonderful visit from the Steinhagens, but I won’t be complaining!
Thanks again, Janice, for all of your help! You are an excellent teacher, and I give all of the credit of this yarn to you!