One of my new year's spinning/knitting resolutions is that I am determined to become proficient in spindling. Unlike most spinners, I did not start with a spindle but jumped right on to the wheel.I decided I would try spindling during last year's Tour de Fleece and got bit by the spindle bug -- mostly in collecting the spindles. This year,however, I am determined to put them to use.
Two events helped reallized this. The first one is the "monthly spinning club" on the Spindle Candy group on Ravelry. You pick a fiber, a spindle, set to work and post your picture on the group thread. The second one is that my Snobby Spinners group on Ravelry has launched a "handspun smitten mittens swap." These miniatures mittens are based on a free pattern "Smitten" on the Knitpicks website. Each mitten only takes about 20 feet of yarn. I figured this would be perfect for leftover handspun scraps and, more importantly, practicing my spindling! I only need to start small and got almost an instant gratification that would encourage me on.
The first spindling was done in a couple of days.
Less than an ounce of merino/camel/silk batt from Corgi Hill Farm was spun on a Bosworth Midi, Mini and a Golding spindles. The three singles were plied on my brand new Schacht Matchless Wheel.
I was surprised how much yarn I got - almost 50 yards, three-ply, light-worsted weight. And here is the first mitten:
I have enough yarn left for another mitten. We are supposed to knit one mitten a week, to have enough to exchange in the fall to make a holiday garland. At the rate I am going I could have several garlands.