(If you don’t want to read the whole story just scroll down to my question in the last paragraph.)
A couple of months ago when I had my 7th baby, my midwife was crocheting as she waited for action, and my children were interested to learn. So I learned myself, 4 of the children learned, and am now learning knitting. I made a deal that whoever would learn to knit and crochet could have a sheep and we’d learn to spin.
4 of my children and myself have learned/are learning. So 5 sheep! So far we have 3 sheep, waiting for two lambs to be weaned so we can take them. (It’s spring Down Under). I had banked on getting them all as lambs, having a year to wait until shearing, but now we have 3 12mo black sheep: they came ready to shear!! We have shorn one of them with hand shears and scissors. It took over TWO HOURS!
Anyway we were at my SIL’s place on Sunday and the children mentioned we had got sheep, and she asked if we wanted a spinning wheel! :happydance:She had rescued an Ashford Traditional wheel from being sent to the tip, and it was on her cupboard gathering dust. It belonged to her ex’s mum, and he was going to throw it out when she died. It’s in good condition, my dh just ordered a few spare parts.
So now I’m learning to spin a year sooner than anticipated. Just when I’d returned my spinning books to the library! I heard you didn’t need to card, just spin as is, so I had a try. Well! :gah:I’ve ordered some carders! It was not so easy just spinning it as it came off the sheep. I think I’ll wait until they arrive before attempting any more. It did moisturize my hands nicely though…
I am feeling a little stressed learning so many new things at once, but it’s also invigorating, and great for the children.
One big problem I was having was the yarn over twisting and breaking on me while I was fussing with treadling and drafting. Is there a cure for this? It was even all wiggling up on itself on the bobbin.