I am a quilter (Inspired Creations byD) by nature and work with fabric but now that I have my alpacas and have felt what their fleece feels like – my head is (pardon the pun) spinning with ideas of what to do with the fiber.
I started taking spinning lessons – first on a drop spindle. When I got to my lesson Jan (the woman teaching me), told me I would be spinning in an hour and I responded with “I truly doubt that”. Well sure enough, I was; albeit NOT VERY WELL but just the same spinning. Jan filled me in on the basics of the drop spindle and how to get the fiber to twist; how you spin in “z” and then “s” if plying – always opposite; how to “draft” out your fiber for a consistent yarn – as shown below I had that down real well (ha, ha, ha).
I was sent home with some homework for the following week. Basically I needed to practice my single ply spinning and try to become more consistent.