I present to you…
My first singles in a spinning wheel!! No, I didn’t buy one yet. This is on loan until I get my beloved Fricke (which may be sooner than previously planned!!:), or I run out of fiber–whichever comes first. (Hehe, relax Val).
First steps: I took the Ashford Joy out of the bag and began to set her up. I pulled out a bit of the Finn I got at Rhinebeck and prepped it while I just treadled to get a feel for treadling. And then the flyer fell out on my feet! Oops! Hubby bust out laughing, saying “OOOH you BROKE it!”. But no, I didn’t. Somehow, though, I’d missed the part of the instructions which tells you to hold the flyer whorl still while winding the flyer assembly into place.
I had a few false starts as the leader would get away from me but eventually I got it going. Since in my mindless rush to get spinning, I didn’t divide the fiber into equal weight sections, I will have to alternate bobbins until both are at about the same amount full. I bet that’s a joke, huh? But I DID try Navajo plying to avoid left over singles, and well, let’s just say I have learned to not be lazy(or forgetful!) and divide my fiber equally and just spin 3 bobbins full and accept that I might have leftovers if I want a 3 ply. Navajo-ing, for me, is for spindles only.
Ohh, did I just say spindle? *snort/laughter*. Yeah, we know the deal. NEXT!