This week we adjusted the wheel some more and put a spring on the scotch tension. That helped a lot. Debbie-the-teacher thinks that there is some issue with the footman, and had me try a couple of different wheels. The treadling was definitely easier on the newer wheels. I’ll keep cleaning and oiling this one though, as I am not ready to choose a new one. Well, I am not ready to PAY for a new one. 🙂
Then Debbie taught me how to hand card and make rolags, and spin from them. Now this is ever so much easier! I am getting a nice thin single at last.
She loaned me hand carders, gave me a bag of clean fleece and the assignment of spending an hour a day hand carding and spinning, and fill the bobbin by next Wednesday. I think it will take a lot more spinning to fill it this week than it did last week!
She also said I AM ready for colors, and how else will I learn all the joys of this craft if I don’t practice on new things? She compared it to knitting with cheap acrylic yarn or a beautiful soft merino/silk blend. She sold me, and I will be checking out her pretty hand-painted braids. As well as all the fabulous offerings at Fiber Frolic this weekend – can’t wait!