I had sooooooo much fun on Sunday! I went to a spinning wheel class at A Mano Yarn Center in Venice, taught by John Pitblado.
You may remember that last month I took the drop spindle class with John and found that lots of fun. I was very excited about trying a wheel and was not disappointed with the class.
The lovely ladies at A Mano let several of us borrow wheels, as did John, and the 6 of us in the class took a lovely adventure.
My first experimentation was on a Louet S10 (single treadle. irish tension), with which I had great fun. Here are my singles ready to be plyed.
Having had the drop spindle class I had a much better sense of what I was doing when drafting and what my final objective was, singles size speaking.
Here she is being wound into a ball for plying.
And post plying, John used my little project to demonstrate the use of a tiny, cute little niddy noddy.
The best part... look at that little tiny skein of yarn!
Here's a before and after pic to give you a sense of the colors. It is still a mystery to me to see how such a colorful blend of colors in the fiber can tone down so much in the final yarn. Amazing!
Again, John was a fabulous instructor! After class, I feel inspired to go out and buy a wheel. After using the Louet for most of the class, I did get to try out a double treadled Ashford Joy (scottish tension) which I also really liked quite a bit. It was also great to see 6 different wheels in the class and to get a sense of the different options and how they are similar and different.
Now if I can just find a way to talk myself into spending so much money on a new toy ... hmmm... what rationalization could I use for that?!