I’m In A Spin (Part 3): A Week’s Worth of Spinning

Since I got my e-spinner – the Electric Eel Wheel Nano, I’ve become somewhat addicted! I managed to complete all this in my first week of spinning. In Part 2 I’d completed my first tiny skein of navy and white striped yarn. Next I decided to concentrate on improving my technique so I spun a couple of reels of the cornflower blue merino and plyed it together.

This is such a rich shade of blue! As you can see from the close up my strand thickness and ply is pretty uneven, but I think it was starting to improve by the time I finished these.

Next I tried colour blending. I’ve watched YouTube tutorials on this but I don’t have a blending mat or a carder so I improvised – I pulled out a long strip each of three colours of fibre (pale blue, deep denim blue and teal) and as I spun, I tried to make sure I was varying the colours I drew out. I also spun a reel of the plain pale blue yarn, then I plyed them together.

I found it quite difficult to keep the multicoloured strand even and vary the colours at the same time. The uneven-ness translated through to the the plying, but I rather like the randomness of it.

Finally I spun a bobbin each of pale blue, cornflower and navy. My strands were starting to get more consistent by now. I put them together in a 3-ply. My improvised Lazy Kate (cardboard box with knitting needles stuck through to hold the spools) needed an extra needle poking through to accommodate the third spool.

I was really pleased with how this turned out because I felt that both the spinning and plying looked more uniform. Result!

I’ve definitely caught the spinning bug. I find it very soothing and have really enjoyed learning the basics. I’ve eased back a bit over the last few days so I don’t totally deplete my fibre supply. I’ll have to buy more far too soon if I don’t spin it out!

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I’m In A Spin! (Part 2) – More Spinning Adventures

Yesterday I said I was excited about getting some fibre to spin and my online order from Fibre Hut arrived today: all these gorgeous blue shades of combed merino: 100g each of Denim, Cornflower and Dreamy (a light baby blue) and a collection called Ocean – 25g in each of ten blue and aqua shades.

I chose one of the minis in navy and spun this bobbin. I think it’s much more consistent than yesterday’s attempt.

I got really into spinning this – the minutes just melted away. Spinning is just so relaxing!

When I’d finished spinning this fibre I decided to try plying it with the white I spun yesterday. For this I needed to improvise a Lazy Kate (something to hold the bobbins) – I used a couple of old knitting needles pushed through the box the Electric Eel Wheel Nano came in.

Plying the two yarns together involves the wheel turning in the opposite direction from spinning – you just flick the switch on the the machine.

This is the result. Stripy yarn!

My first mini skein of hand spun yarn……and a great sense of achievement!

I’m In A Spin!

I’ve been playing with one of my birthday presents. Having expressed an interest in learning to spin yarn a while ago, I was given this for my birthday. It’s an Electric Eel Nano: a portable spinning wheel. Less expensive than the traditional type and tiny: only about 14cm long.

It comes with a 2 power cables (UK and US plugs), a USB power cable and spare bobbins. There is no instruction manual, but a card with a link to online video tutorials and a yarn guide.

There’s an orifice hook that I have no excuse to lose, as it stays attached to the machine with a couple of tiny magnets. There is a speed control and a switch for on/off, clockwise/anticlockwise rotation.

I’ve ordered some fleece online, but I did have some roving that I use for needle felting, so I couldn’t resist having a go. I followed the instruction videos which were very clear and found the Nano quite easy to use.

This is the result. – not the most even of yarns but I’m quite pleased with my first attempt at spinning.

The next thing I need to do is try plying it.

Hopefully my online order will arrive this week and I can do some more. I can see myself getting quite addicted!

Have you started any new hobbies this year?