So I thought it might be kind of fun to show of some of my “first” handspun attempts. (Rav stash page here)
I don’t have a picture of the original fiber, but it was about 100g of some wool (probably SW Merino), dyed by the oh-so-talented Bee Mice Elf, who was doing a spinning demo at my LYS. I got a bottom whorl spindle, and some fiber from her, and made the left-most yarn pictured.
I was so proud of that yarn, man. It was CRAZY chunky, (I couldn’t do drafting, so I literally just broke the fiber into skinny little sections, pre-drafted that to death, and added twist, omg). So I knit it up on some 15’s, flat, and stitched ‘em up into tubes. (Rav project page here).
So after I had spun some other things, and then acquired an actual wheel, I wanted to try and re-do this yarn, because I loved the colours, and had limited funds for going out and buying actual new fiber. So I ripped out the mitts, took out as much of the twist as I could from the yarn (pretty easy because it was lolnoob spun), and fluffed it up a bit, then spun it up all proper like.
Resulting yarn was like a sport weight 2ply (the finest I had spun at that point in my spinning adventures). (Rav page for new mitts here)
The end yarn and project definitely lost some of the fluffy softness the original fiber and yarn had, but I was (and still am) very happy with the results, and I feel like I really learned a lot from the whole experience.
Anyone else have interesting first yarn stories? Or even just projects you’re really proud of?