I had my first lesson (and first ever hands on experience with a spinning wheel) today at the Sassy Spinster in Lancaster, TX. Well, first of all, spinning is harder than it looks. The first half an hour or so, I wasn’t even getting any yarn onto the bobbin. It was just twisting and making a mess and not even passing over the hooks because it was such a twisty mess. I took about an hour to get to the point where something actually appeared to be happening. I was making… something. But I was still holding onto the fiber too long so it was getting over twisted. The instructor let me muddle and struggle for awhile so I could start getting the hand of dealing with my problems and figure things out on my own. After she made me take a break, get something to drink, and walk around for awhile, she pulled off the mess I had made so far and let me start fresh. My second pass was still pretty just rope, but the tangling was much less of an issue.
While I was definitely not taking to spinning like a duck to water, I could tell by the end of the two hours that some meager progress had happened. I decided to go ahead and order my own wheel. I chose the Kromski Sonata. It is the wheel my lesson was on and I like the look of it and it was only slightly out of my budget. Plus it comes with a built in lazy kate and the carrying bag. I’m so excited for it to arrive so I can make a mess of some more fiber. 🙂