Monday, November 22, 2010

Laughing my Face Off

When I began to learn to spin I stated to many and all that my goal was to learn to spin fingering weight.  It's my favourite weight of yarn to work with.  But I was met with a lot of skepticism from well-meaning friends.  They all told me that once I learned to spin fine, I would find in extremely difficult, impossible was implied, to spin thicker again.

Well, I'd say, you just draft more fiber, use a heavier spindle and off you go.

Oh no! said my friends with a laugh.  It's not that simple, everyone has this problem.

Mary Jane said "Laurie, when you come crying to me that you can't spin thicker yarn, I will laugh in your face."

Well, look who's laughing now.

I just decided to give it a try and got these results on my first attempt. I imagine I could get better with practice. Here's a comparison with commercial Shetland fingering weight on the right:



  1. I bow to your spinny prowess!

  2. Laurie if you have been spinning finer yarns for several years then attempt to spin a thicker single it is harder to do because your hands automatically do what they know.

  3. I never doubted.

  4. Yeah, I have to agree with Jody. I've been spinning sock weight for a long time, and I find it harder to spin heavier mind takes over my hands and as soon as I'm not thinking about what I'm doing, I'm back to blasted fingering LOL.

    Your yarns look great BTW!

  5. Very pretty spinning.