So, yesterday was the spinning workshop when I attempted to turn one of the above into something useable! Two friends and I toddled off here in the mist and ice to spend the day crafting. Two of us did spinning and one (and another woman) did loom weaving.
It was a cold day, -4C when we drove there, and I'm glad I took my wellies and plenty of layers. We went out to meet the 'ladies' and I certainly wasn't overdressed. There was one gent in the field, who is just finishing his annual duties, he was very polite and well-behaved.
Back inside, we carded fleece before wrangling with the spinning wheels. My worst nightmares of tension and co-ordination were all realised. The treadling bit was easy, as was adding new bits of fleece, but I found getting any consistency very difficult.
But I suppose that's the point of practise, and like anything it would all get better with time. I suppose. I managed to fill two bobbins before 'plying' one of them with a contrasting yarn. A bit of a flirt with the niddy noddy and a skein was mine.
I had a quick shufty on ebay for spinning wheels and almost dropped bow-legged when I saw how much they cost. I'm not sure my talents warrant that sort of outlay...