It did not look like much, just an old smooth stick stuck through with a wooden circle.
-Little House in the Highlands, Melissa Wiley
After countless frustrating attempts, I accepted that I just couldn't do it. And then I saw this...
... and I knew I'd have to give it one more try.
I sat on a quilt in the sunshine and made this....
...on the simple spindle my Dad made me years ago.
The children played around me in the surprisingly cool May breeze as I myself (there's no other word for it) played with this primitive little tool.
It's not even, nor neat, nor exactly what I set out to do, but I finally succeeded in spinning my very own yarn.
Isn't it cute? I'm both thrilled and a little insecure. There are so many beautiful handspun skeins out there that my first attempt probably looks quite sloppy to expert eyes. But I read something whilst searching for information on how to spin correctly: Anything worth doing is worth doing badly for awhile.
But before she left Auld Mary's house Martha had spun enough thread to wind into a small ball. It was very thick thread and had almost as many slubs and wide fuzzy patches as the thread she had spun on Mum's wheel. Auld Mary said not to worry; she would soon learn the trick of keeping it smooth and even.
Little House in the Highlands - (this book is the only reason we wanted to learn in the first place)