This week I determined that I wasn't nearly busy enough, and tackled an unfinished project of mine that has been taunting me for a couple of years. I bought a drop spindle on a whim at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool festival a few years ago, and then some dyed wool (sorry I don't remember what it is) at the Waukesha Spin-In soon after. The instructional DVD that came with the spindle was great, but a little vague. So when determined to spin away my hours, I was left with a pathetically small strand of yarn and frustration.
Every couple of months I would pick it up and try a little more, but it never seemed to get any better. Last weekend I picked it up again while I was waiting for photos to upload on my laptop, and came to the realization that I simply wasn't making the drafts thin enough . So I watched a few more videos and slowly spun two single plys together by the end of the week.
Late Thursday night I finished up a large ball of thick and thin chunky weight yarn! It's not uniform by any means, but it is very soft and warm. I've been playing around with a few different patterns, and after ripping it out numerous times, I've settled on making some fingerless mitts. Simple and warm, I need some for when I'm working at my desk in the coldest corner of our house. Pictures to come soon!