Methinks when this kind of equipment is required to pursue spinning, I could very well be in the wrong “sport”. Oh well – I tried!
Intention: To learn spinning. I’ve always been intrigued with it.
Problem: I’m allergic to virtually every kind of animal hair.
Possible Solution: Go to the yarn store, handle all the wool and see what happens, forge ahead.
The real problem: It turned out to not be the wool itself but the drafting process – with fine hairs flying everywhere – that brought on the very itchy eyes and need for antihistamine.
Feeling: Discouraged but determined. I paid for the spinning class and the spinning wheel rental. I want to give this a solid try… and still be able to breathe 🙂
The next possible solution: Wear some kind of eye gear and mask (not practical). Spin with a merino/silk blend – will try it. Spin with organic cotton – my preference, but teaching staff says it is harder and I need to master spinning with wool first.
ANY ADVICE OUT THERE – other than, “stay away from animal hair, you silly girl, and stick with crocheting your synthetic fibers”???
ADDENDUM: Paradise Fibers in Spokane, WA sells all kinds of cotton, bamboo, faux angora and cashmere!!! If I struggle, skill wise, with spinning wool, why not just go ahead and struggle, skill wise, with spinning cotton? 🙂 Hooray. Feeling hopeful.
Today, October 26th, is the 3rd anniversary of my 1st spinal surgery. To “celebrate”, I got a Zoom Loom. It has lots of Loom and not too much Zoom yet, until I know what I am doing. It took 3 times to finally get it set up without threads popping out all over the place.
Here is my completed 4 inch – wash rag for doll’s dishes? A potholder for lukewarm doll pots? Actually, if I can survive making a bunch of these cute little squares, they can be sewn together to make scarves and placemats. I’m looking forward to eventually moving up to a table loom.
This “carry it anywhere” Zoom Loom may not go over so well with the airlines though. There is a 6 inch needle (to poke my eyes out when I get too frustrated) and tons of spikes on the loom with which to poke out fellow passengers’ eyes. The airlines tend to frown upon such weaponry.
Calling all artists – we know that we do what we do because we love it. I could crochet till the cows come home – and often, they are long tucked into their cozy beds and I am STILL crocheting. But what do we charge when we sell our goods? If I charged even $5 an hour on labor for the large blankets I’ve made for friends, the blankets would literally cost $1,000. Anyone want to comment – as an artist or as a consumer of homemade, handmade goods? What are your guidelines as someone who is selling or buying?
Necessities in life – music, yarn – oh, and maybe air, water and food too! 🙂