Full circle

I received a message on Ravelry today from a new spinner. It made me think. When I first started out, it was overwhelming. So much information! Too much information. I was frustrated, but so psyched to have the wheel. In 3 days I had made yarn. That was in November, 2008. I took my super thick first yarn, it was about 34 yards...and crocheted it into one of my all time favorite hats. See pictures of it below! 

 Here's my recommendations to newbie spinners:
Watch a lot of videos on spinning. It's about how your hands feed the fiber into the wheel. There's so many different techniques, don't worry about them now. Try for actually getting yarn. no matter what the shape onto the bobbin. Your first skeins will be dreadful, but awesome!
The hardest part is adjusting the tension so the fiber feeds right. It was easy with my first wheel, a Lendrum DT. I have a Schacht Ladybug, a Echo from Spinolution, and a Ashford Country Spinner 2. You'll get it eventually! Check out the book "Start Spinning" by Maggie Casey. It was my first spinning book-a really good primer on spinning. It will take at least 6 months to get the basics down. If you get discouraged, walk away from the wheel, and try again the next day.
My favorite spinning videos are, from Rexenne on Youtube. She's funny, and very relate able...and seriously a genius.

Put it in the washer!

There you are, you bought your first fleece. It's got to be cleaned! How? This is an easy tutorial on how to get your dirty greasy fleece clean.

Wash in the washer!
top loading washer
140* water
wool fleece
desired soap (I use Unicorn Power Scour)
about 30 minutes

remember these tips:
water + soap, then add the fleece. Don't add soap to fleece!
soak in soap, wait for dirt to appear
rinse 2x's **leave the lid up while filling or you could felt your precious woolies!

Now what?? Ok. I have a plan for that. If it's a smaller fleece, you can it out on old window screens, or an old mesh baby gate stacked with bricks for airflow. If you want to go big, follow my fun tute on making BIG drying screens:

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