This guy is actually just one of three yarn balls I've made so far, using some fiber that I've had sitting around in my yarn closet for a number of years now, waiting to build up the courage and the free time to really give this a go.
These are the balls from days 1 and 2 (l and r). You'll notice that day 2 is better!
The fiber is Bluefaced Leicester wool, dyed by Adrian over at Hello Yarn. I have thoroughly enjoyed knitting with her patterns, including the pirate mittens I made back in 2006 (old entries here and here!), and working with this fiber has been just as wonderful. The colorway is called "fairy fingers", and it's a great blend of turquoise-y blue, apple green, golden orange, and a pinkish purple.
I'm using a Louet wooden drop spindle with very cute sheep printed on it. Their fluffy and stoic faces are very encouraging when I have moments of frustration.
Here is day 3 hanging up in the shower to dry.
The learning curve for spinning seems to be pretty steep. I am noticing progress every day; drafting is getting easier, I have fewer overspun and underspun sections (they're still there, but there are fewer of them), and I'm able to do a bit more spinning before I totally mess up and get frustrated :) Ideally I'd be able to cool my apartment to work with the wool and the spinning and the lifting and the winding without running a giant box fan that also tries to blow the fiber all around the room, but I'm having fun anyway! I can easily see this becoming a complete addiction.
The final product, days 1, 2, and 3 (l to r):
I am just loving the thrill that comes with learning a new creative process, especially one that is so directly related to an art and a skill that I already enjoy so much. What have you learned lately that made your day?