I knew it — I knew before the wheel came that I’d have to take a few steps backward. It’s only natural. My first wee skein came out pretty decent, but like a dork I was a bit overconfident going into the second. It’s pretty and all:

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But it’s kind of dense. Well, more than kind of. I sought some advice on the Pixie boards and the input I received made total sense — I need to slow down. In the beginning, slower is better. Even if that means that for a few weeks my spindle production is faster than my wheel production.

So I took a deep breath, slowed down, and spun another wee skein that was pretty decent. Sorry, no picture, because the colors are pretty meh. Dyeing accident. I do have a picture of this one though:

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Mmmmm, tussah silk. I got brave and decided to see how fine I could spin it. And I just have to say, I can see myself spinning a bit of fingering weight, but I cannot fathom 2-ply laceweight. I finished this and thought, “wow, that’s very very very fine! Maybe it’s laceweight!!” Wrong…22 wpi. Sure, you can find a *few* charts that categorize it as laceweight, but it’s pretty much fingering. And that’s okay.

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I’m trying to get up the courage to start spinning thank-you yarn on the wheel. But I want it to be as nice as the spindle stuff I’ve been sending out…so maybe this weekend. I think I need a bit more practice.

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