This is the first rest day on the grueling Tour de France and for those of us crazies who are participating in the Tour de Fleece 2011 on the Ravelry forum of the same name. I've chosen to enter in the categories of Rookie, Peleton, Team Canada, Team Bosworth, Team Spindle Wheel and Team Newfoundland and Labrador.
I've been on a very steep learning curve-perhaps an 11% grade to put it in cycling terms. I've gone from the stop and drop stage with the drop spindle to spinning a passable, pliable fibre. With my Bisson flyer wheel, I'm actually spinning for up to two whole minutes without having to stop and re-thread the orifice or hand-start the wheel! Here is a picture of that wheel with yesterday's bobbin.
Today is the weekly knit night at my closest yarn shop, Unwind Yarn & Gifts. I'm actually looking forward to a break from all the spinning and having a chance to knit. Mastering spinning is giving me a renewed perspective on what it is like to be a beginner again, and hopefully the experience will make me a better knitting teacher.