Adventures with a drop spindle…

I’ve been meaning to get into spinning for a while, so recently I ordered my very first drop spindle from Purely Inspired on Folksy. My first attempt was rather, um, ‘arty’ looking (kind of reminiscient of Rowan’s discontinued Biggy Print yarn, I suppose):

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On my second attempt I was spinning some mystery fibre with sparkly bits in it, and I managed to get it a bit thinner, something like an aran weight once plied:

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By this time I was thoroughly addicted, so I went rooting through my stash and found loads of merino roving that I’d got ages ago when I was into felting. I’m currently spinning up some of the orange stuff, trying to get it as thin as possible so that when it’s plied it will be lace or fingering weight:

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