For my birthday last month, I requested one present - a drop spindle kit. Of course my girlfriend got one for me (because she's the best) and even let me open it a few days early because I was just too excited to wait. Well, my excitement soon gave way to frustration as my first attempt to spin began going awry. The "yarn" turned out lumpy and inconsistent and it wouldn't stay spun. To be honest, I gave up a little. I wasn't expecting spinning to be so hard and I thought I just wasn't good at it, it seemed that the universe had decided that there would be no handspun sweater for me.
After a week or so I felt brave enough to try again and figure out what I was doing wrong. That's when I learned about drafting (not included in so many tutorials wtf!), and plying, and setting the twist. Now I think I finally got it! Pictured above are my first ever handspun skeins of yarn: very first try on the left, second attempt in the middle, and my most recent go is on the far right. I have A LOT to work on and practice before I can confidently call myself a spinner or even spin enough yarn to make a sweater with, but learning how to do this is super fun.