Passing Down Crazy

Because Sometimes the Best Thing You Can Give Your Kid is an Addiction…To Yarn

Don’t You Dare Laugh!


…at least not to my face!

Does that even remotely look like yarn????

I’m getting on the phone right now and setting up a lesson!!!






HEY!!!!!  I heard that snicker!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

17 thoughts on “Don’t You Dare Laugh!

  1. You just made “boucle!” definition: Boucle “a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect.”

    It is special. Once you learn to spin more evenly, you won’t be able to get the boucle look as easily. Enjoy it while you can!

  2. No laughing here. I give you credit for trying. I know you’ll get the hang of it soon, and we’ll be seeing lots of beautiful yarn winding on that bobbin.

  3. Most of us have been there/done that. Looks like my early attempts…..

  4. That is a thick-and-thin or slubby singles yarn and it’s beautiful! Good for hats or mitts, it will come in handy someday, no worries!

  5. Congratulations on the new arrival! As a relatively new spinner myself, I recently found, after much searching and practice, that it helped me a great deal to think of pulling the fiber “forward” with my front hand rather than of pulling “back” with my other hand. Does that make sense? I watched a youtube of someone spinning singles. She didn’t say a word. I love those kinds of demos. Anyway, it has helped me control the way I want my yarn to look. Have fun with the new wheel and don’t forget to stand up and walk around occasionally, ha!

  6. Ruth Macgregor.

  7. A new toy? Congrats! Looking forward to new pretties from you….

  8. Sorry, that was my snicker. But I take great pleasure knowing you will learn to make great yarn, while I cannot. I can’t wait to watch your progress!

  9. That’s how my first attempt looked too. Just a little one-on-one with a friend was all it took to get me spinning stuff that actually resembled yarn. That, and a lot of practise. Actually I need more practise, but at least now I know what I’m supposed to do and how I’m supposed to do it, and when I do spin each bobbin is better than the one before. A class will definately empower you to keep going and remember to KEEP this first bit of hand spinning so that you can compare it to all the wonderful yarn you’ll soon be spinning and it will bring you smiles and happy memories for many years.

  10. Ok, I’m so sorry. But I totally laughed out loud when I saw this post. I love it! I was the same way when I started spinning. It takes time, practice and feel. You’ll get the hang of it. If it makes you feel better, my first skein of yarn that I spun was virtually unusable because of how lumpy it was!!!

  11. I wouldn’t laugh at all! My first was very similar. I am amazed at how addicting it is, and how quickly one can get the hang of it. Good luck.

  12. Here is my tip. You keep spinning and save that first skein. Put it away and keep spining and practicing. In a while take that first skein out and compare it and you will see major change. Even my girls could see the transformation from my first skein to the skeins I produc now. It is a fun memory to actually get to hold.

  13. My first attempts on the drop spindle looked just like that.

    Don’t worry, you’ll be spinning in no time!

  14. Looks like normal beginner yarn to me! Seriously, stick with it and soon you’ll get the ah-ha moment and everything will click!

  15. That looks almost exactly like some very expensive yarn I bought a few years ago. Ultimately I hated knitting it but it made a wonderful hat.

  16. You really needed another craft/hobby! Once you become the expert, that we all know you will, will you please help me master my quilting?!?!?

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