Learning how yarn is made is the very best way to improve your skills as a knitter or weaver. By learning to spin, you’ll gain insight into what characteristics of a yarn will make it more durable or resistant to pilling, or what types of yarn will be more suitable to lace knitting, or simply how to substitute yarns for a knitting project. And through the experience of handling spinning fibre itself, you’ll also learn how to look at wool for spinning and understand the features and characteristics of different sheep breeds so that you’ll know what to look for when you go to build your own stash of treasured spinning fibre.
In this course, I have very simple goals for you. By the end of this course, I would love for you to be able to achieve three things:
- to be able to spin a continuous yarn using your spinning wheel
- to be able to make a simple, traditional 2-ply yarn and finish that yarn in preparation for knitting or weaving, or whatever you might like to do with it
- to understand that multiple variables affect the characteristics of your finished yarn. So we’ll talk about the main variables that affect your handspun like what makes a thin or thick yarn, what makes a soft and smooth yarn, what makes a lofty yarn or a sleek and slinky yarn, and more.