My friend who originally got me into knitting lives in York and I decided to pay her a much over due visit this weekend. Since moving back to the UK she not only knits and sews but has started spinning and dyeing her own yarns and processing fleeces.
Her house is a treasure trove of special Yarn blends and hand spun Yarn. There is of course non handspun Yarn too but the hand spun and dyed stuff was way too interesting to pay the commercial stuff any attention.
You may have seen my socks I made from one of her special non nylon sock blends.
My absolute favourites of hers were this neutral and this grey. But she also has some fun dyed braids and spun yarns.
Being the enabler she is, she taught me a 6 hour workshop from making my own batt on a drum carder, to spinning it up and playing it and finishing my yarn.
I never doubted it but I was amazed how good she’s gotten with deliberately practice and how much knowledge she now has. It was incredible.
This was not all however. On my last morning I also got a lesson in hand carding to make rolags! This is super fun and I liked the effect of blending two fleeces together a lot and seeing the fleece change into more recognisable fibre.
I now of course would love my own spinning wheel and drum carder. How does this happen!?
Do you spin?