I’ve always done a lot of working with yarn, but I’ve never actually made my own yarn. Thanks to a spur-of-the-moment purchase of 16oz of Merino wool roving and a lovely little drop spindle, that has changed.
I’ve been teaching myself how to spin (thanks YouTube!), and here is one of the nifty little videos that I learned from:
My first go at making a small skein of yarn went as follows; I spun the yarn on the spindle:
I then wrapped the yarn around a chair (you can do this with your arm as well but I like the chair a lot more) and added ties at intervals in a different colour:
And then I soaked it in some hot water without agitating the yarn:
Now the yarn is hanging to dry on my balcony! But while that is drying…
More spinning! 🙂