According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2015 is the year of the sheep, goat, ram
and the woolly mammoth (I wonder if alpacas are included…). It is, of course, a very inspiring year for all the fiber crafters.
It’s been 10 years since I have become a
yarn addict crocheteer. It all started in 2005, when my mom taught me my first stitches. I am now interested in the whole upstream process of yarn production – shearing, combing, spinning and dying (preferably with natural pigments). I would also consider raising a couple of these woolly beasts but unfortunately at the moment that can only be plans for the future…
So when the City of Sydney decided to celebrate this new year with free fiber crafts classes BAM there I was! I attended a beginners class for hand spinning with the lovely Verity Heath, who very calmly and patiently introduced us to the wonderful world of hand spinning and gave us some inside tips. This and a couple of alpacas and civilization will never see me again!
Having been introduced into this brave new world, I made some delightful discoveries, like Ashford’s wheels and looms. They have spinning wheels, spindles, amazing fibres and a long time family tradition, how can you not fall in love? I have, of course, made my order of a student spindle and a set of wool in 7 different colours and I can’t wait to start! I will keep you updated on my progress! Meanwhile, a big Ravelry queue is waiting for me so I’d better get back to it!
Do you have experience in yarn production? I would love to hear from you!
PS – My crochet earrings giveaway will be ending this weekend!!! There is still time to enter. Just leave your comment on this picture (https://www.facebook.com/theknittingscientist/photos/a.358665590977623.1073741828.349669931877189/390020914508757/?type=1&theater) and be sure to like The Knitting Scientist Facebook page to be eligible. See you there! 😉