Spinning Wheels – Why?
We dye to spin. I love spinning by the use of spinning wheels. From the ocean to the sky, all the beauty that the eye can behold from God’s good earth; if you can imagine it you and spin it. It is relaxing and rewarding to see the colors blend together as the wool drafts through your fingers and hands. You can produce traditional or soft, plump silky singles to create the latest trend in the artsy yarns. I like to spin the wool with a lot of crimp, you get more stretch, loftiness, and bounce in the skeins. Mohair and wensleydale are some of the wools that give you shine, crimp, and strength. The length makes it strong, and easy to spin.
When you dye the gentle shading and blending of the colors recreates the beauty of nature from God’s good earth more than any other medium. When the colors blend I just cannot wait to see how it will spin up. If you can imagine the yarn, you can spin it. The techniques are endless. We will show you how. We just let you sit and gently move your feet until you get in the spin of things. My dad taught me to drive, he said see how slowly you can back out of this garage. It is about moving your feet slowly while your hands are doing all of the work. Dad also warned my husband before we were to be married that he had been tangled in yarn since he married my mother. I learned on youtube how use a spinning wheel. It is just sticking with it, practice and learning something new every time. Some people eat for comfort, and others spin. I get excited when someone learns how and can get in on the fun of creating, obviously one of a kind piece of their own yarn and then into an original piece of art work.
As you continue your confidence and independence builds. There are no mistakes, just learning opportunities to keep moving to a higher level of creativity. My yarn goes with me, time doesn’t matter while waiting anywhere, if I can have two needles or a hook. Once I had only one crochet hook at the airport, a fellow watching me asked if that was all you need to make a hat, so I had to give him my hook; he was in the navy and wanted it badly. He said that he had a lot of time on his hands. The balance between the amount of twist, the thickness of the roving, and the length of the staple determine the cohesiveness of the yarn. The length of the fiber enables a beginning spinner to be more able to learn with ease and quickly become successful, from the traditional to the modern. We sell fine top combed roving from down the back of the sheep.
Clouds of soft fiber and you can tame it with your hands, the possibilities are endless. We love spinning wheels and spinning!