My love for spinning started with a drop spindle from ilashdesigns: http://ilashdesigns.bigcartel.com/. I began spinning and fell in love. I watched lots of videos on youtube to learn how to spin using the spindle.
|My first spinning with a spindle.|
One of my favorite videos on the basics of spinning: http://youtu.be/rPUORvO-GZE
One of my favorite videos about drafting: http://youtu.be/Us0nk_ryMDI
Then I started looking at videos on how to dye fibers. I found lots of interesting and helpful videos, but one video stood out to me: http://youtu.be/D1jD86nZmik. I immediately wanted to learn to dye locks. But if I dyed them, how would I spin them. I don't have a carder, and all I had was a drop spindle. I started falling in love with locks - dyed and NOT dyed.
I began researching spinning even more. I began researching wheels. I found an amazing video that had me hooked. Neauveau Fiber Arts, http://www.handspunartyarn.com/, had already caught my eye a year before with some very helpful videos about business questions. So when I came across her video on corespinning, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmLxlCISVb8&feature=share&list=SP88239D4AB9060E3A. I watched it every day for weeks. I kept reading about wheels, watching videos and learning. I decided that within my budget, I would get a Louet S17 spinning wheel, and then buy the jumbo flyer and bobbin later. This seemed the best solution for me. I began saving money, but then would end up helping someone else out. I finally decided to do a fiber auction to raise money for a wheel.
|My amazing wheel!|
Unknown to me, a great group of friends got together and bought me the very wheel I was trying to get. (Note: It still brings tears to my eyes.) The wheel showed up at my house, and ever since, I just can't stop learning more.
|Some of my first yarns using my wheel|
So, today, I was able to spin my first Art Yarn and I am so happy!!! I wish I could put into words how grateful I am, but I can't. If you have ever had a dream become a reality, maybe you understand.
If you have a moment check out the wonderful videos that taught and inspired me!
|My core-spun art yarn still on the bobbin!|