Last winter I purchased a second-hand spinning wheel. I have been inspired by fiber art ever since my husband's Aunt Shelley spent a full day with me years ago, sharing a variety of activities that can be done with wool, including carding, felting, dying, and hand spinning.
Since that day, I have gained much appreciation and awareness fiber art, and now with my own spinning wheel in my home, I am learning how to spin wool into yarn.
There is something grounding and peaceful about the process and experience of spinning.
Spinning helps to clear my mind, and focus on the present moment, much like playing an instrument, but with the added bonus of producing a tangible product.
I now have the basics down to spin roving into single ply yarn, and I have hopes to learn how to spin double ply yarn over the winter and to dye and knit the yarn into something to wear.
Right now I am just going at my own pace, spinning during pockets of time in the evenings and on weekends by myself or parallel to my family, learning as I go.
- I have been purchasing clean, carded wool roving on sale through etsy as I am learning how to spin. Someday, maybe our backyard will have a spinner's flock of sheep - time will tell, but I can tell you that we don't need any sheep in the mix right now! So yes, spinning is quite possible without a fiber supply out your back door.
- It is advisable to join a fiber guild or find a mentor to help you learn how to spin, but for me it worked out to learn on my own time watching youtube videos, I linked the videos that helped me below.