Monday, November 12, 2012

How did I learn to spin?

In a Facebook Group, someone posted the question, "How did you learn to spin?" This is/was my answer.

I encountered a skein of handspun angora yarn at a craft fair where I was selling jewelry.  I touched it and it ignited something in me.  Not remembering learning how to crochet (and, actually, not remembering ever having done it before), but knowing I knew how, I asked the spinner what size hook she would recommend.  She told me, and I bought the 12oz skein of yarn.  It was a single, grey.  That week I went to a yarn store and bought a hook, and then I went home and crocheted a sweater for my daughter (no pattern, just intuition, and I ran out of yarn just before the end and put in a stripe of dark pink store-bought yarn).  That sweater has been worn by all 4 of my kids (I dyed it cobalt blue when my daughter was done with it).

I was attracted to handspun yarn from the beginning of my remembered crochet, and then I learned to knit.  I joined Etsy (and set up a jewelry shop there) so I could trade for handspun yarn.  I did hundreds of trades.  I was crocheting and knitting all the time, and I loved it.  I tried spinning here and there, but it didn't click until it did.  And I have never looked back.  Now I spin every day - on spindles, on wheels, with my fingers.  I have never loved any vocation as much as I love spinning.  It feeds something primal in me. 

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