Last summer my lovely husband bought me a spinning wheel for my birthday. I threw myself into learning the art of spinning and, although very much still a novice, I began to produce some usable yarn. The more I used the wheel the greater my desire to try spinning new fibres became, and by the time Yarndale came around in September I was ready to go on a major ‘fluff’ stash-building mission.
I had developed a clear plan, to try spinning the wool of as many different breeds as possible, how else would I truly learn the characteristics of each different type of wool? Distracted at times by dazzling blends in rainbow colours, sparkles and shimmer, I did manage to come away with a good array of wool to spin. I rushed home to display them all in my new special basket (because choosing storage solutions is all part of the fun, no?)…where they have remained since.
So, I have decided that NOW is the time for me to get back to it and have decided to blog my progress here as an incentive to keep going. I am going to start with the British Breed sampler pack I bought from the wonderful Hilltop Cloud. I am a huge fan of Kate Davies Designs and this pack will allow me to spin up all the yarn I will need to knit up her fantastic ‘Sheep Heid’ hat.
My aim is to have the hat finished by October when I am heading up to Shetland for a bit of Wool Week fun. I’ll let you know how I get on!