How I started Spinning Yarn

How I started Spinning Yarn

Spinning yarn isn't the usual hobby someone takes up, it's one of those hidden ones you kind of stumble over whilst trawling through the depths of Craft based blog posts.

I first discovered Hand-spun yarn back at University, whilst studying my Drawing and Applied Arts degree in Bristol. In my second year, we were given a semester to explore and create a body of work around the idea of Generation Lost.



For me, this was exploring skills and hobbies previous generations in my family had learned and past down- namely Knitting. Both my Mum & Nan are prolific knitters, they're absolutely fantastic at it. Every year throughout Primary school, my Nan knitted my school jumpers, and my Mum once knitted a huge Jemima Puddle-Duck cuddly toy for me as a child.

They both tried teaching me on separate occasions when I was a child, neither were successful. My mum would try to show me the stitches but she went so fast that before I got the hang of casting on, she'd knitted half a scarf and I'd lost what I was supposed to be doing. My nan had more of a 'banging head against a brick wall' scenario going on after calling me cackhanded for being a leftie. I just couldn't get my head around using my right-hand as a child, even just using scissors was a nightmare.

Over the years since then, I've taught myself to rely more on my right hand and become ambidextrous out of modern-day necessity. 

It was safe to say, a knitter I was not.

So when the Generation Lost project came up, after 10+ years, I tried giving knitting another chance. It was not a success....again. I managed the tiniest square of knitting but even that took days of dropped stitches and cursing the fibre gods. Enter Spinning yarn...

I'm not sure where I came across it, most likely within the dark depths of a random craft blog. But once I found it, it found me and I was hooked. I started off buying simple rovings and a drop spindle. And soon expanded with a pair of hand carders to make my own rolag blends.

Soon my University project became about the lost craft of hand spinning yarn. The final piece I exhibited for Generation Lost was a line of handspun yarn on the wall leading to video footage of me spinning, which you can watch below, along with a little handmade animation of knitting.

Since then I've pretty much caught the bug, I've been spinning on/off as a hobby for years. It wasn't until recently I realised the joy of sharing it to friends and through social media. I was inspired to share it further and teach others to hand spin their own yarn, and so Woollen Wytch was born.

Thanks for reading x


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