It’s our final month of Spinning Spring Training, and we’ve got some great warm-weather challenges for you:
Non-wool fibers present some challenges for the beginning spinner (and sometimes even experienced spinners!), but don’t let that scare you away. Below are some of our favorite tips & resources for mastering each of our June challenges:
- If you choose to spin from hankies or caps, check out this easy-to-follow photo tutorial from the KnittySpin archives.
- Spinning silk from cocoons is a bit more labor-intensive, but you can follow these detailed instructions from eHow to get started.
- Of course, prepared silk and silk-blend tops are probably the easiest introduction to spinning with this luxury fiber!
- This free eBook from Spinning Daily has everything you need to know to spin beautiful silk yarns for knitting, weaving, crochet and embroidery!
- Many spinners prefer to spin cotton from punis or rolags; while cotton can be spun on any type of wheel, the Charkha was designed especially for the spinning of cotton.
- Download this free ebook from Spinning Daily to learn everything you ever wanted to know about spinning cotton (and more)!
- Break out the spindle: it might initially be easier to spin your cotton (especially if it’s not from a prepared top) with a spindle – click here for instructions and a photo tutorial from New England Simple Living.
- Yak, Camel, and Qiviut can be processed similarly to cotton, since fibers from these animal are typically short and quite fine – usually as soft (or softer) than cashmere! Try spinning from the fold or using a long-draw technique to make working with short staples a little easier your first time out!
With the Tour de Fleece just around the corner, it’s time to get serious about spinning! For those of you who prefer to spin wool no matter the season, we’ve created a special Fiber Pack for June with you in mind: explore the world of naturally-colored fibers with this mix of Romney, Coopworth and Dorper. This limited-edition pack contains 4.5 pounds of fiber valued at $138 for only $75!