I was always fascinated by spinning wheels. It seemed that every fairy tale had a spinning woman as the main character. And the wheels I saw in those books were always so beautiful. I had an image in my mind of wearing a beautiful dress, and casually letting the wool slip easily from my hands. I never really thought about the yarn much. Just the fantasy.
I learned other crafts over the years, and was always amazed by the look, feel and texture of yarns and fabrics. When I went to a museum, if they had a display of antique costumes, I was itching to touch the fabrics. I had to satisfy myself with just staring intently at the designs.
When I learned to knit, I became even more intrigued by yarn and spinning wheels. The thought of making my own yarn was very appealing to me. Plus, I wanted to get in touch with my Irish heritage. I wanted to learn the ancient craft of spinning for the history as well as the end product.
I started spinning by making a drop spindle, and buying a small bag of wool at Michaels. (It took me FOREVER to find it.) I dyed the yarn with Kool-Aid and made a little change purse. It was so FUN!
Then, lucky for me, I found a spinning wheel at a consignment store for a great price, and was surprised to see that I also got a box full of fiber and spinning equipment with the purchase. I was a very happy girl.
Learning to spin on the wheel was a difficult thing at first, but I eventually got it. I had to read lots of books, bought a couple videos, and found some online websites and videos as well. But the best way to learn was just DOING it. The more time I spent on it, the better I got.
Now, my yarn is finally looking good enough to knit with it. And Ialways enjoy the time I spend at the wheel.