Crafty Cross-Training: A Knitter & Crocheter Learns to Spin Yarn

by | Jan 12, 2022 | Art & Craft, Essays

A little over seven years ago, I took up spinning. I had taken up crochet and knitting a few years before that while adjusting to my new role as a mother, and desperately needed something creative to do that was easy to pick up and put down between the baby’s naps. Crochet and knitting had opened up a world I hadn’t considered before, one that had eventually led me to take up work writing knitting patterns. I would not have thought even at that time that I’d ever become so immersed in the world of textiles as to try to learn how to make the yarn itself, but the thing about turning a hobby into a job is that it left me wanting a new hobby.

image description: a gravel road, with two farm buildings visible in the distance, partially hidden behind trees

How it started/How it’s going. Left: Corriedale, first attempt at spinning, May 2014. Right: Corriedale, June 2019.

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