Step 1: Buy a spinning wheel
Step 2: Acquire some wool appropriate for spinning yarn
Step 3: Learn to use said spinning wheel
Step 4: Spin. A lot.
Step 5: When you are finished spinning singles, wind your yarn into a cake to be plied with itself
Step 6: Ply your yarn
Step 7: Go to the Home Improvement store for some PVC pipe and T-joints (I don’t know if they’re actually called this). You will need this to build a Niddy-Noddy.
Step 8: Assemble your Niddy-Noddy
Step 9: Wind plied yarn onto your new Niddy-Noddy
Step 10: Tie yarn scraps around your new skein in several places to prevent tangling and take your skein off the Niddy-Noddy. Hooray! You have a skein now!
Step 11: Wash your skein in lukewarm water with wool wash – be sure not to agitate, else your wool will felt
Step 12: Rinse the skein thoroughly (again in lukewarm water and being sure not to agitate), thwack it on a hard surface (this helps to set the twist and is incredibly satisfying to do), and hang to dry
Step 13: Wait an interminably long time for the yarn to dry
Tadah! You have just made yarn! Rejoice! Celebrate! Pet it lots. And then you get to decide whether to keep it as a skein or knit it up. Mine is going to become a Honey Cowl.
4 thoughts on “How to make yarn in 13 easy steps”
So easy! Anyone can conquer 13 steps. 🙂 I plan to make a honey cowl with some of my homespun as well. It is a good pattern for handspun. 🙂
I’ve had the honey cowl on my radar for quite a while. I think it will make a good project for closer to the wedding/honeymoon since it’s so simple.