How to make yarn in 13 easy steps

Step 1: Buy a spinning wheel

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.

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Dramatic Lyric

I am a musician, a teacher, and a life-long crafter. I love to read and write, and my favourite book is Jane Eyre.

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