My Other Crafts: Spinning

As I’ve mentioned before, soaping is not the first crafty pastime I picked up. It’s not even the most recent – just the one that’s taken on a life of its own, as it were. In the interest of telling everyone a bit more about the woman behind the soap, I thought I’d talk a bit about some of the other things I like to do, when I find some spare time lying around somewhere.

Drop spindle

Drop spindle, waiting for fiber

Spinning is a craft I picked up more or less the same time as soaping, but whereas I’ve spent thousands of hours over those years making and working with soap, I’ve probably spent about 30 spinning. So I’ve got an awful lot of learning yet to go.

Not actually too bad for no more work than I’ve put into the skill so far! Plenty of room to improve, though, but then, isn’t there always?

Still, it’s fun, and soothing, and I’m looking forward to having made enough yarn of at least more-or-less the same weight that I can crochet it into something and felt it. At the moment, my yarn seems to be unable to decide what it wants to be. It’s a really pretty color, though – and I really love watching the fluffy fiber twist up into yarn, especially now that I’ve got the hang of it enough to be able to spin for a decent amount of time without making a horrendous tangle of things.

Someday I want to get a spinning wheel. But I think I should probably finish getting the knack of the drop spindle, first!

(Also, I’m saving the little tufts of fiber that escape during the process, and I’m going to try my hand again at making felted soap, sometime.)

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About Amy Young

Founder of Foam on the Range soaps. View all posts by Amy Young

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